Friday, October 21, 2011

Cooking: Guacamole

Once upon a time, there was a day when Piggy KL disliked avocados.  Mushy and green?? Double yuck.  And then she went to Mexico and tried Guacamole and her life changed forever!


Haha ok so maybe it wasn't really life-changing, but it did open my eyes to how delicious avocados are.  On that note, Guacamole is awesome - it's a fantastic and easy snack to make.  I happened to whip up a bowl while watching the Giants game this past Sunday to accompany my Steak Tacos.  Since the ingredients for both recipes overlap, it was super easy!

I found the recipe from Dos Caminos (Mexican restaurant in NYC) and adapted it to my liking.  I love that their recipe calls for minimal salt (and I used even less!) and adds some heat with some Jalapeno and/or Serrano peppers.  Follow along to see how I made it!

2 Avocados
2 TB Red Onion, minced
2 TB Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped
1 heaping TB Jalapeno, finely chopped (Dos Caminos says you can also use Serrano)
3 TB diced Tomato (cored and seeded)
1/2 Lime
1/4 Tsp Salt

All chopped and ready to go...

In a medium bowl, mix together 1 TB Cilantro, 1 TB Red Onion, 1/2 TB Jalapeno and 1/4 Tsp Salt.  Smush it all together with the back of a large spoon.  Really put some oomph into it! You want to get the flavors out so they party together!

Halve your Avocados and take the pit out.  With the skin still on, score the avocados in cubes.  Scoop out the meat with a spoon and fold it into your mixture with a spoon.  I like to leave it kind of chunky so I mix gently.

Add the rest of your Cilantro and Red Onion.  Add more Jalapeno as you like (I love it spicy so I added the whole amount).  Mix until incorporated.

Adding the rest of the Cilantro, Onions, and Jalapeno!

Squeeze the juice from half a lime and mix.

Fold in the Tomatoes.

And now the Tomatoes!
Mix it all together and serve with chips!  It's pretty common to eat guacamole with tortilla chips, but I actually favor it with Pita chips (slightly "healthier" since it's baked!). 

Guacamole with Pita Chips
Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Happy Friday!  Piggy KL

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