Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The total deliciousness that is authentic guacamole

A couple of weeks ago (okay, it was more like a month. Oops...), I made my (in)famous guacamole. And I told you all that I was going to write a post about it. So here you have it: REAL guacamole, of the type they make in Mexico. Which features absolutely no sour cream or mayonnaise, which have no place in guacamole...

Start with 3 chillies. If you're like me and really really REALLY hate chopping chillies (cos I'm an idiot and always rub my eyes without thinking), make sure you have to make the guacamole from start to finish in about 10 minutes, and persuade your dad to chop it for you. Didn't he do a good job?:

Then take four tomatoes, cut crosses in the bases of them, and stick them in a bowl:

Then cover the little suckers in boiling water:

Leave the tomatoes where they are for a couple of minutes. Grab yourself four ripe avocados:
Slice them in half:

And take out the pits. This was particularly exciting for me, because I've NEVER been able to get the pits out of avocados. I'd hit the pit with the knife, pull, and the knife would come out while the pit stayed put. Rinse and repeat several times, and I'd give up and scoop the flesh out with a spoon... So anyway, this was exciting:
Then pull the tomatoes out of the boiling water (with tongs, obviously), and dump them into a sink of cold water:


While the tomatoes are doing their thing, scoop out the flesh of the avocados and dump it in the food processor. You can do it by hand with a fork if you want, but it takes foreeeeeever:

About 20 seconds in the food processor and you have this:

Then it's back to the tomatoes. Peel the skins off them:

Then chop them in half, scoop out their guts with a spoon, and dice the shells:

Then add the avocado puree:

Add the juice of one lime - you can get more juice out of it if you stick it in the microwave for 10 seconds first:

Then add the chillies and a third of a cup of chopped coriander. Unless you're me and forgot to put coriander on the shopping list and have to use the icky stuff in the squeeze tube:

Then crush two cloves of garlic and add them to the mix:

Along with half a diced onion. I got a wee bit carried away, and it was probably a bit too oniony. You could probably use a red onion if you wanted to. Or dice it reeeeeeeeeeally finely. Unlike me. Hey, I was in a rush, dammit!:
Then mix it all together, and get Paulie (or some other sucker who happens to be nearby - hi Paulie!) to do a taste test to make sure it's not poisonous:

On the advice of your taste testers, some salt, mix it through and dump it all in a bowl:

Then serve the whole lot with corn chips and eat waaaaaaaay more than is good for you - enjoy!!!
K xx :)
PS. This quantity fed a party of about 20 people, 6 people the following day, and Mum for two lunches. Feel free to halve the quantity if you're not serving a cast of thousands!

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