Friday, August 26, 2011

Restaurant-Style Guacamole

Little plate on big plate for much improved presentation over plastic tub and bag of chips

Great guacamole doesn’t need a lot of fussing, or mystery flavor packets from the supermarket, just a little prep and you too can be making authentic and delicious guac just like you’d get for ten bucks at a nice restaurant.

For each avocado:
1 Tbsp. small dice tomato, drained
1 Tbsp. small dice red onion
1 Tbsp. small dice red pepper
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. finely minced serrano/jalapeno (optional)

As you prep ingredients, put them in a bowl (not the serving bowl, you savage!): Dice your onion, add to the bowl; dice the pepper, add to the bowl; and so on, until the LAST thing you add is the avocado. 

Avocados should be sliced through their poles to the pit, and twist to separate. Set aside the half with the pit, and get to work on the other half- slice through the fruit along its length, to the skin, but not through it. Turn the avocado in your hand and repeat through the width of the fruit. You should be slicing a crosshatch pattern in the fruit, while leaving the skin intact. Set that half aside. Position the other half on the counter and give the seed a good whack with your knife, so it embeds in the pit. Pick up that half and twist to remove the pit. Repeat cross hatching pattern with your newly pitless avocado half.

Fold the avocado in half over the bowl and squeeze out the chunks, like you’re squeezing toothpaste from a tube- squeeze from the bottom. Now all you have to do is mix it all up with a fork, mashing any chunks that are too big for your liking. Just keep mashing until you like what you see. Taste it and add more salt, cilantro, or lime juice as necessary (if you don’t know what it needs, it needs salt!), when it’s good, and only then, spoon it into the serving dish.

  • Recipe is designed to scale! Big party = big guac 
  • Salt, lime, cilantro and onion are key- everything else is nice to have. 
  • Eyeball this one, don’t bust out measuring tools.
  • For max juice from citrus, zap in microwave for 30 seconds before you cut them in half OR roll them on the counter to squish and free juice.
  • To get leaves without stems from a bunch of cilantro, shave that puppy!
  • To remove the pit from your knife, pinch the blade behind the pit and it will pop right off. 
  • To drain diced tomatoes, salt them and throw them in a little bowl on a folded paper towel to soak up the liquid. I usually prep them first so they have maximum drainage time so they don’t make the guac watery.

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