Melon Mozzarella Skewers with Black Pepper Honey

June 16, 2018 by Nicole Collins

Food on a stick is so much fun!

I mean, it's portable. It's adorable. And, it's always delicious.

You can't go wrong with that!

I feel like there can be a little danger involved when it comes to food on a stick. The probability of stabbing yourself on multiple body parts is much higher. But, I generally walk away with few enough scars to make it worth it.

Haha...I kid, I kid. I've NEVER hurt myself on skewered food.

At least not that I'd admit to.

:-)

Either way, you just can't deny the fun foods you can find on a stick. Desserts. Fruits. Kabobs.

There's this restaurant in our city that serves like 30 different kinds of meat right to you at your table, and they carve it directly off a huge skewer. You actually get a little red and green coaster when you sit down. Red means stop, and green means go, of course. But what that actually means is that when the card is flipped to green, the men with the meat will come to you one by one offering you more meat until you flip the card to red. They go on break when you flip to red; but when you're back to green, they come back at you with the meat. It's overwhelming, but oh so fun!

And, it's all coming at you on oversized sticks!

Anywho...today, we're celebrating the official first day of summer being just a few days away by making the perfect summer barbecue treat. And of course, we're serving it on a mini stick.

Today, we're making Melon Mozzarella Skewers with Black Pepper Honey.

This recipe is so easy to throw together, I wasn't sure that I could even call it a recipe. But, we're rolling with it, because it's just too yummy!

This is a 6 ingredient, barely cook recipe!

Let's start with the skewer. It's very simple. We make some melon balls with some cantaloupe and a melon baller. Then, we line it up on a skewer with a bocconcini ball and a spinach leaf. It gets a little dusting of pink himalayan sea salt, and it's done. Bocconcini is just a small ball of fresh mozzarella. Sometimes, you can buy it in a flavored oil, and sometimes it comes in water. For this, we want to use the kind that swims in water. Don't need those extra spices.

Now, the skewer is nice and refreshing as it is. But, we're going to take it to the next level by adding a drizzle of black pepper honey!

The honey is super simple to make. Just heat up a little honey on the stovetop to help it become a little more fluid, and add in some fresh cracked black pepper. That's it! The black pepper adds a hint of heat in the background, while the honey adds sweetness on a whole different level than the melon.

Once you put the sweet stuff all together with the creamy mozzarella and the crisp bite of spinach, you've got the perfect grab and go treat! And since there's basically no prep required, you can prepare a party size amount in no time at all if you need to.

These are so simple and fun, so there's no reason not to go make a batch right now!

So enjoy, get your swimmies ready for summer, and let's eat!

Melon Mozzarella Skewers with Black Pepper Honey

Serves: 24 skewers Print

Ingredients:

  • ½ cantaloupe, balled with a melon baller

  • 1 container (8 oz) bocconcini in water, drained

  • 1 cup fresh spinach

  • pink himalayan sea salt, to taste

  • ¼ honey

  • ¼ tsp fresh cracked black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, heat honey over medium heat until thinned and fluid, about 3-4 mins. Remove from heat and mix in black pepper. Set aside.

  2. On a cocktail skewer, thread one spinach leaf folded in half twice, one mozzarella ball, and one melon ball. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Sprinkle both sides of each skewer with a pinch of pink himalayan sea salt. Drizzle skewers with black pepper honey. Serve with additional honey on the side.

Recipe notes:

*I keep freshly ground black pepper in a small jelly jar in the kitchen at all times to save me the hassle of having to grind it fresh every time. To make a batch, grind black peppercorns in a spice grinder or small food processor. Store in a tightly sealed glass jar.

*These are the cocktail skewers I used.

*These are best served fresh.

*Bocconcini are little balls of fresh mozzarella. Sometimes it comes swimming in water; sometimes it comes in a seasoned olive oil. We want the kind in water for this.

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