Try this chilly changeup on a traditional shrimp cocktail, but make sure to scarf up all the horseradish granita before it melts!
Servings: Serves 4–6
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped fresh horseradish
  • 7 tablespoons sweet white wine vinegar (preferably muscat)
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch sugar
  • 2 dozen large cooked shrimp , peeled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Directions
    In a food processor, combine horseradish, vinegar and 1 cup water; blend until pureed. Transfer puree to a large bowl. Stir in the remaining 2 1/2 cups water. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve; pressing down on solids with the back of a spoon. Discard solids. Stir in sugar and salt. Freeze granita using one of the methods described below.

    Puree the tomatoes in a food processor; stir in vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar.

    Spoon granita into the center of serving dishes, drizzle dressing around the edges and arrange shrimp over the top. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

    Recommended ingredient: If sweet white wine vinegar is not available, use 7 tablespoons white wine vinegar plus one tablespoon sugar.

    Recommended technique
    Classic Granita Method:
    Pour the granita mixture into a wide and shallow container, such as a stainless steel baking dish (the shallower the container, the quicker the granita will freeze).

    Cover with a lid, foil or plastic wrap. Freeze the mixture 1 to 2 hours, until it is solid around the edges. Take the container out of the freezer and scrape the ice with a fork, mixing it from the edges into the center.

    Repeat this scraping and mixing process every 30 minutes or so (at least three times) until the entire mixture has turned into small, sequined ice flakes. When ready to serve, "rake" with a fork to loosen the granita and spoon into serving dishes.

    Quick Granita Method:
    Note: This method is faster, but the granita will have a different texture—less icy and more slushy.

    Pour the granita mixture into ice trays, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to freeze solid. Process the cubes in a food processor when you're ready to serve.


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