Monday, June 16, 2008

Holy, Moley Guacamole!

Think one of your friends needs help spicing up their dinner parties? Well here is a perfect gift that can influence them to kick it to the next level!

Guacamole is one dip that varies with each ingredient that you add. Presenting your host with a great recipe and friendly hints on picking the perfect avocado is great for helping them tackle one of the most widely enjoyed summer dips.

Crate and Barrel is selling beautiful and affordable mortar and pestle sets that help create the perfect mixture of ingredients. Once you have your tools, the best guacamole depends upon the ripeness of the avocados. Ripe avocados yield slightly to a gentle squeeze but are still somewhat firm. If you buy a firm avocado, placing it in a paper bag with an apple in room temperature will speed the ripening process.

Mix up your summer parties by gifting the perfect guacamole! Here is a great recipe for your own summer dip:

Great Guacamole Recipe:

2 ripe avocados
½ red onion, minced (about ½ cup)
1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
2 T. cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1 T. of fresh lime or lemon juice
½ tsp. coarse salt
A dash of freshly grated black pepper
Garnish with red radishes or jicama

1. Cut avocadoes in half and remove the seed. Scoop the avocado from peel and place in mixing bowl.
2. Mash with fork. Add chopped onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt and pepper and mash together. Start with adding half of one chili pepper and continue adding according to taste. Take care when handling the peppers!
3. Cover mix with plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent oxidation from the air. Refrigerate until ready.

If you have a recipe that is a personal favorite, please leave me a comment!

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