One of our favourite appetizers is bruschetta. You know it, right? It’s that lovely, mouth-tantalizing blend of ripe tomatoes, basil, sweet onion, garlic and balsamic vinegar served on rounds of lightly toasted baguette. Well, I’ve discovered a recipe that tastes like bruschetta, but it’s served in a glass and it’s frozen!
We’ve been blessed with an abundant garden chez Skae; there are three gardeners in the house this year. We were given some beautiful, large tomatoes and, by today, they needed dealing with. Already, I’ve made a batch of Tomato Basil soup but there were still a couple of tomatoes that needed dealing with. It’s a shame to toss out free primo produce! As well, I just happen to have an abundant crop of basil.
With the purchase of an ice cream maker last week, I’ve suddenly had an interest in all things frozen. When I came across a recipe for Tomato Basil Granita, I knew I had to try it. Don’t be fooled by the fancy word “granita”. Basically, it’s a slush. And it’s super simple to make.
In this case, just take all of your ingredients (except the basil), toss them in a blender, strain the whole mess, add in the chopped basil, throw it all into a metal baking pan and, every half hour or so, scrape it with a fork. Eventually, you’ll end up with a tomato-y, basil-y, slushy mixture that will make your tongue sing!
Here’s how I made mine.
Bruschetta in a Glass (aka Tomato Basil Granita)
- 2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into pieces
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar (omit if your tomatoes are ripe and sweet)
- ground black pepper to taste
- 1/2 – 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 5 – 10 basil leaves, finely chopped
- (optional) 1 slice of walla walla onion (or another sweet onion)
Put all ingredients except the basil in a blender and buzz until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve. Finely chop the basil and add to the strained tomato mixture. Pour the mixture into a metal baking dish; place the dish in the freezer. Every half hour or so, use a fork to stir the mixture.
If it hardens somewhat, simply scrape the fork over the mix. Once it resembles coarse snow, it’s ready. Serve in small chilled glasses with a spoon.