• Watermelon Carpaccio with Fried Prosciutto and Basil Oil

    Ingredients

    4 portions

    • Ingredients
      Amount
    • Small red seedless watermelon
      1 ea.
    • Basil leaves
      2 cup
    • Olive oil
      1 cup
    • Green onion
      2 ea.
    • Pistachios, toasted, chopped
      ½ cup
    • Prosciutto, sliced and fried until crispy
      12 slices
    • Parsley leaves
      ¼ cup
    • Mint leaves, torn
      ¼ cup
    • Goat cheese, crumbled
      3/4 cup
    • Aleppo chili flakes
      1 tsp.
    • Flakey sea salt
      2 tsp.
    • Cracked black pepper
      1 tsp.

    Method

    1. Cut the watermelons into 3 inch rounds that are 1 inch thick and place into vacuum sealer bags.
    2. Compress at 99% and remove from the bag. Slice each round into 4-6 slices using a mandolin or slicing knife.
    3. Blanch the basil leaves for 10 seconds in boiling water. Drain and squeeze out excess moisture.
    4. Puree the basil with the oil in a blender on high until thoroughly smooth.
    5. Strain through a coffee filter for about 1 hour.
    6. Cut the green onion on the bias about 1/16th inch thick.
    7. Shingle the watermelon slices in a line down the center of a plate.
    8. To serve: Sprinkle watermelon with the green onion, toasted pistachios, fried prosciutto, parsley, mint leaves, goat cheese, Aleppo chili flakes, salt and black pepper. Finally, drizzle the basil oil around the plate and serve.