Guacamole {Cinco de Mayo Menu}

Asado - December 25, 1986

Childhood spit-roast on Christmas Day 1986 in Colombia – Served with a large side of guacamole

Guacamole

Homemade guacamole – great as a dip, filling or side

In readiness for your Cinco de Mayo festivities, this week I’m bringing you my favorite Mexican dishes. Make enough so you can enjoy leftovers afterwards!

Everybody needs to have a an amazing guacamole recipe. Make it by hand. You don’t want it looking like one of those processed packets you get from the supermarket. To keep it fresh (you can make a day ahead), I add lime juice to the avocado mix and cover with plastic wrap ensuring there are no air pockets. Should your guacamole brown a little, gently scrape off the outer layer. The rest of the guacamole will be as fresh and tasty as when you made it! Remember to keep it refrigerated!

This recipe has been used by my family for generations! Every Christmas Day on the farm in Colombia where I grew up as a child, at around 4 a.m. we’d set up a fire in the middle of a field. By lunch time, sides of aged beef, lamb and chicken were roasted and ready to be enjoyed. A huge bowl of guacamole was made up to be served as a side dish along with salted baked potatoes. We never had it as a dip the way we do nowadays. It was served as a side vegetable. In Colombia, Christmas is celebrated on the night of the 24th of December. The 25th, is a time to get together with family and friends, to eat and drink and to celebrate!

HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE

  • Difficulty: Very easy
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Ingredients:
4 ripe avocados
⅓ cup of chopped cilantro (about ½ a bunch)
2 salad/spring onions finely diced
2 birds-eye chilis or ½ thai chili
2 garlic cloves
½ tsp of salt
Juice of 1 small lime or ½ large lime
1 tomato, de-seeded and diced

Instructions:
In a pestle and mortar, mash the garlic, chili, salt and lime juice into a fine watery paste and keep to one side.
In a large bowl place the diced onions and avocado flesh.
Mash everything together with a fork.
Add the cilantro, chili/garlic paste and the diced tomatoes.
Fold everything together and serve.

Notes:
Guacamole is a flexible dish! Add more of this, less of that … But fresh

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