Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Once upon a time there was... Guacamole

Guacamole happens. This time, guacamole happened because we had this fancy new avocado bowl, and because we still had a ton of leftover cilantro after the Potato and Cilantro soup. So, here's what you need to make our favorite (but ever-changing) guacamole.

makes 2 c. of guacamole
2 RIPE avocados (should be a good amount of give when you press on the skin, otherwise it will not blend well)
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup cilantro
1 green onion
1/4 cup red onion
11 grape tomatoes
1 jalapeno pepper
salt, pepper to taste
Tortilla chips!

1. Prepare ingredients. We will use a small food processor below, so there isn't too much to do here. We lightly chopped the garlic, onions, and cilantro, then put them in the food processor.

We also seeded and lightly chopped the jalepeno. When cutting jalepenos and other hot peppers, be careful! They can burn your paws/hoofs/fingers, especially the seeds. Hide behind your pigs as necessary. Get rid of the seeds unless you want a serious guacamole kick.

Cornelius says: Hot peppers should be handled by brave pigs only.

2. Coarsely chop the onions, garlic, cilantro, jalepeno, and 6 grape tomatoes in a small food processor. We dropped the tomatoes whole to get a little of their juice, which keeps the guac mild.

Like magic!

3. Now, prepare the avocados. Open the avocados and scoop out the good stuff into a bowl (see the bottom of this post for our method of peeling them.) Quickly add the lemon juice so the guac stays green. Then, MASH and SMASH and BEAT the avocado, perhaps using a mortar and pestle, until it starts to break up and get a little creamy.

4. Dump in the contents of the food processor and beat to combine until creamy, or just how you like it. At this point, we chop up the remaining 5 grape tomatoes and add those pieces - this is mainly to make it look prettier. Add the salt and pepper to taste.

5. Enjoy with tortilla chips!

Avocado Technique
To open your avocados,

1. Slice all the way around the avocado (you can't cut through because of the core).

2. Twist and pull the two halves apart. If your avocado is ripe, this should not take too much effort. Have your pigs assist if necessary.

3. One side will have the avocado pit stuck in it. To easily remove it, carefully jam the knife into the pit. Then, just twist and lift! Like magic!

The nutritional information calculates the 2 c of guacamole as 6 servings. So adjust if you want to eat more or less.


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