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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Taste of Home--Guacamole

I grew up in southern California, the land of sunshine, warmth, and fresh produce. I grew up with avocados, and I didn't realize until I met my husband that many people didn't. His family can't even eat them because the texture is so foreign to them. But in my family, a family gathering was not a gathering without guacamole. My recipe is a mix between my grandmother's, my mom's and my grad-school roomie's recipes. And really, it's not a precise recipe (as most of mine aren't)...adjust flavors to fit your needs. Do you like more or less spice? Add or take away some of the chiles. Do you like Tex-Mex? Add more black pepper, lime juice and smoked chiles.

In the version I made the other day, I couldn't find fresh jalepeños, but I did have some Thai chili paste on hand, so I added that for some heat. In fact, I liked it so much, I might forgo the jalepeños in the future and continue with the paste...

Mindy's Guacamole

3 medium-sized avocados
1 small tomato
1 small onion
1 small jalepeño (or other spicy chile)
Juice of one lime
Cilantro to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste

Halve the avocados, remove the pit, and scoop out the flesh into a food processor or blender. Roughly chop the tomato, onion, and jalepeño and add them to the avocado. (I usually put about half of each of these in to begin with and add more if the flavor isn't balanced later.) Squeeze a generous amount of lime juice into the mix and add a handful of cilantro. Add a little salt and pepper and blend. Taste, add ingredients as needed, and blend again.

You can blend this to a creamy consistency or if you like it chunkier, blend some of the ingredients first, withholding some finely chopped avocado, tomato and onion and adding those at the end to create a chunkier texture. I like both ways, and since I'm lazy, I just blend them all together.

Enjoy with tortilla chips, veggies, or other dippables. I personally like mine on tacos, burritos, and on a south-of-the-border burger.


Lori February 6, 2009 at 5:33 AM  

I hated guacamole as a kid, but as an adult I've grown to love it and avocados in general. I love them on sandwiches. I just recently found out that Brazilians eat them with sugar. That was different for me. We didn't haven't avocados around growing up, but if I ever saw one it was always savory.

Joie de vivre February 6, 2009 at 11:37 PM  

A life without guacamole...I can't even imagine.

Anonymous,  February 7, 2009 at 11:04 AM  

Yummy! I love guacamole, and as a kid, my mom would mash them with milk and sugar to make iced lollies :) - Alisa@Foodista

Mindy February 11, 2009 at 1:58 PM  

Hmmm...I've never heard of avocados with sugar, but I think I'll have to try it next time!

And Joie de Vivre...I know! I couldn't believe that my in-laws don't like guacamole! It's a sin, I tell you!

Shannon February 20, 2009 at 11:07 AM  

Have you ever tried making it with serranos instead of jalapenos? I like to dice the serranos really fine because I can't stand the heat. But Jaime's mom just slices them thinly into circles (seeds and all) and throws them in, and it still tastes delicious (but spicy!)

Mindy February 26, 2009 at 6:44 AM  

Shannon, I haven't tried slicing serranos in, but that may just be because hot chilies are hard to find in France, and Kentucky really isn't the home of spicy cooking! I'll have to try it next time I come across some serranos, though! Maybe you could send some out my way. ;-)

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