Melon Skewers with Aleppo Pepper

These Melon Skewers with Aleppo Pepper and Lime Zest make a perfect party appetizer that's elegant, refreshing and easy to prepare. | platingsandpairings.com

These Melon Skewers with Aleppo Pepper and Lime Zest make a perfect party appetizer that’s elegant, refreshing and easy to prepare.

These Melon Skewers with Aleppo Pepper and Lime Zest make a perfect party appetizer that's elegant, refreshing and easy to prepare. | platingsandpairings.com

These Melon Skewers with Aleppo Pepper and Lime Zest make a perfect party appetizer that's elegant, refreshing and easy to prepare. | platingsandpairings.comLast week I hosted our first housewarming party and invited over the gals from work. I was a bit nervous to be hosting on a weeknight, as it would just give me a couple hours to prepare for a group of about 15 girls, but everything went off without a hitch. Except that Sammie the Labradoodle decided it would be a fun idea to prop her front paws on the counter and snag a couple prosciutto wrapped avocados right before everyone arrived. Luckily, I had extras in the fridge.

My game plan was to put together bites that were easy to prepare, could be prepped ahead of time, looked pretty, and went well with wine – Of course!

The spread consisted of:

And wine, the spread also consisted of lots of wine – Bubbles, Rosé Bubbles, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rosé and Pinot Noir – Because what’s a good party without wine of every kind? (Check out this list for some of my summer favorites)

These Melon Skewers with Aleppo Pepper turned out to be the perfect choice for the housewarming party because it was HOT outside and these were the prefect, refreshing treat on a 90 degree summer day. And, as I mentioned previously, they were super simple to prepare.

These Melon Skewers with Aleppo Pepper and Lime Zest make a perfect party appetizer that's elegant, refreshing and easy to prepare. | platingsandpairings.com

I actually cubed up my melon the night before, and just wrapped it up in some plastic wrap, making things extra simple. Then, shortly before the party, I skewered the cubes, and sprinkled on some Aleppo pepper and lime zest. I used honeydew, but this recipe is also delicious with watermelon or cantaloupe too! The Aleppo pepper has a bit of heat, but it’s not too spicy. It just adds a bit of interest and smoky flavor, while the lime zest brightens everything up.

These bites were the perfect pairing with some ice cold Rosé – I could snack and sip all night…

Do you have any simple party dishes that you like to prepare in a time crunch? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!

These Melon Skewers with Aleppo Pepper and Lime Zest make a perfect party appetizer that's elegant, refreshing and easy to prepare. | platingsandpairings.com

Melon Skewers with Aleppo Pepper

Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Platings & Pairings
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Ingredients

  • 1 honeydew rind and seeds removed
  • 1 Tbsp . Aleppo pepper flakes
  • 1 lime zested
  • Toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Cut the melon into 1-inch cubes. Skewer the melon pieces (two pieces for each skewer), and place them on a serving plate.
  2. Sprinkle the melon skewers with Aleppo pepper, followed by the lime zest.

WINE PAIRINGS:

  • Brut Sparkling Rosé
  • Dry RoséThese Melon Skewers with Aleppo Pepper and Lime Zest make a perfect party appetizer that's elegant, refreshing and easy to prepare. | platingsandpairings.com

 

These Melon Skewers with Aleppo Pepper and Lime Zest make a perfect party appetizer that's elegant, refreshing and easy to prepare. | platingsandpairings.com

10 comments

  1. Meredith {MarthaChartreuse}

    I’m having people over tonight for gymnastics and this would be a perfect snack!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I agree Meredith – Go USA!

      Reply

  2. Taylor @ The Girl on Bloor

    What a simple and genius appetizer idea! Next time I run out of ideas for a summer potluck I’m bringing these!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Taylor 🙂 I hope you enjoy. These would be perfect for a summer potluck!

      Reply

  3. Monica Louie

    I love easy and quick when it comes to snacks! Thanks for this idea!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Of course Monica – Enjoy!

      Reply

  4. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    I love easy appetizers and these look and sound so delicious for a hot summer day. Glad your housewarming went off without a hitch!

    Reply

  5. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    These are so pretty, and they must have been super refreshing. Question: Do you have advice for cubing a melon?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Catherine! My method for cubing the melon was to first halve it, scoop out the seeds, and then carve the rind off. I then just sliced the pieces into crescent moon shapes and formed cubes the best I could from there. It worked well, although you will have a few pieces that aren’t perfectly cube-like. Hope this helps!

      Reply

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