Sunday, June 19, 2011

Guacamole

My son Daniel and his sweet wife Tiffany are on vacation with us in Gulf Shores this week. They went to the grocery store with me today and helped me decide what we would be cooking today. Tiffany has an awesome recipe for guacamole, so that was one of the dishes we bought ingredients to make. The ingredient list for guacamole is simple, but after watching Tiffany, I think the secret to good guacamole lies in how you put those ingredients together.






Tiffany's Guacamole
4 avocados
1 tomato, diced
1/4 large onion, diced
juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt



Tiffany started by slicing the avocados in half and removing the pits. She's a master with the knife.


Then she scooped the avocado out of the shell into a large bowl.


Because we're more than 500 miles from home, we didn't have everything we needed. Tiffany needed a potato masher to mash the avocados. She had to use a fork as a substitute to do the mashing.

She said this is where some guacamole makers go wrong. Instead of mashing, they opt to use a blender or food processor. Using one of those appliances will make the guacamole too runny. It should be mashed by hand so that some of the chunkiness remains.


Next, dice a tomato into small pieces.

Then we'll need some onion.

Dice about 1/4 of a large onion.

Mix the diced tomato and onion with the mashed avocado.

Then we'll need a fresh lime.

Squeeze the juice of the lime into the avocado mixture. Add the salt, mix well.

Tiffany also bought a jicama to pair with the guacamole.

Daniel helped with this part. Peel the jicama, then slice thinly.

He used the jicama slices to test the guacamole. We also added tortilla chips. The guacamole didn't last long. Tiffany's recipe is super good! I loved it with both the jicama and the chips. I'll be using this recipe again!


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