Friday, August 6, 2010

Easy homemade guacamole

Guacamole is so easy & summery. I've made my own for ages, but fell a little in love with Rosa Mexicano's tableside version...and judging from the reactions I saw, so did other diners! (Bonus: the Lincoln Center locale is handy for opera/dance/theater-going. :)

Seen at Rosa Mexicano
Time: 5-10 min, or 60 seconds if you're Rosa Mexicano waitstaff

2-3 tablespoons (30-45g) diced onion
2-3 teaspoons cilantro (10-15g coriander), chopped fine
1 teaspoon (1/6 ounce or 5g) salt
2 small ripe avocados, pitted, peeled & cubed
Optional: 1 teaspoon (1/6 ounce or 5g) jalapeño, seeded & minced
Optional: 2-3 tablespoons (30-45g) ripe diced tomatoes

Using a bowl and spoon -- or molcajete if you feel fancy! -- mash 1 tablespoon (15g) onion with 1/2 teaspoon (1/12 ounce or 2.5g) each of cilantro, salt, and optional jalapeño. 

When onion and cilantro get more pulpy, add the avocados.  Stir gently to coat avocados with onion-cilantro paste. Then add remaining onion and cilantro, plus optional tomatoes.

Mash all ingredients slightly, avocados should stay chunky. Add more salt or jalapeño to taste, folding-in gently. Serve right away with tortilla chips or fresh, warm corn or flour tortillas and chow!

Little notes
The Rosa Mexicano version does not use lime juice, which is how I prefer it, but you can add a bit if you like. Also, instead of lime juice (to prevent guacamole going brown), you can apparently return the avocado pits to the guac, cover & refrigerate 3-4 should stay green-y...But who can wait that long? :-)

{Apologies in advance for my *rough* metric conversions!}

(Image via Julie and Ed.)


kirstyb said...

wow that looks yummy x

Rowena... said...

Guacamole is hit or miss for me, because sometimes the avocados are good, other times not. The opposite goes for mangos and papayas...they are always lousy. Not anything like the stuff we grew up eating!

Stacey said...

I love guacamole and my house is rarely ever out of avocado. Yum, yum:-). Happy Friday to you Jude!

Amy@Old Sweet Song said...

I love their guac! I might need to have this for dinner. With a margarita, of course.

Anonymous said...

This looks SOOOO good. There's no way I'm putting the avocado back in the fridge for 3 hours!

Jude said...

Hi kirstyb - thanks! - and I do hope those metric conversions aren't a disaster :)

Hi Rowena - oh wow, soo interesting, I never realized the variable quality of avocados in Italy! (Though I totally understand about the mangoes and papayas, yes I do! :) I'm learning something new today, for a change! Are you able to find foods from home that are reliably good there?

Hi Stacey - I think I'm OD-ing on avocados and guacamole this summer! But I guess you can never have too much of a good thing :) - happy Friday to you!

Hi Amy - margarita with guacamole, mmmm, gosh, I might just have to have that this weekend too, have a good one! :)

Hi Cafe Bellini - haha, that's *exactly* why I don't have 1st-hand experience about whether that avocado-pit-trick works - I'm just a heathen who gobbles all my guac right away! :)

Rowena... said...

If by foods from home you mean spam and vienna sausage.....then the answer is NO! *sob*

K and S said...

love guac! have a nice weekend!

Jude said...

Hi Rowena - I just cackled so loud, I'm glad no one's in the same room - such CLASSICS! I guess spam and vienna sausages never quite caught on in London either, understandably :)

Hi Kat - hope you get a chance to make some soon! Have a good wkd! :)

lisa said...

One of my favorites. Looks delicious!!!

Jude said...

Hi Lisa - yes, it's hard to beat guacamole, especially in summers! :) Thanks for dropping by!

AB HOME Interiors said...

Wholly Guacomolly!!! hahah this sounds yummy!

Jude said...

Hi Amanda - hahaaaa - thanks! :) Hope your weekend is a good one!

Melissa said...

Ooh, guac! Gotta love anything avocado.

justinegordon said...

this looks so delicious, I always forget to make this in the summer

Jude said...

Hi Melissa - I do too! Avocados are the best summertime food :)

Hi Justine - I used to forget a lot too, but seem to be making up for it this summer!

MarchMusings said...

Healthy eating at its best. Love the fruit more as a dip.

Jude said...

Hi MarchMusins - *love* it as a dip! (and, yes, even the fat in avocados is "good" fat :-)

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