Since I bought a watermelon at a farmer's market this weekend, I had a couple of recipes in mind of how to use it. . . until this morning when the Pioneer Woman posted her Watermelon Granita recipe. Then all the other uses for the watermelon went out the window and the Granita recipe won! :-) This is a healthy substitute to ice cream, is easy to make, and is a wonderfully cool treat on these hot summer days!
Chop the watermelon into chunks
Mix in the blender
Pour into a 9x13 inch pan
And serve in a pretty glass!
1/2 whole Seedless Watermelon, Cut Into Chunks (rind Discarded) (about 8 Cups Of Chunks)
2 whole Limes, Juiced (about 4 tablespoons)
1/3 cup Sugar
Place half the watermelon, half the lime juice, and half the sugar in a blender. Process until smooth, then pour into a separate bowl.
Repeat with other half of ingredients. Pour into same bowl as other batch.
Transfer mixture to a 9 x 13 baking dish. Freeze for two or three hours, then begin the process of lightly scraping the top, frozen layer. Return pan to freezer with the shaved ice on top; remove a couple of hours later and continue scraping. Repeat the occasional scraping process until the entire mixture is shaved. Store, covered in plastic wrap, until serving.
Serve in pretty glasses with a twist of lime.
*Note: if you use a regular watermelon with black seeds, lightly blend the watermelon first, then push through a strainer to get rid of the seeds/seed particles. Then continue the recipe above.