I’ve seen a lot of guacamole recipes. I’ve bought a lot of guacamole, and the shop stuff pretty much universally sucks. Too much like wallpaper paste, not enough lime, unripe avocado… I don’t know. But for whatever reason, if you don’t like guacamole, you should try this and be converted. Whenever I make this for other people, they love it.
- Two ripe Hass Avocados. They’re
more expensive (but supermarkets tend to reduce them at the time when they’re perfectly ripe – sneaky… heh heh) than the paler green avocados in some shops now (see right). They’re just the best for guacamole – they ripen well, and they have good flavour. The avocados should have give in them if you press the outside. Hard avocados do not make good guacamole.
- The flesh of One medium-sized tomato. Take the skin off if you want; I don’t bother.
- Half a red onion, finely chopped
- One or two cloves of garlic, crushed using 1tsp rock salt. Alter to taste.
- The juice of one lime
- 1/2tsp cumin
- A good handful of coriander (cilantro), chopped roughly
Actually making this stuff is child’s play. Take your ripe avocados, cut them vertically in half, around the stone. Carefully use your knife to take out the stone in the middle. Use a soup spoon/desert spoon to scoop out the flesh. If the avocado is ripe enough, this will be easy to do in one go, by getting the spoon in between the flesh and the tough skin.
Put all of the avocado into a shallow bowl, and, using a fork, mash it quite roughly. Squeeze about half of the lime juice over, and mix (it prevents the avocado discolouring).
Now, add your chopped tomato, onion, crushed garlic, cumin and coriander. Mix well, and taste. Add salt or pepper to your taste, and more lime juice if necessary. Garnish with a sprig of coriander, and you’re done! Almost too easy to be a recipe, eh?
Enjoy this? Let me know in the comments.