Yesterday's trip to WF started like any other, but while reaching up for the guac, I stopped short. A crazy idea popped into my head: why don't I make some guacamole. I haven't made guacamole since middle school Living Arts class (aka Home Ec.) with Mrs. Gruber. If my memory of middle school serves me, making guacamole was a complicated process with a multitude of spices that must be in the perfect ratio in order to actually taste edible. I put my fears aside and whipped out my internet capable mobile phone and looked up a recipe...After all, I've matured a lot since middle school (I think) and I have much more cooking experience under my belt. This is what I came up with...
(Adapted from Whole9 and Martha Stewart)
- 4 avocado
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
- 1 garlic clove
- Juice of two limes
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
I sliced the avocados in half, peeled them and pitted them using a trick I picked up at a Mexican restaurant where they make guacamole in front of you. You pierce the pit with the sharp side of a knife, and then wiggle it back and forth until it comes out. When I first saw our waiter do this I was intrigued, but maybe everyone does it this way...
I mashed all four avocados with a fork and added the lime juice. Four avocados makes a boatload of guacamole FYI.
Then I added the rest of the spices and the cilantro and broke into a new container of Whole Foods Plantain Chips-- another WF item for which I have strong feelings.
The guacamole turned out really well. The recipe was simple (unlike the one I followed in middle school), and it actually tasted like restaurant guacamole! Next time, I think I'll add some tomato and a little bit of red onion to jazz it up a bit. If you're thinking of adding tomato to your guac, make sure you de-seed it first: the slimy tomato seeds can change the color and consistency of the mole.
Anyone else guacamole obsessed?