15 minutes, plus freezing time
Makes enough to serve as an accompaniment for 8 to 10 servings of gazpacho
Use this cucumber ice as a garnish for tomato gazpacho.
2 cucumbers, each about 11 ounces
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 teaspoon salt
3 sprigs mint
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup water
1. Peel the cucumbers, cut them in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Cut the cucumbers into chunks. Puree the cucumbers in a blender with the lemon juice, onion, green pepper, salt, mint, oil and water. This makes about 21/2 cups puree.
2. Pour the cucumber puree into two 9-inch metal cake pans. Freeze.
3. To serve, remove the granita from freezer 5 minutes before serving. Use a fork to scrape the ice into mounds. Add the scraped ice to the gazpacho immediately before serving.