8.28.2010

Guacamole 101

I was making guacamole the other day. Oh gosh, I could just live on this stuff. When I remembered how my oldest sister did not know how to get the pit out of the avocado. Hmmm, I knew something that she didn't. So, I thought I would show you too. In case there were others who did not know how and didn't realize how easy it is to make. You will never eat ready made guacamole again. It will seem like green sour cream to you after having fresh.


By the way, I perfer the Haas type to the big green ones. I think they are creamier and have more flavor. You sliced that guy in half and take your knife firmly in one hand and grip half the avocado in the other and wack the pit with the knife. No butter knife here. Make sure it's a good hard wack so the knife sticks then just twist it a bit and it comes right out.

See, just like that.


Now, if you want to have chunks for a chunkier salsa or to put them in salads then you just score it gently in a grid pattern. Mine was a little overly ripe so they were pretty soft.


You then scoop it out with a small spoon. If you had scored it it will come out in nice little chunks. If not then it is getting mashed up anyway and just scoop it out in big chunks as shown below.


You need to salt it well.  That's me, you salt as much as you like. Sometimes I add garlic. I was hungry and did not want another step.


Just mash away with the back of a fork. If your avocados are ripe then this will be easy. I have put them in a food processor when they weren't fully ripen but I do not recommend this. Just let them get ripe. Not mushy, but they should give a bit when you squeeze them. You can buy them hard and let them sit on the counter to ripen. I have heard that apples let off a gas that help speed that along. Keep them in the refrigerator once they are ripe.


Add some lime juice. Yes, that is a lemon. I was out of limes so I made do. Sometimes one must improvise when one is hungry. But lime juice is better. So, let's pretend that is a green lime. Okay?


You can add fresh chopped tomatoes if you like but here is my short cut. I always have salsa. I nice chunky one that is pretty tasty is Newman's Own. I do like the salsa that Publix has in the produce section. That is some fresh tasting salsa. Yum. But this is what I had on hand. I just add a couple of scoops. That's it. See how creamy? No sour cream needed.


Stir it up and enjoy! My son turns his nose up at this stuff which is fine by me. All the more for me and the hubby.




7 comments:

  1. I am going to print this out and make it.... I just bought three avocados today....and I love guacamole. YUM.

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  2. Yum! I could live on avocadoes...never occurred to me that some people didn't know how to remove the stone from them though, lol. I guess not everyone is such a fan as I am...I love them mashed on toast (it is a really good hangover cure!), fresh guacamole is another favourite here, that stuff in the jar they call guacamole is disgusting! Great tip about the salsa in it, I have only ever used fresh tomatoes. I usually chuck a red onion in there too. I would really like some right now actually....

    xx Karen

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  3. Mmm never thought of putting salsa in.. I always add a pinch of cumin in and a clove of crushed garlic. We eat guacamole at least once a week, so I'll definitely be giving your recipe a whirl. Lx

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  4. Guac is so yummy!! I add finely chopped sweet onion, vidalia if I have it, 1 finely chopped jalapeno, a bit of finely chopped Cilantro, and if I have it, some chopped tomato. I also use the salt, garlic, and lime juice. It is so yummy and flavorful this way.

    Another way to do it, add La Victoria green sauce (it is like a smooth green salsa), and a little sour cream, salt, pepper, garlic and lime. This is also really yummy!

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  5. I get all the guac in my family too! No complaints here :)

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  6. Love me some guac...I have an avocado cutter from pampered chef...love it. So many things to add to this...cilantro is great too...

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  7. I am going to have to try this recipe out! It looks so yummy!!!

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