While we were on vacation a couple of weeks ago, Jaime and I spent some time putting together a menu for a summer party. We wanted to serve a summery menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres that would minimize–albeit not entirely eliminate–our oven use during the party. We hosted the first of what we hope will be many gatherings in our new home this past weekend. Here is what made our final menu–displayed on my DIY chalkboard:
The sesame chicken, stuffed mushrooms, and prosciutto rolls all required baking, but we baked these at the very beginning of the party and then turned off the oven and kept them warm in chafing dishes. We served some of our favorite recipes at this party and I plan to share many of the recipes here on this blog.
This was one of the most popular dishes that we served at the party perhaps because the combination of cold honeydew with ginger and lime tastes so refreshing on a hot day. I learned this recipe from my mom. Most of the time we just slice the honeydew into chunks for a simple dessert, but to make the honeydew a bit more elegant and finger food friendly for our party, I balled it and served it on skewers.
- 1 lime, zest and juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
- 1 large honeydew
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon water
In a small saucepan, I combined the sugar and water. Stirring occasionally, I brought the mixture to a boil. I removed the mixture from the heat and let the syrup cool. While the syrup cooled, I balled the honeydew and placed it in a large bowl. When the simple syrup had cooled, I grated the lime zest and juiced the lime. I added the zest and juice to the syrup along with the grated ginger and stirred until combined. I poured the syrup over the melon and refrigerated the mixture overnight. The next day, I put the marinated melon balls on skewers. Enjoy!
If I am making this for a casual meal, I usually just cut the melon into chunks and skip the skewers. Also, if I am running short on time, I’ll only let the melon marinate in the syrup for a few hours.
Have you hosted any parties this summer? If so, I’d love it if you would share some of your favorite summer party recipes in the comments.