We went to a friend’s house to watch the Superbowl yesterday. We were rooting for the Giants because S (my bf) was raised on the east coast and his dad is a huge fan. Now, I’ll admit, I kind of knew what I was getting myself into. I knew there would probably be 8-12 guys and hopefully at least one other girl… maybe (and there was for… oh… 2 hours out of 6). BUT, I have this outdated mindset that when boys get together they throw together a pile of chips and call it a day. I told myself I’d rescue them with some tasty appetizers. Sadly, I imagined the whole scenario ahead of time and actually spent time fantasizing about riding in on my white horse with appetizers in hand. I don’t even know why I’m even admitting this in a public forum.
I. Was. Wrong.
I could barely find space on the counter for my 3 items. And much to my chagrin, someone else had brought guacamole!!! I mean, not that it’s completely ridiculous to think someone else might bring guacamole to a football party. However, I had hemmed and hawed at the grocery store trying to think of a quick and easy, last minute third thing to bring. And I literally rounded the store 3 times picking things up and putting them back as I changed my mind. I finally threw in some avocados, jalapenos, a tomato and a lime because I knew I had the other ingredients at home (other 2 apps were buffalo chicken dip and mini gyro bites. recipes coming soon and they were delicious).
But seriously, to turn your attention back to the “other guac”. I looked at it a minute wondering if it was guac (because it had a brownish and decidedly soupy consistency)… and it was. The guy made it with 14 avocados. FOURTEEN AVOCADOS. Hello. 1. Avocados are d@mn expensive if you’re buying them by the teens, and 2. Haven’t you heard of a little lime juice? I thought it was excess at it’s not so finest.
And yes, I had a gleeful and not wholly appropriate sense of satisfaction when more people ate my guac than his.
2-4 Avocados (depending on size. I like 2 if they’re very big, 3 if medium, or 4 if very small)
1 medium onion
1-2 limes juiced, to taste
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper
I think guacamole is delicious chunky. I would make sure to get the lime juice in as soon as you cut up the avocados and your guac will stay nice and green. I find mashing the avocados with a fork separately is a totally worthwhile step, but i would imagine you could also use a food processor to blend everything together too.
Cut the avocado length-wise in a circle and twist apart. Then hit the knife into the pit and pull it out. I usually hit it at least 4 times and end up kind of prying it out. I assume everyone else also makes it sound much easier than it actually is.
Chop the tomato, onion and jalapeno and add to a mixing bowl
Some people think cilantro tastes soapy and is a forbidden ingredient. Easy enough, leave it out! Or use less. You don’t have to be a slave to the recipe.
Stir/mix/mash. Do what you gotta do people. Make it how you like it. Add the ingredients you have not added yet. All I ask is that you don’t use 14 avocados and neglect to add lime juice. Is that too much?