Food for Friday – Guacamole
The recipe I’ve provided below was taken from The Kitchn website and one of the quotes from that article is that homemade guacamole are like snowflakes – no two are alike. I love that statement! It’s so true! Such a basic sauce/dip and so many variations. I like to keep garlic and heat out of mine since I’m making it for the kiddies and they’re still averse to overly spicy foods. I would consider adding some garlic to my guacamole to shake things up, but like the spaghetti al limone from a few weeks ago, no more garlic then what I could rub on the inside of my bowl.
The other thing that I find great about guacamole is that it’s a simple enough project that it will allow you to practice or hone some knife skills that will only improve your kitchen savvy for EVERY dish you make. So, give this recipe a try but maybe use it as a chance to get to know your knife and cutting board a little better. What do you think?
In the theme of ‘back-to-school’ here are a few lesson points to consider when making your guacamole (whatever you put in yours)
3 ripe avocados
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves and upper stems
1/4 cup finely chopped tomato (about 1 roma tomato)
Pinch or two of salt
Juice of one lime
Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. Spoon the flesh of the avocados into a a small mixing bowl. Add the onion, cilantro and salt, and combine with a fork. Add the lime juice and stir gently, so as not to crush the ingredients too aggressively. Aim for slightly chunky and not too smooth.
The other thing you want to do carefully is taste as you go. Tasting as you go is the best way to learn how to season something without really measuring. So start with just a little and then add the salt until you think you’ve got it right. In the case of guacamole, if you mess it up a little, it’s not the end of the world. Also, it’s best to try to reduce the amount of stirring after you add the lime – it’ll keep it from getting too smooth.
So, do you have a guacamole recipe? What do you put in yours? I can’t wait to hear all of your ideas – just like snowflakes, no two are alike!