Amuse Bouche of Melon with Basil and Chiles

Amuse Bouche of Melon with Basil and Chiles

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  • 1 ripe cantaloupe
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced poblano chile
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce, or to taste
  • A few drops of hot sauce (optional)
  • Small skewers
  • Fresh raspberries or small cubes of plum
  • Small basil leaves


Peel and seed cantaloupe and cut into bite-sized pieces.

In a bowl, combine lime juice, sugar, poblano, basil and fish sauce. Adjust the seasoning to your taste with additional fish sauce, sugar and/or hot sauce. Add cantaloupe and toss to marinate. Chill for about 1 hour.

Using small skewers, spear each melon ball with a raspberry and basil leaf.