July 4, 2010

guacamole, times two

The following are my two favorite recipes for guacamole.  I like each for different reasons.  The first recipe is credited to Brian’s mom.  It’s a deliciously rich guacamole, with the deep, smoky flavor of bacon!   The second is my own take on guacamole, a slightly lighter-tasting version with the bright flavors of lime and cilantro. 

Guacamole with Bacon
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2 ripe avocados, halved, peeled, pitted, and mashed
1 tablespoon minced onion
1-2 cloves of garlic (or garlic powder, to taste)
¼ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp salt
dash (freshly ground) pepper
1/3 cup mayonnaise (optional)*
6 slices of bacon, cooked crisp
1 tomato, diced (optional)**

Combine all ingredients and  (except mayo).

Chill in small container, sealed on top with mayonnaise (if using, plastic wrap if not) to prevent darkening. 

Stir in mayonnaise, if using, and serve with tortilla chips.

*I prefer to make this recipe without the mayonnaise, but it does prevent the guacamole from darkening better than plastic wrap alone.

**Brian prefers this recipe without the tomato, claiming that it is too bright a flavor with the rest of the ingredients.  I think that the tomatoes are a nice compliment, but I can certainly see his point.

Fresh Guacamole
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2 ripe avocados, halved, skin and pit removed
2 tablespoons onion, minced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
¼ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cumin
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon lime juice (from 1 lime)
1 tomato, diced

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except avocados, lime juice, and tomato.  Mash in one avocado* and mix until smooth.

Dice the second avocado.  Add to bowl and pour lime juice over. Mash/mix in, leaving diced avocado slightly chunky. Fold in diced tomato. Chill with plastic wrap pressed on top of guacamole until ready to serve.

*If you like a smoother guacamole, add the lime juice and both avocados at the same time, and mix until smooth. 

During a visit from my parents and sister a couple of weeks ago, we had the opportunity to taste them side by side.  Everyone agreed that they were equally wonderful.   Give them a try, and let me know what you think!

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