Comfort Food 9: Real guacamole!

5 12 2006

Seth Godin ranted about Kraft Gaucamole on his blog yesterday, specifically about the list of ingredients that has real avocado comprising less than 2% of the whole, and even less than the salt content! I couldn’t agree more – in fact, it is probably easier to MAKE guacamole than to buy it in a jar… and a helluva lot healthier, to boot.
Here’s my simple top-of-the head recipe for a great guacamole:

  • 1 or 2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1 finely chopped red chilli (leave it out if you’re not into chilli, or use less; if you’re feeling lazy, use the crushed chilli in a jar but make sure it’s got very little else in it)
  • 1 pot of sour cream or Greek-style yoghurt – plain, no fruit!

Mash the avocados in a bowl with the yoghurt or sour cream. Add fresh chilli to taste. Mix light or hard to get the consistency you want. Serve immediately. (If serving later, add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice over the top to stop the avocado discolouring.)

That’s it! Super easy!!

Of course, if you want to get a bit more exotic, you can add finely chopped red capsicum (red peppers for the North Americans), coriander (cilantro for the North Americans), perhaps a small amount of finely chopped tomato, maybe even some very finely diced red onion, lemon or lime juice, cracked black pepper, even cumin powder.

It’s really up to you as to what you put in, but there’s NO EXCUSE for buying guacamole in a jar full of unknown chemicals, flavourings, gums, and preservatives. The excuse of “avocados aren’t in season right now” doesn’t wash – if a fresh ingredient is not available, MAKE SOMETHING ELSE that uses whatever fresh produce IS in season.


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