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Fresh Strawberry Granita

Chef John

"You can make and serve this gorgeous Italian frozen iced dessert anytime, but it's really best enjoyed during the summer months. Not only is it cold and delicious, but it forces you to stick your hot, sweaty face in the freezer four or five times to stir. The technique of using a fork several times to mix the freezing granita results in perfect icy crystals."
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2 h 25 m servings 69 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Rinse strawberries with cold water; let drain. Transfer berries to a blender and add sugar, water, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, and salt.
  2. Pulse several times to get the mixture moving, then blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into a large baking dish. Puree should only be about 3/8 inch deep in the dish.
  3. Place dish uncovered in the freezer until mixture barely begins to freeze around the edges, about 45 minutes. Mixture will still be slushy in the center.
  4. Lightly stir the crystals from the edge of the granita mixture into the center, using a fork, and mix thoroughly. Close freezer and chill until granita is nearly frozen, 30 to 40 more minutes. Mix lightly with a fork as before, scraping the crystals loose. Repeat freezing and stirring with the fork 3 to 4 times until the granita is light, crystals are separate, and granita looks dry and fluffy.
  5. Portion granita into small serving bowls to serve.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • This will work with other fruit and berry purees.
  • Hull strawberries by using the tip of small, sharp paring knife inserted at a 45-degree angle near the hull. Rotate the berry to cut out a small cone containing the hull. It saves a little bit of fruit from each strawberry.
  • Freezing times will vary greatly depending on how cold, empty, large, etc., your freezer is. Just keep checking and forking!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 69 calories; 0.3 g fat; 17.1 g carbohydrates; 0.8 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 26 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Had this last nite with Lasagna. Very filling yet light. I thought this would taste like ice but it didn't! The strawberry's are creamy but not heavy. I would defiantly eat this as a summer refr...

Really good! Extremely easy, but very refreshing to have on a hot summer day!

Its great and keep me fresh in the summer

Very refreshing and yummy! This is a great way to use an abundance of strawberries from our garden patch. Very simple recipe but make sure you leave enough time for the freezing and stirring. I ...

no, no changes. wonderful as it was in the recipe.

It was a delicious and refreshing treat that is just perfect for a sweet tooth craving. It helps satisfy that sweet tooth without all the sugar! Absolutely Marvelous! I hope everyone has a fun t...

I made this last summer( a little late in my review) and my kids came to spend the night with my grand children. The weather was so hot and this was so refreshing! They told me not to bother buy...

It was a little sweet but it tasted good. I told my daughter it was like a snow cone so it seemed like a fun summer treat to her.

I took this as a technique rather than a strict recipe. I didn't have 2# of strawberries but had a seedless watermelon and fresh mint and limes on my deck so that was what I used. I did put in ...