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Sep 19, 2005 01:36 PM

Prosciutto and Melon - Zuni Cafe Cookbook

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OK, all this talk about cooking one's way through a cookbook made me at least start with Zuni's.

First up was prosciutto with melon. Might as well start easy, right? Ms. Rogers had me do something I never did before: I macerated the cut up cantelope in a little bit of sambuca and crushed fennel seeds before draping over the prosciutto and serving.

Nice touch! I never would have thought of doing that, and it improved the dish, or at least made a cliche into something a bit different. I think I will enjoy this project.

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  1. Hehe, looks like we may have another Zuni convert. One of the reasons I love the book so much is that she does introduce simple flavor twists that I'd never think of that harmonize beautifully. Please keep us posted on future recipes you try.

    What does sambuca taste like and is it a relatively expensive alcohol?

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    1. re: Carb Lover

      Sambuca tastes like anise. It is not cheap. (It is tasty as an after dinner drink too!)

      1. re: Funwithfood

        It seems like most of the Mediterranean countries have an anise liqueur and really any of them would work fine in this recipe.

        Sambuca, Anis, Ricard, Ouzo, Raki, etc. I'm not sure which is the least expensive. I'd guess raki.

        I've cooked from Zuni before (it taught me to brine,and I love the gougeres, but not the filling she suggested), but now I want to be more systematic about it.

        1. re: josephsm

          Thanks for the info. Never heard about Raki before, but will look into it. I'll go to my local liqueur resource and see what kind of anise products they have...

          1. re: Carb Lover

            Definitely do some research on Raki before buying. As I learned while in Turkey, the good stuff is great, but the bad stuff might as well be paint thinner. I found Altinbas reliable, but I'm not sure if it's available here. Note that raki is spelled with the undotted-i in Turkish, which means that the correct pronunciation is "RAW-kuh."