OK, so not the most original title, but I couldn’t resist!
As with so many of my recipes, I got this one (or, rather, a skeleton of it) from EF. It’s beginning to make me think I should make her an honorary blogger on this site!
Last year, after living in California for FIVE years, I decided it was time to finally learn how to make guacamole. I was already a bit ashamed to admit that it took me 4 years to buy an avocado. Part of it, I admit, is that I was too lazy and just let other people make me delicious stuff with avocados.
Anyway! So, for my apartment warming party last year, I decided to whip up a batch of guacamole. Where to look? Why, talented cook and California native EF, of course! She gave me a basic recipe: shallots or onions, 3-4 avocados, tomato or salsa, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, salt to taste. It was simple and delicious.
Since last year, I’ve made guacamole probably half a dozen times and have tinkered with a few things here and there. I’d like to think I’ve hit my stride with the following recipe, so I thought I’d share it with y’all.
Holy Guacamole!! Best guac EVER!
1 shallot, diced
1 Serrano pepper*, diced
3-4 large avocados
1 Roma tomato, coarsely diced
salt, to taste
optional: cilantro, 1 handful, finely chopped
- Combine diced shallot and pepper in a medium bowl. Add fresh lime juice (I usually use 1/2 lime for this recipe, but use the whole lime if you’d like). Stir well, covering shallots and pepper with lime juice.
- Cut avocados in half, remove seeds. Set aside. Coarsely dice tomatoes.
- Add avocados and tomatoes to bowl, taking care not to carry too much tomato juice into the bowl. Mash.
- While mashing, intermittently add salt, tasting along the way. Don’t skimp on the salt!
- Add cilantro, mix well.
*Note on pepper choice: I switched from jalapeno to Serrano because the latter has more heat. Feel free to use the milder jalapeno, or the spicier Habanero.
Bonus (party) recipe! I made the above batch of guac for a party last weekend, during which I served delicious whiskey cocktails. It wasn’t super strong but it was really tasty. Here’s the mix:
1 part Trader Joe’s Scotch whiskey blend (a super deal at $9.99 a bottle)
2 parts lemonade
2 parts ginger ale
Serve with ice and lemon slice. Perfect summer cocktail!