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Tomato-Jalapeno Granita

 Tomato-Jalapeno Granita
Everyone will say "wow" after one taste of this refreshing, icy appetizer. Even my grandchildren enjoy the tomato, mint and lime flavors. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + freezing

Ingredients

  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 mint sprigs
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Fresh mint leaves, optional

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring the tomato juice, sugar, mint sprigs and
  • jalapeno to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove
  • from the heat; cover and let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Strain and discard solids. Stir in lime juice. Transfer to a 1-qt.
  • dish; cool to room temperature. Freeze for 1 hour; stir with a fork.
  • Freeze 2-3 hours longer or until completely frozen, stirring every 30
  • minutes. Scrape granita with a fork just before serving; spoon into
  • dessert dishes. Garnish with additional mint if desired. Yield: 6
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 59 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 218 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 starch.