Thursday, June 3, 2010

When Simple is Better: Guacamole

Oh the goodness that is the avocado. I love the color, the texture, the flavor, all of it really. Plus, I love that at Costco they are 5 for $6. One way we love to use up our avacadoes before they reach the point of no return is to make guacamole. But as those who've been here when I've served guacamole know, the truth is we like our guacamole nice and simple. It's quick, uncomplicated, and it is served still in the avacado shell.

Simple Guacamole:
1 Avocado, cut in half length-wise and remove pit
Take first half of avocado and using spoon edge make slices into the fruit still in the shell
Add lime juice quickly to avoid browning, then add fresh ground pepper (I'm a huge fan of grinding pepper in a mortar and pestil, but a pepper grinder does the job, too) a small amount of fresh ground sea salt, and garlic powder. Stir together all elements still inside of the avocado shell
Smooth the top of the avocado half and repeat for the other half
If you have it on hand, add some fresh or ground cilantro to garnish the top.

Each half provides an individual serving bowl of guacamole, which can be presented on a plate with chips around it. It will taste just as fresh as it looks, plus there is no need to dirty a serving bowl (and I for one am fully in favor of minimizing dirty dishes.)

If you have an easy guacamole recipe you love, please share!

Here's to week night fiesta-worthy guacamole,
Domestic in the District

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