May 26, 2009

Simple Chunky Guacamole inspired by Ellie Krieger

Posted in Appetizers tagged , at 10:53 pm by jenniec00ks

rocketsfood 006So back when the Houston Rockets were in the NBA playoffs, I promised my best buddy that I’d watch the game with him and make some “game” food to go with our beer (Shiner Blonde and New Belgium Sunshine Wheat). I tried a chunky guacamole in a restaurant recently and decided I liked it a lot better than a smooth creamy one. Here’s Ellie Krieger’s recipe which inspired me, but I adjusted the amount of ingredients to suit my tastes.  I also didn’t take pix the whole way through, but here’s the recipe.

So 2 big things about working with avocados – one is to work quickly and get some acid (lime or lemon juice) on them so that they don’t brown.  The second is that when you store guac or avocados, push the plastic wrap flat on the surface of the guacamole so that minimal air (oxygen is really what we’re concerned about) gets in.  Following these two steps allowed me to keep the guacamole fresh tasting for 2 full days!

3 small hass avocados – a little over a cup diced rather small – about 1/2″ pieces.

1/4 cup of red onion, finely diced

2 tablespoons of lime juice

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Toss all the ingredients together in a bowl just until their combined.  You can mash it together with a fork if you’re not as keen on the chunkiness as I am.  I served it with Tostitos Scoops.  I’d say this makes enough for about 3-4 people to snack on, triple or quadruple it for parties.

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Let me know what you think – I know there are many people who do guacamole *their* way that have a lot more ingredients than this.  I really like the clean taste of this recipe, but I also haven’t tried too many others.