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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Holy Guacamole!

It's summer and nothing says summer snacking like fresh guacamole.  Fresh is the key here, so don't make it too far in advance!  The best guacamole is made to your taste - so don't sweat too much about exact measurements as long as you have all the ingredients.  Here's an easy recipe for my favorite summer pleasure.  This is enough for a big party, so feel free to scale back for a smaller quantity.


5 medium avocados
2 vine ripened tomatoes (plum tomatoes work well too) diced
3/4 c. diced red onions
3 cloves garlic
lime juice (I used two small limes)
3 Tablespoons cilantro
sea salt to taste
red pepper to taste

To start, you need to know the right way to cut and peel an avocado.  Here are the experts from the California Avocado industry with a short video to show you how:

After you have cut and peeled your 5 avocados, slice a few times to get this:

Notice the pit in there too?  To keep your avocados (and resulting guacamole) from turning brown quickly, keep the pit and stick it in the middle.  When you cover guacamole for storage, use a plastic cling wrap and make sure it touches the guacamole in the bowl.  Now, back to your recipe.

Chop tomatoes, onion, cilantro and garlic.

Go back to your avocados and squeeze the juice of two small limes over the top.  The key to your own special recipe for guacamole is lime juice and cilantro.  You can experiment with how much you use to get the taste you like best.  After adding the lime juice, gently MASH the avocados, using a fork or a potato masher.  Don't MUSH them.  The best guacamole is not pureed or even smooth, but has chunks of avocado.  MASH don't MUSH!

Add the other ingredients and gently stir to mix them.  Again, be careful not to mush your avocados or tomatoes.

And that's it!  Serve with your favorite tortillas or use on tacos or burritos.  Fresh guacamole doesn't have a long shelf life (more because of how it looks as opposed to how it tastes), so plan on making your guacamole the day of your party.  If you want to chill before using it, don't forget the tips about using the avocado pit and plastic wrap placed directly on the guacamole.  



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