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Guacamole recipe?

terlin Aug 10, 2013 09:49 PM

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  1. JonParker RE: terlin Aug 10, 2013 10:04 PM

    I don't know that I have a recipe. Put avocado in bowl, add minced, rinsed white onion, a minced serrano or two, salt and lime juice. Chopped tomato if I'm feeling fancy. Squish it all together.

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      Jenny Ondioline RE: terlin Aug 10, 2013 10:09 PM

      There are as many guacamole recipes as there are avocados. Every batch is invariably different. Personally, I start with three or four dead ripe avocados, a finely chopped shallot, the finely chopped leaves of about half a bunch of cilantro, a big pinch of salt and the juice of 1 or 2 limes, mashed together with a pastry fork until mostly smooth.

      1. EWSflash RE: terlin Aug 10, 2013 10:57 PM

        Just don't put in any sour cream or god forbid cottage cheese. It stops being guacamole at that point.

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          JonParker RE: EWSflash Aug 11, 2013 05:40 AM

          Cottage cheese? I really hate making value judgements on what other people eat, but eeeewwwwww.

        2. MidwesternerTT RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 04:29 AM

          A quick search of this site (using the box in upper right corner) found a previous discussion that may help you

          My "recipe" is minimal - 1 avocado mashed, 1/2 tsp. minced garlic, juice from half a small lime, dash of salt. I don't like chunks of anything in my guac.

          A local shop makes a guacamole hummus (i.e., mixed with blended cooked garbanzo beans) that's smooth, moderately thick consistency and very tasty.

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            sedimental RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 06:20 AM

            I like it all kinds of ways, because I love avocado!

            As a dip for shrimp or with chips, I like it really smooth with a little bit of mayo for extra fat and with extra heat from a red chili powder. Lime and garlic.

            Adding Sazon goya and mayo or sour cream/Mexican crema makes a nice guac dip for chips as well.

            As a topping/side, I like it chunkier with serrano and onion or sometimes with pico de gallo and/or sour cream mixed in.

            I rarely have a "plain or traditional guac". I prefer slices of avocado with a squeeze of lime instead.

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              Joebob RE: sedimental Aug 11, 2013 06:45 PM

              Guac. as a dip for shrimp? How wonderfully decadent! I like to cut grape tomatoes in halves and add them at the end.

            2. C. Hamster RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 06:35 AM

              I mash the avocados with a potato masher. Add garlic that I've turned into a paste with the side of my chef's knife, a small amount of very finely minced onion that I soaked in ice water, fresh lime juice, minced cilantro and generous amount if salt. Snipped chives from the garden.

              No tomatoes, mayo or sour cream

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                grumpyspatient RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 06:51 AM

                two avocados mashed but still chunky, smashed garlic, juice from 1/2 a lemon, sea salt and 2-3 heaping tablespoons of home made salsa for the cilantro/onion/lime/chile kick.
                crisp up some tortillas and its an afternoon snack.

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                  escondido123 RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 11:21 AM

                  Perfectly ripe avocados--bacon avocados if you can get them--mashed with salt and lime juice. Freshly fried tortillas chips for scooping would take it over the top.

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                    Joebob RE: escondido123 Aug 11, 2013 06:50 PM

                    "...bacon avocados..."? Never heard of them. Please elaborate.

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                      DiningDiva RE: Joebob Aug 11, 2013 07:16 PM


                  2. Soul Vole RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 11:23 AM

                    To me onion, cilantro, and serrano (preferably) or jalapeño are essential. In Mexico they're commonly ground in a molcajete, so if you have a mortar and pestle use it. Otherwise mince finely, sprinkle with salt, and mash into a paste as well as you can with the edge of your knife.

                    I prefer criollo avocados to Hass when I can get them.

                    Mix paste in while mashing the avocados, being sure to leave some texture. Optionally mix in chopped tomato at the end.

                    I never add lime juice. If you have quality avocados at the peak of ripeness it only masks the fine subtleties of their flavor.

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                      JonParker RE: Soul Vole Aug 11, 2013 11:24 AM

                      I like my guacamole really chunky, so I always mash by hand.

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                        Soul Vole RE: JonParker Aug 11, 2013 11:27 AM

                        Absolutely, yes, mash by hand. I didn't mean to imply otherwise.

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                        hotoynoodle RE: Soul Vole Aug 11, 2013 11:32 AM

                        the lime juice also keeps the avocado from oxidizing and turning brown instantly.

                        put the zest of a lime and its juice in a bowl. dissolve some salt in there. toss in mashed avocado and some chopped cilantro. sometimes chopped scallions or jalapeno. that's it.

                        i use a potato masher too, preferring it a bit chunky.

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                          Soul Vole RE: hotoynoodle Aug 11, 2013 11:42 AM

                          Kenji Lopez-Alt at Serious Eats says that in his tests the amount of lime juice needed to stop enzymatic browning made the guacamole unpalatable, and that smaller amounts actually increased the browning:


                          (And I think it was in On Food and Cooking that Harold McGee debunked the avocado pit notion.


                          The solution is to mash the avocados right before serving or press plastic down on the surface to keep the oxygen out.

                          I really highly recommend trying guacamole without lime juice. I first had guacamole that way in Mexico City and it was sublime. It changed my concept of what guacamole could be.

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                            hotoynoodle RE: Soul Vole Aug 11, 2013 11:56 AM

                            the avocado pit "covers" some surface area, so helps keep an avocado from browning. it won't do anything in a bowl of guacomole -- i didn't say that. kenji says "some" browned faster, not "all".

                            i prefer the acid of the lime playing against the fattiness of the avocado.

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                              gildeddawn RE: Soul Vole Aug 11, 2013 12:40 PM

                              The recipe in the link above is my favorite. Ever.

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                                escondido123 RE: Soul Vole Aug 11, 2013 02:19 PM

                                I will definitely try this. I made myself avocado toast--just avocado spread onto a piece of toasted bread with salt--and decided to drizzle it with avocado oil. Over the top good.

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                              Veggo RE: Soul Vole Aug 11, 2013 01:10 PM

                              Interesting....I have never made guac without lime juice. I use just fork mashed avocado, lime, and salt. I abandoned other additives like onion and tomato and spices years ago; less is better. I keep a bottle of hot sauce for splashing on the top of the finished guac. I'll try your version sometime, but I'll have a lime nearby just in case. I never have concerns about storage or browning, I only make what will be eaten during the next 15 minutes.

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                              Apple RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 11:34 AM

                              2 perfectly ripe avocados

                              2 tbsp. of finely minced white onion
                              1 tsp of finely minced garlic
                              small handful of cilantro leaves, chopped
                              1 lime
                              fleur de sel

                              Mash loosely with a potato masher. Stir in onion and garlic and cilantro. Cut lime in half, squeeze juice. Stir in. Taste - add more lime in necessary. Season generously with salt.

                              1. DiningDiva RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 11:59 AM

                                2 each Hass avocados that feel like they might be overripe. Cut them in half and remove the pit. Drag the tines of a fork lengthwise down each avocado half several times going all the way through the avocado flesh to the rind, repeat going across side to side. Then run the fork (or use a spoon) around the edge of the rind and empty the avocado into the bowl...mashed avocado, no potato masher and no extra steps.

                                Using a mortar and pestle (or molcajete and mano if you've got one) smash and mash 2-3 Tbls white onion, 1 clove of garlic, a serrano chile (including the seeds), a tablespoon or 2 of chopped cilantro and about a 1/2 tsp of salt. Make a paste and add it to the avocado. Stir to blend. Squeeze 1/2 a lime in (and don't overdo the lime, half a lime is sufficient), stir again. Taste for salt and reseason if necessary. Add more chile and cilantro if desired.

                                * This is the time of year when fruit guacamoles appear in the Guanajuato region. Use, pineapples, mangoes, peaches, grapes (halved) pomegranate seeds.
                                * Blue cheese & bacon. Sounds weird but tastes good. Or use only the crumbled bacon. Or use only the blue cheese + a few chopped almonds.
                                * We had this in Patzcuaro this past April. Guacamole Chamacuero...with chicharrón. Holy cow, good. Don't use the bagged pork rind snacks, won't work. If youv'e got a Mexican market near by, just buy a few ounces, crush a little up and add to the guac, break the rest into larger pieces and stick into the guac to use as dipper. Don't get the chicharrónes with meat still attached, you want the light, nearly transparent ones.
                                * Add some chopped tomatillos, or simply mash up some avocados and stir in some salsa verde for a super quick cheaters guacamole.
                                * In the area around Uruapan we saw a guacamole with cucumbers and pineapple. Didn't try it but it sure looked good! Heck we even saw guacamole with smoked trout in Uruapan

                                The possibilities are endless.

                                I always use Hass because of the lower moisture content and higher fat content. To me it makes a creamier guacamole. Variety really doesn't matter as long as the avocados are dead ripe, which means just on the edge of being too soft.

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                                  DiningDiva RE: DiningDiva Aug 11, 2013 09:25 PM

                                  Ah-ha! I knew I could find it.

                                  Photo of Guacamole con Frutas...Diana Kennedy recipe

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                                    Soul Vole RE: DiningDiva Aug 11, 2013 10:24 PM

                                    What a great idea mashing the avocado in the rind. Where did you pick that up?

                                    Lots of great ideas here, DD. Big thumbs up to guac+chicharrón. And many tantalizing ideas I've yet to try.

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                                    mwhitmore RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 12:05 PM

                                    Maybe it's not guacamole, but I would just as soon dice as mash.

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                                      vvv03 RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 01:07 PM

                                      I love the Rosa Mexicano guacamole recipe. Very simple. The mashing of the jalepeno, cilantro and onion are key. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/mem...

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                                        pine time RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 01:30 PM

                                        Only thing I add that I haven't seen yet here: a spoonful of ground cumin. Really adds a nice flavor.

                                        1. c oliver RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 01:37 PM

                                          Bob's recipe is

                                          2 avocados
                                          1/2 clove garlic
                                          1 jalapeno, minced
                                          1/4 t red pepper flakes
                                          2 T lime juice
                                          1 scant t salt, and more to taste
                                          1/2 t black, and more to taste
                                          1/2 c loosely packed cilantro, coarsely chopped

                                          Keep the avocados relatively chunky.

                                          1. Soul Vole RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 07:39 PM

                                            Here's a Diana Kennedy recipe, from The Art of Mexican Cooking. This is what I would recommend trying if you've never had guac without citrus.

                                            3 T. finely chopped white onion
                                            4 chiles serranos, finely chopped
                                            2 rounded T. finely chopped cilantro
                                            scant 1/2 t. (or to taste) sea salt
                                            3 large avocados, about 1 1/2 pounds
                                            2/3 cup finely chopped unpeeled tomato


                                            2 T. finely chopped white onion
                                            1 heaped T. finely chopped cilantro
                                            2 T. finely chopped tomato

                                            Using a molcajete, or however you have to do it, grind the onion, chile, cilantro, and salt into a paste. Mash avocados into aforementioned paste with a fork, leaving some texture. Fold in tomato. Top with onion, cilantro, and tomato and serve (immediately, por favor!).

                                            That's paraphrased, just for the record. Not Ms. Kennedy's words. :P

                                            Beware, 4 serranos are going to make for a very picante guacamole. Most people will want to use fewer.

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                                              JonParker RE: Soul Vole Aug 11, 2013 09:12 PM

                                              I'll give that a shot next time. It sounds really good.

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                                              jeanmarieok RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 08:07 PM

                                              I usually mash 3 avocados, about 4 oz of cr. cheese, a clove of garlic and the juice of one lime. I know the cream cheese is not usual, but I learned to make gauc in the 80's. And everyone loves my guac, so I haven't changed it.

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                                                Goatjunky RE: terlin Aug 11, 2013 09:11 PM

                                                I am pretty much a guacamole purist. No sour cream, etc. But i do sometimes add tomatillo. Their acidity is great, but then i guess you technically have guacatillo. Im going to have to google that and see if it is just a so cal thing

                                                Edited because i just did google, and it definately is not. Which makes sense

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                                                  FoodFan83 RE: terlin Jul 8, 2014 10:24 PM

                                                  Guacamole is so tasty and so simple to make. I got this recipe off chow and its my go to when people come over. This is what you will need:

                                                  9 large avocados (about 3 pounds)
                                                  1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
                                                  2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions
                                                  1 to 2 medium serrano chiles, seeded and minced
                                                  1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
                                                  1 tablespoon kosher salt
                                                  1 medium Roma tomato (about 1/4 pound), finely chopped


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