Guacamole

I love Guacamole – and I have been making it for years – but until last year I was making it the wrong way.  Last year for a team morale event, we went and took a cooking class taught by a local chef.  We chose a mexican theme – and made tamales.  As an added bonus – she showed us how to make some pretty spectacular fresh salsa and guacamole.  When she pulled out the food processor to make the guacamole, I thought there was something wrong.  I had never heard of making guacamole in a food processor.  For some reason, I thought that grinding avocado up would result in somewhat of an avocado disaster.  Boy was I wrong.  It made the creamiest, most delicious guacamole I had ever tasted.

When I am lazy, and I don’t feel like washing a lot of dishes, I still smash the avocados the old-fashioned way…but when I have some fresh cilantro, and I am looking to really make something special,  I use the food processor – and I always vow to never go back again.  The recipe below is the very mild version that I make.  If I am making it for adults only, I add a jalapeno pepper.  If you are looking for some serious heat – add a serrano pepper.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 ripe avocados
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper, seeds removed (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • salt and pepper

Preparation

While the food process is on, drop the garlic into the feeding tube and wait until the garlic is finely minced.  If you are looking for some heat, add the chile pepper.  Add the avocado, cilantro and fresh lime juice.  Mix with the food processor until nice and creamy.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

For a printer-friendly version of this recipe, please click here:  Guacamole

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