Friday, January 8, 2010

Guacamole: My New Favorite Past-Time

My catch of fresh vegetables look great, now where to start!

The first step in making great guacamole at home is choosing the right place to purchase your veggies. Luckily, Asheville is blessed with many Farmer's Markets and Tailgate Markets around the area. But if you don't have access look for the grocery store that keeps the freshest produce in stock. Be sure to talk with the produce manager and let him know you're in the market for fresh.

Cut the avocados lengthwise in half around the pit. Split it open and remove the pit with a spoon. Take your spoon and beginning just inside the rind spoon out the inside of the avocado and place into a bowl or large mortar. Chop the avocado with you spoon until is is diced into small pieces. You want it chunky but not too chunky.
Avocado halved with the pit still in it.
In a separate bowl mix the already chopped onion, tomato, cilantro, garlic, cumin and salt. Mix well, then add this to the avocado in the mortar.
Chopped cilantro ready for the guac.

Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice into a small cup or bowl. Remove any seeds that may have fallen into the juice. Pour the juice into the avocado mixture.

There is nothing like fresh garlic

Last add the jalapeno to your taste for heat. If you do not want it spicy leave it out all together.

You are ready now to mix all the ingredients well. The guac really is ready to eat as soon as you're done mixing it - but, if you can stand it place it in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes. This will also allow the flavors to begin to meld.

You don't have to find a great presentation to serve and eat it,
but its not hard to find something unique in every kitchen.

If you have a little spare cilantro, place it on top of the guacamole to serve and you are ready for chips and a delicious snack. Of course, this is part of any good Mexican or Tex-Mex dinner you want to cook up as well.



Ingredients:

2 Avocados
1/2 Cup Onion, chopped
1/2 Cup Tomato, chopped
1 Tbs Cilantro, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
1 Small Lime
1/4 - 1/2 Cup Jalapeno
1/8 tsp Cumin, ground
1/8 tsp Salt

My wife and I love to sit down and snack on guacamole, but I really do prefer to add it as a side to some incredible Mexican dishes. It adds so much to the overall dinner. Now for a great margarita!

Chao!

Kevin

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