Sunday, February 1, 2009

Irresistible Guacamole

Everybody loves guacamole on Super Bowl Sunday, and I am no different. I even got the best batch of avocados ever for free from the family I mentor for, who has a tree in their backyard. Sure beats the overpriced, overpinched and usually unripe avocados I’m usually stuck with! I had one small problem: We are a biking family first, and then a football family. Today was the first bike race of the year, and a great day for it. So I decided to take a huge batch of guacamole to the day of races and offer it up to the racers and their families. I was a little worried that these extreme athletes would pass up my high fat treat, but I talked it up big, and once they took a bite, they couldn’t resist more. It was a great batch, using almost 5 avocados, and we really didn’t have much left to bring back by the time we were actually watching the Super bowl (we made it in time for the end of the first quarter). The recipe used is the winning recipe from a “Guac-Off” party held by the aid & government workers in New Orleans during the months immediately after Katrina (they worked their butts off during the day, but it was pretty boring at night). My best friend hosted that party and kindly shared the recipe with me and I have been using it ever since.

Irresistible Guacamole
4 Ripe Avocados (don’t mash them up yet!)
¼ large onion, very finely diced
1 large Serrano chile, minced very fine (careful with this, it will burn you)
½ tsp Kosher salt
2 Tbs Cilantro (optional)
Juice of 1 Lime
1 clove of garlic, minced
Slice Avocados in half, remove pit and scoop insides into a large bowl in large pieces. Squeeze lime juice over avocado and place one pit into bowl to avoid browning. Place onion, Serrano, Cilantro and salt in Mortar & Pestle and grind until juicy and mostly one consistency (When this is mixed into the guac, no one should be able to tell what pieces are what). This could probably be done in a food processor, but Mortar & Pestle really brings out the flavors. Here’s what mine looked like:

Add smushed mixture to avocados. Add minced garlic and mix very well WITH YOUR KNIFE, not a fork or spoon. There should be recognizable pieces of avocado in the mixture. It seemed to provide lots of good energy for the bike racers (my guys are Team Platinum, in white):

Nutrition info for 1/8 of mixture: Calories: 149.9, Fat: 13.4g (1.8 Sat, 1.6 Poly, 8.5 Mono), Carbs: 8.9g Fiber: 6.1g

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe you're revealing your secret guacamole recipe!!! Well, I guess you could have the tools but you gotta know how to use it!