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Sangrita Granita with Sun-dried Tomato Sugar for a Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

August 5, 2014 by Joan Nova in Creative Cooking Crew Challenge, Desserts, Food Challenge | 23 Comments

I’ve had Mexico on my mind because, after a good number of years, I’ve decided to go back and visit — this time to explore the Yucatan peninsula. But, that’s not happening until next February so when this month’s challenge (tomatoes) was announced, I decided to bring a little Mexico into my cocina. Or should I say cantina?

This type of post is rare for the pages of FOODalogue so I’m conflicted about whether to classify it as a frozen cocktail or dessert.

I consumed it both ways. First with a spoon and then, not to lose any of the rim deliciousness, as a beverage.

Sangrita, not to be confused with sangria, is a popular drink in Mexico.

For purposes of the challenge, I decided to make it as a granita and to rim the glass with a sun-dried tomato sugar blend.

For the Sugar

  • handful of sundried tomatoes roasted on low heat till totally dried out
  • blended to coarse consistency
  • mixed with sugar and a little lime zest

For the granita
approximately 4-5 compari tomatoes (per serving) pureed and strained
juice of 1 orange
dash of salt
splash of hot sauce

Place in freezer in glass dish and periodically scrape with fork till crystalized.

Rub/wet rim of glass with fresh lime and then invert onto dish with tomato sugar to rim glass. Spoon in granita. Add a dash of fresh lime juice and a shot of tequila.

8316344214_9d16bebb6e_zRound-up of everyone’s tomato posts will be published here on August 29.

Meantime, check out our pinterest board of past challenges. It has close to 1000 followers and several hundred repins.

 


 

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  1. Outstanding…I had been thinking of a drink myself, but you really went out all the way with this one…Hay Chiguagua!

  2. Joan juices!!!
    this is a wonderful “juicing” variation….
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  3. Liz says:

    Great post and pics!

  4. Ben says:

    Mexico will be glad to have you here in February! Can I have two of those drinks, please?
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  5. Just adore your sangrita, very clever idea and the rim job (sorry could not help myself lol) is awesome.
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  6. Maureen says:

    Wow. What a fresh twist. I love the mix of sweet, dusty flavors w a pop of tequila! Nicely done as always Joan.

  7. I can only imagine what you will create after that trip. What a fun post, like something from a food festival.
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  8. bellini says:

    What a creative dish Joan. Loving this idea for our glut of tomatoes at the market. Working 6 days a week blogging has been put aside but I need to get my creative juices flowing once again, as well as visiting my favourite sites.
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  9. Very striking presentation Joan. This has to be the prettiest granita I’ve ever seen. Worthy of a 5 star Chef.
    Sam
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  10. I’ve been intrigued by sangrita but have never tried it, but your idea of a sangrita granita (love saying that in my head!) sounds refreshing and divine. Tomatoes do really go well with a bit of sugar, don’t they? I love how so many of us went outside the box for this challenge. Looking forward to seeing more Mexican treats, Joan, good job!
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  11. You are off the charts in the creative department. As always, I am in awe.
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