avocado monster

19 Jul

I’m an avocado monster. This is what California has done to me. Here, avocados are like cheese. You put them in any food that requires assembly — burgers, salads, sushi, omelets, egg rolls… anything goes!

I still enjoy avocados most in their purest form, halved with a bit of soy sauce and a spoon. That’s how we grew up eating them in Hawaii. My grandma would walk down the block every day to check if any of the neighbor’s delicate “pears” had fallen to the ground street-side (i.e. “up for grabs”).

These days, I hit up my local farmer’s market for the super ripe hass avocados — perfect for guacamole making. I’ve been making guacamole for years now with on-par results, but it wasn’t until a couple years ago that I was introduced to the ultimate recipe.

I get compliments every time I make this for a party, and everyone always asks for the recipe. There aren’t any special spices, just well-measured ingredients and traditional grinding (preferably in a molcajete).  I have my foodie friend Christina to thank for introducing me to this guacamole of perfect proportions.

the very best guacamole
adapted from Rosa’s New Mexican Table via Saveur magazine

* 2 tbsp. finely chopped white onion
* 3 firmly packed tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
* 2 tsp. finely chopped jalapeño
* 1 tsp. salt
* 3 medium-ripe hass avocados
* 3 tbsp. diced tomato
* 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice (or more to taste)

Grind 1 tbsp. of the onions, 1 tbsp. of  the cilantro, jalapeño, and salt together in a molcajete until all the ingredients are well ground. (Alternatively, use a fork to mash the ingredients to a paste in a wide bowl.)

Cut avocados (about 8 ounces each) in half. Twist the halves to separate them and remove the pit with the tip of the knife. Place an avocado half, cut side up, in your palm and make 3 or 4 evenly spaced lengthwise cuts through its flesh down to the skin, without cutting through the skin. Make 4 crosswise cuts in the same fashion.

Scoop the diced avocado flesh into the molcajete. Repeat with remaining avocado halves. Gently fold the avocado into the chile–onion paste, keeping the avocado pieces fairly intact.

Add lime juice, tomatoes, remaining 2 tbsp. of the cilantro, and remaining 1 tbsp. of the onions.

Fold together all the ingredients. Taste and add salt, if necessary. Sometimes I add a dash of soy sauce instead of salt for extra umami!

Serve immediately, directly from the molcajete (or bowl), with tortilla chips.

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