I was originally intending to share this recipe with you, except the feta frozen yogurt turned out tasting like stale socks. No, doesn’t sound enticing? I don’t think so either.
What redeemed the recipe for me was this granita, which is meant to accompany the froyo kind of like a sidekick. An outrageous and daring one. That ended up stealing the show. First to enter the stage is the bright punch of blood orange, vibrant and vivacious, a vixen if you will. In typical two-step fashion, the mint comes later and imparts its cooling aftertaste reminiscent of my favorite beverage: the mojito.
I’m happy I have something to show for my efforts. And is it something! My magpie tendencies kicked into high gear after I’d crunched it up with a fork. All I wanted to do was bottle it up and hold it captive to the light. But, looks aren’t everything, and in this case, this granita functions perfectly as a guilt-free dessert. I mean, it’s basically a deconstructed sno-cone minus the artificial flavoring and more gorgeously-flavored.
Granitas are so simple to make! More clean-up than preparation, you basically juice and zest the heck out of blood oranges (I believe the proper term is ‘pulverize’ haha), toss a handful of mint in, and blend. Run the sludgy liquid through a sieve, freeze the remains, and ta-da! The granita is born.
BLOOD ORANGE AND MINT GRANITA
Makes enough for roughly 4 people
4 juicy, ripe blood oranges
big handful of mint leaves
lemon juice, if necessary
Cut the blood oranges in half and run a knife around the inside rim. Gut them with a spoon over a bowl to catch all the juice, and put the guts into the bowl. (Don’t worry if a bit of rind goes in, as we just want as much pulp and juice as possible.) Zest the orange peels into the bowl. Throw in a handful of mint and immersion blend or food process the mixture til it is quite pulpy.
Strain through a strainer. Pour a thin layer of the liquid into a freezer safe baking dish. Freeze for 2 to 3 hours. When mine was completely frozen, I set the dish on the counter for awhile to let it melt a bit. Then, using a fork, tines facing up, push down into the granita like you’re mashing it. It should give pretty easily if it’s melted enough.
Alternative, you can check on your granita every now and then, raking it with a fork every time it looks like the liquid is freezing. After a couple hours, the granita should be frozen but flaky.