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Tip of the Day: Ahhh Avocados

In Tips on April 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm

You’re having eight over for a Mexican themed evening and you’re getting ready to make Guacamole when you realize the avocados are still rock hard. Forget running out to the store and hunting for softer ones, there’s a quick fix.

Pierce the avocado several times with a sharp knife.  Put in the microwave on 50% power for 20 seconds then turn the avocado and nuke for another 20 seconds.  Let rest at room temp for 45 minutes to an hour.  At this point you should be able to cut into it without a problem. You’ve not only saved your guacamole but time and money!

Happy Partying!


Gimme More Guacamole

In Recipes on January 7, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Yield: makes about 3 cups

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

This is a killer recipe! The lime zest really gives the guac a citrus kick.  For a healthier twist, try serving with jicama sticks or pita crisps instead of tortilla chips.  Disregard any old wives tales about keeping the pit in the dip to keep the avocados from oxidizing.  The only way to keep them green is by storing in an air tight container with saran wrap directly on top of  guacamole.

2-3 ripe avocados, halved, peeled, pit removed

1/2 cup red onion, minced

1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeds and stem removed, minced

1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, finely chopped

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon lime zest

kosher salt and pepper

1/3 cup tomato, seeds and meat removed, small dice


Cut avocados in half.  Remove pit and skin.

In a medium mixing bowl mash avocados with a fork.

Add red onion, cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, salt and pepper.  Mix until well combined.  Slowly add in jalapeno and taste along the way.  Each pepper can very in heat.

Put saran wrap directly on top of the guacamole and store in an air tight container until ready to serve.

Right before serving mix in the tomatoes and adjust seasoning as necessary.

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