Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Watermelon Granita and Popsicle

While watching the Food Network on Saturday, I saw a recipe for watermelon juice with mint and lime. Later that day, I visited their website and keyed in watermelon and out popped some interesting recipes. The granita and popsicle recipes caught my eye and I made both immediately. The recipes are from Ellie Krieger and Emeril Lagasse, chefs on Food Network. The measurements have been changed to suit my need.
Ingredients
Watermelon (cubed) – 3 cups (or more if you want to make more)
Lemon Juice – 1-2 tbsps (add more or less according to your taste)
Mint leaves (finely chopped) – a handful
Sugar to taste (optional)
Method
For Granita
Puree the watermelon and strain out the solids completely. Blend the solids once more to get out any remaining juice and then discard. To the strained puree, add lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar (if using), mix well and transfer to a freezer safe bowl. I did not add sugar as the watermelon was sweet enough. You could also add the mint leaves while making the puree.
Freeze for 2-3 hours, making sure that you scrape the mixture with a fork every 20-30 minutes. This gives the granita a crystallized look. 
Garnish with mint leaves and enjoy it on a hot summer afternoon. Bon App├ętit. 
For Popsicle

Pour the blended mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for 6-8 hours or until it sets.  I can't think of a better way to beat the summer heat! 
Links to original recipe 
1) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/watermelon-lime-and-mint-granita-recipe/index.html
 2) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/watermelon-lime-freeze-pops-recipe/index.html 
Recipe linked to Food on Fridays at Carole's Chatter

5 comments:

  1. wonderful watermelon recipes...a nice way to beat the heat :)

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  2. Thank you. Try it and let us know if you like it.

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  3. This looks really refreshing. Thanks for joining in the Food on Friday fun! Cheers

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  4. Thanks Carole. It definitely is refreshing on a hot summer afternoon. And you really don't have to worry about the calories that an ice cream can pack in :-)

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