Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Simply Guacamole

A lot of the things I cook/bake I take to work and share with my folks there. Occasionally, they make something and bring ME some and leave it on my desk. (I try not to arrive too early) Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I found a container of homemade Guacamole on my desk. I refrigerated it during the day and then took it home. Later that night while watching the Mariner's (ugh!) on TV, I popped out the guac and some chips and along with my cold beer, snacked. God it was good guacamole.

So I then proceeded to try and make my own. I made three different versions based upon a variety of ingredients, and threw 2 out of the 3 away, because they weren't that good. I always thought Guacamole was easy!

Tried a 4th combination of ingredients, and here it is. This is some seriously good stuff. And might rival that left on my desk. Might I say, 'cause that was good stuff Aimee!

Give it a try. Make sure the avocado's are Haas (creamier) and ripe (soft).

Ingredients and Method:

2 ripe Haas avocados (Soft when gently squeezed)
1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice or lime juice, depends on your preference
a pinch or two of cayenne pepper
1/2 cup finely diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 /4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon taco seasoning
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon gorgonzola or bleu cheese
chopped green onions (green parts only)

In a large bowl, combine lemon/lime  juice, cayenne, taco seasoning, garlic salt, cumin, and pepper and toss well. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, slice the avocado into squares inside the skin  and remove with a spoon. 

Take half of one avocado and combine with cheese with a vertical blender until smooth. Add to bowl along with balance of avocado and tomatoes and mix well. Add cilantro and green onions and combine.

Chill for at least one hour for the flavors to blend before serving.


My Kitchen in the Rockies said...

Those are the same ingredients that go into my guac. We love it.

Vivian said...

Oh, to find lovely creamy avocados in my neck of the woods! In Spruce Grove you have to get them rock hard and try to ripen them in bags on your counter...but I will try, as the gauc sounds so good. Am making great use of the Calphalon saucepan too...lately for a small batch of strawberry jam!

The Merlin Menu said...

Ahh, Vivian, glad you are enjoying the pan.

As for avocado ripening, I understand if you place a banana in the bag with the avocado's it helps the ripening process.

Also, this guacamole recipe is going to be revised as my friend finally gave up an even better recipe!

Kat said...

Sounds so good. And your photos are wonderful. If you get a chance, take a peek at my baking blog. I am having a giveaway. Thanks so much.

The Merlin Menu said...

Thanks for the kind words Kat.

And I'll be linking up YOUR blog momentarily. Thanks for the invite.

Ron Merlin

from my motorhome to yours said...

cover the dip with plastic wrap if people tell you to keep the seed in it their crazy, its not the seed that keeps it from turning brown air turns it brown cover the avocado with plastic wrap ,press the plastic wrap right onto the dip itself , so it forms a seal!! just an fyi, pam

Simply Life said...

Oh that looks delicious! What a great blog you have!

El Oteador de los Mercados said...

The guacamole is perfect with a good conversation.

Abby said...

That guac looks perfect! I'm kind of hungry right now at the end of my worknight. These photos are killer!