Friday, June 12, 2009

Guacamole!!

I don't think I ever had guacamole when I was growing up. I can't remember my parents ever making it-- but I also don't remember there ever being a point where I was like, hey, what's guacamole? It was one of those things that I eventually came upon and fell in love with.
I never had a lot of avacados growing up either. I remember the first time I got avacado on something-- it was a French Skillet at Village Inn. It came with two scrambled eggs, fried chicken pieces, ham pieces, and hollandaise sauce. I added avacados-- it was probably a heart attack waiting to happen.
I now know the avacados were probably saving me from th rest (har har). My dad always commented on how bad avacados were for you, because they were full of fat. So when I (needlessly) worried about my weight in college, they were something I stayed far away from.

Then I got real. I was trying to be healthy and I found out how GOOD avacados are for us. They're a healthy fat, a delicious one. And guacamole is a wonderful way of enjoying avacados. One of my favourite things about living out here in LA is-- dun dun, all the avacados! You can get them anywhere all the time here! I don't think they were that common in Colorado!

Since guacamole is just a mix of fruits/herbs/vegetables/peppers/whatever, its a quick easy thing that tastes good on burgers, eggs, or chips, or heck, by the spoonfull. Today I enjoyed my guacamole on some pita bread with melted cheddar, parmesan, and feta cheeses. It was like a greek meets west thing. But it made me happy.

My guacamole is pretty generic, and usually Jeff and I just scoop it by the chipful. I think I end up eating 70% of it, though he swears otherwise. I pull large chunks of guacamole out at a time when I have it. Unlike his modest dips. I think my ratio of guacamole to chip might be out of this world.

Anyway, I'm not really sure what else to say about guacamole. I know that, since it's Summer, I'm going to be eating it all the time. Something about summer makes me go "time for guacamole and smoothies!". Oh, and pina coladas.

Guacamole

1/2 medium sized tomato, chopped fine
1/2 onion, chopped fine
1 avocado
The juice of 1/2 a lime
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 jalapeno, seeds and veins removed, minced
a small handful of cilantro, torn or chopped into liittle pieces
1/8 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Ready for this step, it's easy!
Combine all ingredients. Mix with a fork. Dip a chip in and enjoy!

Edit
Thank you!!

4 comments:

xdeliriumx said...

I like my guac very simple as well but no lime or lemon juice to help preserve color and add a little zip? Whaaaa? Otherwise, good recipe. =)

Stephanesia said...

Oh, sweet, thanks! I do add lime juice, I just forgot to put it on here!

phoenix said...

Oh SNAP - I can eat guacamole with a spoon if you let me, and this is a fantastic recipe.

I've made guac using a similar recipe, just sans jalepenos because I am a wuss, but not only do I second the notion of the citrus to keep the avocados from browning, I've also had some luck stirring in a little-and seriously, a little-sour cream to smooth it out for party dipping purposes.

Not something I'd do regularly since I'm more or less a purist, but it helps a little guac go a little farther. Assuming you even want it to in the first place and you don't eat it all!

Kevin said...

Fresh homemade guacamole is so good!