September 6, 2009

Cooling down the heat

Some of the most traditional antipasti are based on very old rules proposed by Galen, the second century Greek physician. Following Galenic standards, to compensate for their imbalanced nature some foods needed to be eaten with some opposite food. According to Galen’s point of view, melons have a cooling effect on ham, a hot and dry ingredient. So, what we have here is prosciutto crudo and melon! The ultimate antipasto! In addition, cold and moist figs are heated by ham: prosciutto and figs!

Prosciutto e melone
1 cantaloupe, sliced
7 oz prosciutto crudo, thinly sliced

Prosciutto e fichi
8 figs, quartered
7 oz prosciutto crudo, thinly sliced
(Optional: olive oil, pepper)

Prosciutto, melone e fichi
4-6 figs, quartered
Slices of melon (cantaloupe and honeydew)
7 oz prosciutto, thinly sliced

Simply arrange fruit and prosciutto as your creativity tells you, and serve on a nice serving dish!
Posted by Daziano at 5:13 PM |  


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