I thought for the second part of this celebration we could spend some time on the recipe that exposed many of us to this fantastic fruit in the first place; Guacamole! In the early 1990’s Hawii began importing avocados to Canada, what was at first a relatively small demand has blossomed into a steady trade largely because of this crowd pleasing party favourite.
Guacamole is a perfect gateway recipe to introduce people to avocados because in dip form it’s creamy texture is not out of place. For many, the largest complaint about avocados are they’re oddly smooth texture. If you can trick the brain into getting past the “baby food” correlation that some people have they can begin to appreciate the avocado for it’s many other fine qualities. Once they’ve fallen in love with the bright grassy flavour and the clean fatty finish, you can start coaxing them towards more adventurous preparations.
Because avocado is a relatively blank canvas, don’t be scared to get creative with your guacamole. Peppers, figs, sun dried tomatoes, onion and even blue cheese are welcome ingredients. Here’s my family’s favorite, hopefully it will win you a few converts as well!
makes about 4 cups
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sour cream
2 ripe avocados
A piece of soft blue cheese, about the size of the end of your pinky finger
2 cherry tomatoes
Salt to taste
Put the garlic, lemon and sour cream, into a food processor, give it a few pulses to chop the garlic. Add the avocados and blue cheese*, blend until smooth. Add the cherry tomatoes and salt, pulse just a few more times, leaving small pieces of tomato intact. Taste, adjust seasoning and serve. If you’re not serving right away, transfer into a bowl, spreading the top of the guacamole smooth, sprinkle with a bit more lemon and cover with a piece of saran wrap placed right against the surface of the guacamole.
*The blue cheese is a must! Even though it’s just a bit, it adds a great after taste that people can’t put they’re finger on.
A few gadgets to help with this….
Norpro’s Avocado Masher:
Basically a mini potato masher, perfect for getting in the corners of your little mixing bowl.
Q Squared’s chip and dip bowl:
What’s a good dip without a great presentation!