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Watermelon-Mint Granita

Active Time: 20 minutes • Total Time: 20 minutes plus freezing • Makes: about 8 cups


1/2 small seedless watermelon (about 5 pounds), rind removed and watermelon cut into chunks (about 6 cups)
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup Schnucks granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons grenadine

1. In blender or food processor with knife blade attached, add half of watermelon and remaining ingredients. Puree until blended. Add remaining watermelon and puree until as smooth as possible.

2. Pour watermelon mixture into 13 x 9-inch metal, glass or ceramic baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until mixture is solid, about 4 hours, or up to 1 week ahead.

3. Before serving, working quickly, with sturdy dinner fork, scrape surface of watermelon ice to create ice shavings. If chunks become dislodged from side of pan, press down on chunks with tines of fork to crush. Serve right away, spooning granita into chilled dessert dishes or wine goblets.


Each 2/3 cup: about 50 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 mg cholesterol,
4 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein

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