How to prepare perfect guacamole: recipe

By Jurassic JennJun 13, 2024 11:37 AMRecipes
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Guacamole has gained immense popularity, with over 2 billion pounds of avocados consumed annually in the U.S. alone. It has become America's favorite dip, and it's easy to see why. SSP prepared the best recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons minced red onion or thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 to 2 serrano (or jalapeño) chilis, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, chopped (optional)
  • Red radish or jicama slices for garnish (optional)
  • Tortilla chips, to serve

Here's how to prepare it:

1.  Slice the avocados in half and remove the pits. Use a blunt knife to score the inside of each avocado half, then scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Transfer the scooped avocado to a bowl.

2. Take a fork and gently mash the avocado, ensuring it retains some texture and does not become overly smooth. A slightly chunky consistency is desirable.

3. Sprinkle the mashed avocado with salt and lime (or lemon) juice. The acidity of the lime juice balances the richness of the avocado and helps prevent it from browning quickly. Incorporate minced red onion or thinly sliced green onion, cilantro, black pepper, and minced chili peppers (start with half and adjust to your preferred level of heat). Remember, these measurements serve as a baseline, but feel free to adjust them based on your taste preferences.

4. Ideally, serve the guacamole immediately for optimal flavor and freshness. If making in advance, cover the surface of the guacamole tightly with plastic wrap, ensuring no air can reach it (which causes oxidation and browning).

Enjoy your homemade guacamole with crispy tortilla chips. It's a crowd-pleasing appetizer that adds a flavorful touch to any gathering.

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