Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fresh Guacamole

Everything I learned about guacamole roots back to Trader Joe's & table side restaurant guac prep.  Trader Joe's sells a great little kit with everything you need to make your very own fresh guacamole at home.  After you've used that kit enough you don't even need a recipe & you're able to fly on your own at other grocery stores to buy the ingredients for fresh guacamole all by yourself.

The one & only ingredient that can really make or break your guac is (clearly) the avocados.  Avocados need to be firm yet impressionable (so when you press your thumb into the side of it it should have a little give -not be rock hard or super mushy but just right).  So if your avocados are too hard no amount of mashing is going to make a great guacamole, post pone it or go on a hunt for some more avocados & in the mean time leave your avocados to ripen in a brown paper bag. If they're the other end of the spectrum & are super mushy use them fast before they brown.

  • 1 large (or 2 small) avocado(s)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 shallot (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (ribs & seeds removed, chopped finely)
  • 1 lime (zest & juice)
  • 2 tomatoes (or 1 large) (seeded & chopped)
  • salt & pepper
  • red pepper flakes (optional)

Make it!
  1. Cut the avocado(s) in half & scoop out the yummy goodness, discard the seed & shell/skin.
  2. Mash avocado, garlic, shallot, jalepeno, lime zest & juice together (use whatever works for you, I used a fork, but a spoon for muddler will work too).
  3. Stir in the tomatoes.
  4. Season with salt, pepper & red pepper flakes.
  5. Eat this with everything & on anything. Store in an airtight container (if there is any left).

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