Holy Guacamole!

My friend is moving to Ireland for 6 months. Exciting for her, sad for us. Her farewell party was a potluck of green or Irish food. Since most of us were Chinese, our dishes of choice were mostly just green.

I decided to whip up a batch of guacamole. So simple, so delicious. And no, I don't have an actual recipe...

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Let's start with the avocado. My favourite is the Hass. (Maybe because Ina's favourite is the Hass, and I want to be like Ina.) When you buy avocados at the store, they're usually 4 days from being ripe. (If you don't plan ahead and you try to get lucky, you'll likely end up with a decoy-ripe avocado: it's just a little bruised.) Store the avocados in a dark, dry place. I put them in the back corner of my pantry; I've heard of storing them in a wok or a pot as well.
If you've only got 2 days before you need the avocados, just buy less green ones but make sure they're still very firm (no bruises!) and then store them in the dark place with a banana. The banana helps speed up the ripening process.

A small batch of guacamole only needs 2 or 3 medium sized avocados. Costco sells them in packs of 5: plenty for a party.

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To dice the avocados for the guacamole, first halve it, then scoop the pit out with a spoon, or do the crazy "hammer the knife into the pit and twist it out" technique (please be careful!!!) Using a small butter knife, cut horizontal and vertical lines into the avocado while still in the skin. The closer the slices are, the smaller the pieces of avocado. Using a spoon, scoop the avocado out of the skin: voila! Pre-diced pieces of avocado! Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the avocado; mix, and set aside.

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Next: red onion and tomatoes. I like a chunky guacamole, so I add lots of tomatoes and onions. Finely dice half a small red onion for every 3 or so avocados. Dice 2 to 3 roma tomatoes. Add to avocados and mix vigorously with a fork. You can always change the recipe to have more or less tomatoes and onions.

The avocados will break down as you mix; mix until you have the consistency you like. Add a generous amount of salt. Taste and adjust.

If you like your guacamole spicy, mince a jalapeƱo or two and add to the mixture.

That's it! I know! Holy guacamole!

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wubecca –   – (May 15, 2010 at 4:13 PM)  

i was gonna ask who was going to ireland cuz i'd gladly meet her...but 30 secs later i realized that i already knew =P hahaha. hope i see you in june!

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