With summer heat officially kicking in, few things are more refreshing than homemade granitas. A subtler version of the sugary slushies we coveted as kids, granitas perk up everything from seafood to summery cocktails and fruit salads, plus creamy desserts like yogurt and ice cream. Best of all, they’re crazy-easy to make.
Our friends at ChefSteps wrote in this week with some advice for the creation process: Pour some of your favorite wine, beer, citrusy soda or juice into a flat-bottomed Tupperware or plastic tray, then freeze overnight. When you’re ready to use it, simply scrape up the flavored ice until it forms small shavings. A little seasoning — salt, pepper and lemon juice — can go a long way when the granita is complementing the briny flavors of raw bivalves. Pair them with your favorite champagne on a sunny summer afternoon for a ridiculously easy snack that feels all sorts of fancy. Take a look at just how easy it is in the instructional video below.
Wine, beer, juice or soda
Salt, pepper and vinegar or lemon juice
ChefSteps comprises a team of award-winning chefs, filmmakers, scientists, designers and engineers focused on revolutionizing the way people cook by inspiring creativity and encouraging expertise in the kitchen. The site is currently offering free online classes called Cooking Sous Vide: Getting Started and Burgers, as well as a $10 class called Cooking Sous Vide: Beyond the Basics.