Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Green Guac



A couple of weeks ago when my Granny died, one of our precious family friends asked if she could come by. When she came in she had a box from a local kitchen store and some fresh blueberries "for me to snack on while I studied." In the box was Rachel Ray's latest cookbook, 2, 4, 6, 8 Great Meals for Couples or Crowds. On the way to TN with my brother, I went through the book and "dog-earred" quite a few recipes. While I was home I tried a couple of them. ONe was the Garlicky Guacamole and Chips. We had chicken fajitas one night and I made this. It was really good. Just a tad lemony, but that may have been because I used RealLemon, which said the juice of one lemon (called for in recipe) was 3 Tablespoons. I don't think that was right! I'll definitely try this again as my entire family liked it, even Philip! Because avacados are so healthful, this is my entry to Sweetnick's ARF Tuesday.

Garlicky Guacamole
Rachel Ray 2, 4, 6, 8 Meals for Couples and Crowds

1 ripe Haas avacado
1 small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 small onion, finely chopped (our onions were rotten!, so I didn't use this)
1 garlic clove, cracked
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Juice of 1 lemon

Halve the avacado and discard the pit (easier than I thought it would be!). Scoop the flesh into a small bowl and add the jalapenos and onions. Chop the garlic and sprinkle it with salt. Use the side of your knife to apply pressure to the garlic and salt, mashing them into a paste. Add this to the bowl, along with the lemon juice. Mash with a fork until the mixture is fairly smooth. Scoop into a serving dish and serve with chips, for fajitas, or some veggies.

18 comments:

Cate said...

Love, love, love fresh guacamole - this one sounds delicious!

Red Dirt Mummy said...

Mmmmm... I love fresh guacamole.

Erika said...

I love guacamole! I don't make it very often because I can't stop eating it. It's funny because I used to hate the stuff, I'm just glad that avocados are so good for you!

Kristen said...

It must be a guacamole kind of week. I made guac this week too. Yours looks so good!

Abby said...

I absolutely love guacamole - and avocados (on turkey sandwiches! yum!)

And I still can't believe you don't care for sweet tea! That's kind of awesome in its oneness, though.

Madeline said...

I was definitely eyeing that recipe when I flipped through that cookbook, too! It's similar to the one I usually throw together, except I use lime instead of lemon and tabasco instead of the jalapeno. I also add a little bit of diced tomato for color and cilantro if I'm in the mood. It's the only recipe I know by heart!

Claire's Daddy said...

The jalapeno added a nice little flavor that you don't usually get in the guac. at stateside Mexican restaurants.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Oh my word, I love guacamole! And I bet that cookbook is fun, how sweet :)

We're going to have steak fajitas tomorrow night and guacamole with chips. I can't wait, yum-o! Mine won't look nearly as pretty as yours though, love how you scooped it back in an avocado half. Mine is served in the mixing bowl, hehehe!

gail said...

I LOVE guacamole! But almost never make it, guess I should give it a go....your recipe looks pretty easy. And the dinner looks great.

Tanya said...

Sounds delicious.
Tzatziki recipe's up :)

Claire said...

Cate - I've never made fresh guacamole before and this one was really good and EASY!

RDM - yes!

Erika - I understand...but hey, serve it with veggies and you get your vegetables and good fat. Funny thing, I like guacamole but don't really like plain avocados.

Kristen - Must be...fun stuff.

Abby - I've heard of turkey and avocado sandwiches but I don't like plain avocado. As to the tea, I've tried and tried but just can't do it!

Madeline - Yum...lime! My dad would really like that. I can't wait to try out more recipes from that book. There were some really good looking ones.

Daddy - yeah, I just forgot to specifically talk about that, but you're right, the jalapenos definitely added to it.

Stacy - You should try making this. It was SUPER easy. I thought of putting the dip in the avocado as I was scooping it out. How easy and cute was that?

Gail - I had never made it either. It was super easy and, I think, better than the store bought stuff.

Tanya - Yum is right...now for that tzatziki!

Peabody said...

What a neat idea to put it back into the avocado skin.

jeena said...

I love guacamole, great recipes :)

visit jeena's kitchen healthy recipe blog

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Granny. :( It was nice of your friend to bring over such a great collection of gifts and the "green guac" you made looks delicious. I want to grab a chip and scoop up a huge dollop!

*hugs*
Ari (Baking and Books)

Helene said...

I love avocados...I love guacamole. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
I just made a sweet avocado cream and as surprised how ell sugar and avocados go together.

Claire said...

Peabody - As I was taking it OUT of the skin, I thought "Hey, I should use this as a serving dish." Fun!

Jeena - Thanks for stopping by. I'll check you out.

Ari- Thanks. She was a great Granny and will be missed. The gift was totally unexpected but definitely gave me something to look forward to!

Helene - I don't know if I'm strange or not...I like guacamole but don't really like avacados alone. Maybe a texture thing. What did you use the sweet cream for? Sounds interesting.

Kate said...

You have some awesome posts up lately Claire....those cupcakes looked yummy!

I love guacamole too, both my hubby and I do, and whenever I make it, we often fight over it. Silly huh? I love using fresh lime juice and zest in mine. The tang is terrific!

nykittyny said...

Are you using the avocado shell to serve the guac and cheese? That's so clever! I can't wait to do that!