Guacamole

13 07 2009

This is the post where I tell you how I make my guacamole.  I got the recipe from the Oprah Magazine and then altered it to my taste buds which means I took out the onion, cilantro, and garlic. =)  For a class in college I had to do a food demonstration and I chose to make guacamole.  I have a really pretty color coordinated recipe that I printed out for the class that I wish I could share with you!  Instead, I took picture (sooo Pioneer Woman) and will explain the steps.  This will also help me be able to find my recipe quicker since all my recipes are in a stack of paper in the front of a cook book very unorganized (anyone want to fix it?)

Here’s the recipe:

4 avocados

1 tomato

1 jalapeno

Juice of 1 lime

1 T ground cumin (T=tablespoon)

1 t salt (t=teaspoon)

Pinch of pepper

Ingredient

OK, let’s start with the grocery store.  Pick avocados that are almost all the way purple but have a little green to them, rather firm if you’re planning on waiting a few days to use them or just a LITTLE squishy if you’re using them today.   Get a small tomato and a regular ol’ jalapeno.  Instead of a fresh lime I like to use lime juice since it lasts a lot longer.  Ground cumin is found in the spices aisle and isn’t really cheap but it goes a long way.

Removing the pit

Now, wash your fruits/veggies because you don’t know who touched them in the store.  Then cut the avocado lenghtwish all the way to the seed.  Open up the two halves by twisting.  To remove the seed, slam your knife straight into the center (be careful!)  Then twist the knife and the seed should come out.

Scopping out the center

Scoop out the green flesh with a spoon- you can scoop all the way to the skin without the skin breaking.

Mashing with fork

Now smash the avocado with a fork so it stays clumpy.

Taking out the center of the tomato

On to the tomato:  cut it in half, then in half again and again and again until you get something that looks like that one in the picture.  Cut the juicy seeds out because those make the guacamole too juicy.  Dice the tomato and add it to the avocado.

Adding lime juice

Then add the lime juice.  I use 2-3 T of the juice from the bottle if I’m not using a real lime.  Also add the cumin, salt and pepper now, too.

Hot sauce because I forgot to buy a jalapeno

And since I forgot to buy a jalapeno =( we had to use hot sauce in this batch.  I love jalapeno way more than hot sauce but this works.  If you have a jalapeno, you can remove the seeds to remove a lot of the heat or you can keep half the seeds or you can keep ALL the seeds!  I can never do that because Matthew has acid reflux and his throat hates really hot things.  Dice the jalapeno REALLY SMALL.  Stir it up really, really good

Taste it with a chip.  Add whatever you think is missing.  I usually add more cumin.  Some people think that adding the seed to the guac keeps it from spoiling faster but that has never helped me.  To store it, I use tupperware and cover the surface with plastic wrap and then cover the bowl with aluminum foil and then put the lid on.  It helps the top from going brown so fast.  I don’t mind eating brown gaucamole but Matt hates it!!  We’re having our friends Patrick and Hannah over for dinner and I’m going to make some…hope you all like it 🙂  Hannah has just learned how to sew!! YAY!

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5 responses

13 07 2009
Jaime

Good job on the guac blog! I just know that keeping the seeds from the jalapeno is too hot for me too! I must be a wimp b/c I don’t have acid reflux. And I didn’t know you don’t like garlic? Is this really true? Now go work on my quilt! 🙂

16 07 2009
Tara

no i don’t like garlic!! how did this fact get past you, my very own sister? i’m pretty sure when Anthony cooked for us I boycotted the garlic in the stir fry.

13 07 2009
Kodi

The first two pics aren’t showing up…just FYI. 🙂

The guac sounds delish, but I don’t do spicy, so I would probably just leave out the pepper all together! 🙂

13 07 2009
chet

i love guac. this made me wants some asap. yummy yum yum. i got my first guac recipe from twinhead. awww.

14 07 2009
Hannah

YUM! I hope there is still some left by the time we come! We love guac!! SO its tomorrow(Wednesday) that we’re coming right? 🙂

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