Guacamole

by Erica on December 1, 2018

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I have an interesting relationship with avocados. I spent most of my life avoiding them, even though they are a huge part of Puerto Rican cooking. I don't know if I was a picky eater or didn't care for the way they looked but I wanted no part of them. That all changed one fateful day when I was prepping food in a restaurant I managed. One of the cooks, let's call him Angel, came over and asked if I wanted to learn how to make guacamole. "Sure" I said leaving all my avocado fears behind.

This  was a game changer and thus my obssession began. Now this was before avocado became the new kale and avocado toast was even a thing. So below is my take on Angel's recipe. Important note: use Hass avocados as they retain less water than the large green ones. Trust me on this I learned the hard way and made avocado soup. Also here's a tip on how to pick the perfect avocado: squeeze and if your finger makes an indent then you are good to go. If not buy them anyway and store in a dark cabinet for a day or two and they should be ready.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sized Hass avocados

  • cilantro

  • 3-4 garlic cloves

  • 1/2 tsp salt & pepper

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1/3 red onion chopped

  • 1/2 juice of a lime

Prep Time:

20 mins

Servings:

4-5 servings or 1 hungry person

Difficulty:

Easy

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Steps:

Step 1: In a large bowl cut avocados in half and spoon out the center, toss the seed

Step 2: Finely chop cilantro, red onions and garlic cloves

Step 3: Add cumin, salt & pepper and lime juice

 

Step 4: Using a potato masher, fork or whatever you have and smash ingredients together.

Step 5: (optional) if you'd like to add some spice finely chop a small jalapeno or add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce

 

Happy Snacking!