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Coppa-wrapped persimmon

Coppa-wrapped persimmons
Prosciutto and melon is one of the greatest hits in Italian appetizers, and with good reason. In two simple ingredients you get a masterful array of sensual contrasts: Earthy and fruity, salty and sweet, tough and tender. We've gone on to wrap plenty of other fruits in prosciutto; figs are a winning choice, for example. But when we wrapped crisp fuyu persimmons in prosciutto, the combination was less than stellar. The meat overpowered the delicately cinnamony sweetness of the fruit. I just love the sweet coppa at Lucca, so I thought I'd give that a whirl. What an improvement! The coppa has a fine crust of spices around the edges that played very nicely with the persimmons.

In his zeal preparing the salad for the party, DPaul diced up all the persimmons I had set out, intending a few of them to be cut into wedges for the appie. He recovered it by intertwining the coppa with dice of persimmons on a skewer. It's not just a clever save; it worked out to be an improvement on presentation and eatability. Then again, I'll eat almost anything at the end of a pick.


Garrett at Vanilla Garlic wants you to know your persimmons.

Susan at Food Blogga breaks down fuyu vs. hachiya persimmons, and offers up a variety of recipes.

Harold McGee gets under the skin of persimmons to discover how pH affects color in a two-tone persimmon pudding.

Cured Meats instructs on making your own coppa, in case you can't find it premade.

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  1. Sean,
    What a great twist on a classic. I love proscuitto and melone. I’ve also wrapped fresh apricots with proscuitto and found it to be delectable. Happy holidays!

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