Sunday, May 23, 2010

Easy Homemade Guacamole

I remember the first time I tasted guacamole. I was in high school. My grandmother finally talked me into trying it. Up until this point, I had been totally grossed out by the glob of green stuff. But after that first taste, I was hooked. Totally in love! Once I found out how easy it was to make, I started making it myself and gobbling it up. My boys really love it. Mashed avocados were actually the first food I gave to both of them when they were babies. You could fix a plate with tortilla chips and lettuce and top that with the guacamole and have a salad or you could just eat it out of the bowl with a bunch of chips. I'll post a recipe later this week that uses it to top some fish. All I know is that if you've never tried guacamole, you need to. You're really missing out!

Easy Homemade Guacamole

2 ripe avocados
1/4 tsp salt (I use Kosher.)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp mayonnaise
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 tsp hot sauce (I use Louisiana Hot Sauce)

Cut avocados in half. Remove seed and scoop out all the green stuff and place in a bowl. Make sure your avocados are ripe or your guacamole will be hard to make and won't taste as good. You'll know if your avocados are good if you can gently push the skin of the fruit and it pushes in. If it is hard, it's not ripe. Now, using the bottom of a cup (I used a plastic cup since I was using a glass mixing bowl.) mash the avocado. You can also use a fork, but I learned that using a cup does the job pretty well and leaves a few clumps of avocado in the mix. Now after it is mashed to the consistency you want, sprinkle with the salt. Then drizzle the lemon juice over top. The lemon juice will help it to keep its color. Mix just until incorporated. Next add the remaining ingredients and mix well. If you think it needs a little more kick, add some more hot sauce. If it's too spicy, add some more mayo. I usually don't use a recipe, but the last time I made this, I decided to try and measure what I do. Serve this immediately. Guacamole is best when eaten right after it is prepared.

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