Sunday, June 28, 2009

July 4th Watermelon Granita

What do you do with a huge chunk of a leftover watermelon and no room in the fridge?

Last week I made a granita and it's a wonderfully refreshing way to use up extra fruit. Perfect summer dessert I wanted to share with you before your July 4th weekend. Easy, easy. I had with breakfast, lunch & dinner last week. I liked it that much!

Fill a blender full of watermelon chunks
Squeeze juice of 1/2 a lemon or lime
Pinch salt
About 1/2 cup sugar (or substitute your favorite sweetener such as agave nectar, real maple syrup,honey or stevia) depending on tartness of fruit and to your taste

Blend on high for a minute or so, and pour into a large relatively flat tupperware container with lid.


Then you can serve it a variety of ways:

1) scrape it with a fork or a spoon and put in a small bowl to make a sorbet like dessert (best if you do this every hour or so... but will also work out if you forget).

2. chunk it back in the blender or food processor - whirl -- and enjoy a refreshing icey/smoothie (Put it in small Dixie cups for kids and send them out the back porch for a summertime treat) You can add a little water or juice if needed to get the blender going.

3. Fruit Soup -- serve it before it freezes solid, but just starts to get thick like soup, in a cold bowl with a big dollop of plain yogurt in the middle... swirl with a spoon.

You can also toss in other fruit you need to use up: berries, mangos, peaches, cantaloupe, banana ....
all work well with the watermelon as the base.

Enjoy your Independence from the stove today!

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