If you read my column from yesterday, I shared a recipe for "Mexican Hot Dip", which is a wonderful appetizer or snack. Since many people have expressed interest in Mexican food, I'm continuing by sharing another appetizer or snack recipe, which is a classic treat for those that enjoy Mexican food, and that's "Chunky Guacamole".
If you're not familiar with guacamole, this is a dip that uses avocados. This is a vegetable that can be found in most grocery stores in the produce section. Some stores even have organic avocados. And if you've never worked with this interesting vegetable before, here's how to prepare them: first, slice the vegetable lengthwise. Be aware that there's a large pit in the center of the vegetable, so don't try cutting through it. Only cut around it. Then, separate the halves and with your knife, slide the pit out. With a spoon, scrape the flesh out of the shell into a bowl. And that's all there is to it! I've seen recipes that call for peeling an avocado, but I've found this method of scraping the flesh out much easier than trying to peel it.
At this point, you're ready to proceed with the rest of the recipe. All you do is add the remaining ingredients and mix. You now have guacamole! To mix this, I do this with an electric mixer, but of course, you can do it by hand, if you prefer the guacamole even chunkier. You'l also see that the recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper, which is also known as cayenne pepper. This amount may be adjusted according to the amount of "fire" you like in your dip. Serve this along with some tortilla chips and you're set for some snacking!
Also, if you're concerned about the guacamole turning dark while it's refrigerated, place one of the pits from where you prepared the avocados in the center of your guacamole and this help prevent it from darkening. A good friend of mine told me about this trick and it's an easy and fun tip to use! Just before serving, remove the pit and discard it.
If you by chance missed the recipe for the "Mexican Hot Dip" from yesterday, here's the link so you can have this recipe, too:
If you're new to guacamole, give this recipe a try and you may want to remember this one when entertaining or just when you want a TV snack this fall!
- 2 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
- 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 medium tomato, peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
In a large mixing bowl, scrape the flesh from the avocados from the shells. Mash the pulp with the lemon juice. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. If desired, place a pit from one of the avocados in the dip. Cover and chill for several hours to blend flavors. Just before serving, remove and discard the pit. Place in a serving bowl and surround with tortilla chips.