Happy Guacamole Day!

6 Sep

Why celebrate Labor Day the plain, old-fashioned way when you could be the hit of the party?  No more store-bought guacamole or waiting until you have time to go to Cantina Laredo to get your fresh guacamole fix.  So here’s how to savor the flavor yourself.  (WARNING: These recipes may change your mind about avocados if you’ve never been a fan.)

 

Jenn’s Famous Fresh Guacamole

Well, it’s only famous among my friends, and let’s face it — they’d say anything nice ‘cause they’re just that way.  So here’s my recipe for you to try and see for yourself whether or not it’s the best.  Note: Ripe avocados are the key to good guacamole.  Too unripe or too overripe and it will be a disaster.  Buy them slightly unripe a few days before you plan to make guacamole so they will be just right.  It’s been my experience that Sam’s Club sells the best avocados in OK.

Ingredients:
4 ripe avocados
1 large tomato OR 2 small roma tomatoes
½ onion
1 jalepeno
2 small limes
1 clove garlic (pressed or powder)
½ tsp cumin
Salt
(optional) Cilantro

Preparation:
Need two bowls.  Chop the vegetables first, and squeeze the limes over them in the first bowl.  Something to keep in mind while chopping: chunky tomatoes are well received, but the finer you mince onion and jalepenos the less obtrusive they will be.  Also, to make your guacamole milder, just de-seed and rinse out the inside of the jalepeno before chopping.  In the second bowl (the one you will use to serve or store it in), mash three of the avocados very well to make them smooth and creamy.  Stir the spices in to the avocados.  Cube the fourth avocado and fold it in.  Gently add the vegetables into the avocado.  TIP: Mom always said that if you put an avocado seed into the middle of the guacamole, it will keep it fresher longer.  Hopefully the lime juice will assist as well.

BONUS recipe:  Short-Cut Guacamole

If you don’t have time for all the prep of Fresh Guacamole, take heart.  There’s a shorter route that’s great when you’re in a pinch for time.

Ingredients:
4 ripe avocados
1 can Rotel Mild Tomatoes & Green Chilies
1 clove garlic (pressed or powder)
½ tsp cumin
Salt

Preparation:
In a serving bowl, mash three of the avocados very well to make them smooth and creamy.  Stir the spices in to the avocados.  Cube the fourth avocado and fold it in.  Gently add the Rotel into the avocado.  TIP: Mom always said that if you put an avocado seed into the middle of the guacamole, it will keep fresher longer.  Feel free to add lime juice to help with that as well — IF you think your guacamole will last more than one meal. 🙂

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