Monday, June 6, 2011

Home made Guacamole

I woke up to the rain again this morning feeling cheated out of one more spring day this year. I know I shouldn’t be complaining when I see the devastation that has taken place in other parts of the country, so I just try to enjoy the feeling of calm that the rain leaves behind. You know our vegetables and fruit mostly feel the same way, they calmly tag along growing very, very slowly without the need to burst out their lovely fruits, even though there is some hope to pick up cherries next weekend. There really has not been enough sunshine for the plants to grow or the fruit to mature.

On rainy weekends I usually have the pleasure to sleep in even if just a little, but since I had to be chauffeur early morning that was not to be. Drop off point was a local school, and as I saw hundreds of anxious teenagers looking for their specific exam room, I felt both sympathetic seeing their obvious anxiety and a sense of relief that my only problem was to find something useful to do for the next hour and a half. By nine o’clock I had already visited Starbucks for a cappuccino to wake me up, been to Home Depot to pick up some new soil for my cacti collection, and yes I couldn’t resist picking up at least one new succulent. Then I went grocery shopping and picked up some cilantro which I needed for my guacamole. We have planted cilantro but it too is taking its time to spring out.


Guacamole as many of you know is originally Mexican (I believe the earliest recorded use of this wonderful dip was by the Aztecs); the word is derived from Nahuatl ahuaca-molli, from ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce). So everyone is in agreement that if you are going to call your dip guacamole, it must be avocado based. There does not seem to be consensus on the other ingredients and the quantities used.
After being introduced to guacamole several years ago I started buying the freshly made guacamole from the deli sections of the food stores, but I always found myself picking out ingredients such as raw onions which I just cannot digest. So I soon started making my own, with the ingredients I like, in the quantities I like. Call it custom made guacamole. Today I am sharing the recipe with you. Whenever I prepare this guacamole for guests my only problem is always that I have never made enough. It vanishes within minutes. So if you like the taste of avocados, I guarantee you will love this. And if you really love that raw onion, just add some chopped onion; just don’t tell me about it.

The Ingredients


The following amounts will serve 4-6 people:
2 ripe avocadoes
2 ripe tomatoes
Bunch of cilantro
1 small or half a larger jalapeno pepper
Juice from 2 limes
1 garlic clove
The Method
Peel the avocados. If you have a mortar and pestle, use it to turn them into a nice thick avocado cream. You can also do this with a simple fork.
Add the crushed garlic and lime juice and mix well.
Peel and remove the seeds of the tomatoes, then chop them very finely
Chop the jalapeno very finely
Wash the cilantro very well (I used half of the bunch in the photo)) remove the stalks and discard. Chop the leaves very finely.
Mix the chopped tomatoes, jalapeno and cilantro into the avocado and lime mix and stir well.
Your Guacaome is ready. Serve with Chips and Enjoy!
Health Benefits of Avocados
California Avocados contain the following key nutrients: Vitamin K (so if you are on a blood thinner, you need to take this into account), B6, E, and C, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, riboflavin, nacin and fiber. They are rich in monounsaturated fats which help lower cholesterol when used in lieu of saturated fats. I came across this very interesting write up on WebMD about the benefits of avocados.

35 comments:

  1. I have to try your recipe. Last time I made it, not too worth mentioning, this is a great recipe!

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  2. It's only when I moved here that I learned to love guacamole. I was just used to having avocados sweet as opposed to that of a guac. Yep we have it with condensed milk and usually served for breakfast. But lately though, I can't have my nachos or burritos without guacamole. I haven't made one yet though but thanks for sharing the recipe, I will have to try making a homemade one.

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  3. I'm definitely a guacamole fan, but I have to admit that I prefer mine without tomatoes instead of without onions. I love the rest of what you put in it though!

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  4. I love guacamole!! Your recipe sounds great!

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  5. Me too a guacamole fan! This looks so wonderful!

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  6. Perfect for summer (even if it's raining)!

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  7. I make guacamole all the time... the next step will be making tortilla chips (as I did), you must know that! ;)

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  8. You know me and guacamole...I'm obsessed with the stuff!!

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  9. Love avocados! I just wish they were more affordable here. We had a huge avocado tree growing up back then. It was so heavy laden with fruit that they were just falling to the ground. Anyway I get them at costco whenever available.
    Love your guacamole! Looks perfect and delicious like healthy green "butter". Cheers!!!

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  10. Guacamole is definitely one of my favorites...it's perfect with chips or spooned over tacos! Looks delicious!

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  11. Nothing like guacamole with fresh ingredients. I generally pass on tomatoes, though. I never get the liquid balance right when I do.

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  12. It's one of my dream to make guacamole on my own but I'm too lazy that I end up buying one. Just bookmarked this and hope to make it this summer!

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  13. I LOVE guacamole! Your recipe sounds really great--must try! Thanks for sharing :)

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  14. I love guacamole! I could eat it by the truckload. :) I agree with you that I like it better without onion. Your recipe sounds perfect-- lots of cilantro and lime juice, yum yum!

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  15. Your guacamole sounds perfect and your comment about buying another succulent made me smile. You sounded just like me. Our yard is full of them because my husband and I can't ever resist buying just one more. :-)

    BTW, very thoughtful of you to weigh your worries against others'. I sometimes don't realize how light my cares are compared to other people's. Thanks for the reminder.

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  16. I am always thrilled to try homemade guacamole - thanks for the background - really interesting to know the origins too. You've set off an avocado craving now! Must have guacamole :)

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  17. Yummy!!! Chris, congrats!! You have won some free Chobani from my giveaway! Send me your address so I can mail the coupons :)
    hkingery@gmail.com

    - Heather

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  18. Yum! Looks delicious! I only became a fan of the mighty avocado a couple of years ago. Since then I love making guacamole (I love lots of black pepper and occasionally adding salsa to it too). So many uses for guacamole too.

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  19. I never tried to make this dip at home up to now. I think your recipe will make me try it soon :-)!!

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  20. I know what you mean!! We are in the midst of "June Gloom" right now and it's just gray and yucky. Last year this lasted for nearly 7 weeks, all of my garden rotted and died. So darn frustrating. I'm a sun person and I dread this time every year.
    The guacamole, however... love it! I could eat guac every day and be happy. I think of it as "Health food!"

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  21. Your homemade guacamole looks and sounds delicious! I love guacamole but I don't make it as often as I should!!

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  22. Oh, I love your recipe. My problem with guacamole is that I'm the only fan of it in our house and so I eat everything myself. This is just too tempting... Oh, so good to have peace & quiet by yourself while the poor things are doing exams. Brings it all back, doesn't it?

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  23. Complimenti per il tuo splendido blog e le bellissime ricette con foto che fai! ;-)

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  24. We love guacamole...and I make mine with the same ingredients as yours plus a pinch of salt & pepper! Love it!

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  25. @All. First of all thank you all for stopping by and leaving a smile on my face. I really enjoy receiving and reading your comments. I had some questions on and off line regarding how I use tomatoes and juice from 2 limes and keep that consistency in the guacamole. It's simple really, the first trick is to use only half of the lime juice initially. Remove all the tomato seeds and any liquid from the tomatoes - chop up the flesh only and only add that to the guacamole (you are after the taste of the tomato not the juice). Add the remaining lime juice after the cilantro - at that point you are in full control of the consistency. Hope that helps.

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  26. YUM! I love avocados and nothing beats homemade guac :)

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  27. Guacamole looks really nice here and it is really good to make the homemade guacamoles. The avocado info was good!

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  28. Nothing says 'Summer has arrived' like a guacamole dip!!! My absolute favorite- this looks so good Chris, and I love the kick from the jalapeno- Yummy! :)

    xx,
    Tammy

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  29. One side of my yard is a succulent garden, and I have a hard time passing up a new find as well :) Your guacamole recipe is wonderful, always a favorite around my house too :)

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  30. I love guacamole! Your recipe sounds wonderful!

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  31. Hi Chris! Just hopping over to say Hi coz haven't been seeing your postings recently so I presumed you must be very busy. Hope to see you around soon! :D
    We all miss you! ^.^

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  32. Thanks so much for checking in on me. I have had laptop issues - I now seem to have Windows working OK again but my card reader is not working - so I can't upload photos :(. Sony charged me $99 to run diagnostics, just to tell me that as far as their diagnostics are concerned there is nothing wrong with the hardware - if I want to pay another $200 they will reformat my hard drive and reinstall Windows! If anyone stopping by has had problems with the card reader on the Vaio, I'd love to hear about any possible cause. Hope to be back soon posting and visiting all your wonderful sites.

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  33. I was introduced to Guacamole when I came over here in the US. The only way I knew to prepare avocados is having it as a shake and with sugar and milk.. yes basically like a dessert. I haven't made my own guacamole and your recipe loos simple to make.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Malou

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  34. Making guacamole in a mortar and pestle can be a bit of work, but well worth it. The trick is to get avocados that are a bit ripe. The first time I tried making it in a mortar and pestle, my avocados weren't very ripe and I had to call in my husband to finish the mashing. I didn't have the arm strength. :)

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  35. Mmm Guacamole! I love it. Even my kids eat it which always surprises me!

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