Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Guacamole II

Guacamole literally means 'avocado sauce'. This recipe is adapted from Ben's recipe for kitchens that lack a molcajete, the lava rock mortar and pestle used traditionally to prepare Mexican sauces (moles, from Nahuatl mōlli). Boost the heat by including more jalapeño.
2 large ripe Haas avocados
2 T lime juice, divided
2 t minced garlic
1/2 to 1 jalepeño pepper, seeds and membranes removed, finely diced
2 t ground cumin
1 fistful cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1/4 c red onion, finely chopped
1 medium ripe tomato, seeded, chopped and drained well
salt to taste
Halve avocados, remove pit and scoop out flesh. Place it in a bowl, immediately moisten with a tablespoon of lime juice, mash lightly with a fork, leaving big chunks, and mix. Add the cumin, jalepeño, cilantro and garlic. Season with salt and residual lime juice to taste. Stir in the onions and tomatoes. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, pressing to contact the dip, and refrigerate. Best if eaten the following day, but it can be served immediately. Serve with tortilla chips, corn chips, or as a side with Mexican dishes. Serves 4 to 6.