Strawberry Basil Granita

This deliciously refreshing snack has an intense strawberry flavor with surprising savory notes of balsamic vinegar and basil. Enjoy a full[ serving at just about 100 calories.]

Total Time:
10 hr 20 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
10 hr
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus 4 whole leaves for garnish
  • Cook's Note: Adjust the amount of sugar based on the sweetness of the strawberries.
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Combine the sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the sugar completely dissolves, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool, the mixture should be the consistency of maple syrup.

  • Combine the strawberries and basil in a food processor and puree. Add the sugar mixture and pulse the machine to combine. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish, cover loosely with plastic wrap and freeze for about 2 hours.

  • When the edges begin to harden, use the tines of a fork to scrape them into bits. Repeat the procedure in 1 to 2 hours, and then occasionally thereafter, until the mixture is frozen through in "shavings." Freeze overnight.

  • Spoon the granita into serving dishes and garnish each with a basil leaf, then serve.


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