2/29/08

Holy Guacamole!


There are two schools of thought on guacamole in my household. The first is THE MAN's " Don't F with guacamole!" I'm sure you all know what the F means. Then there is the other "add stuff" school of thought. I like both.


Meet my Piggy. Everyone say "Hi Piggy!" It's actually a molcajete. A Mexican mortar and pestle. If you can get one, go now and get one, I'll wait. Don't get one from Williams and Sonoma or Chef's Catalogue. They are over-priced by a lot (50-40 dollars respectively). I got mine at my local mercado for 15 dollars and some amusing conversation about who was Mexican in my family. Actually it was The Man and it went like this:

The Man brings it up to the counter to pay for the piggy and the cashier asks " Is this for your wife?"

"Yes. It's for her birthday."

"She doesn't have one?" The cashier asks.

"No. But she's wanted one for a long time now."

"Why doesn't she have one? Isn't she from Mexico?" The cashier is totally puzzled by now.

"No, she's white. I'm Mexican."

We have a Spanish surname but my husband is blue-eyed with kinda brown, dish water blond, going white hair. I would think by now the cashier probably wants to bang her head against the cash register in total confusion, but she had a great laugh and is in love with my husband. Maybe it's because he's buying his gringa wife a molcajete.

If you don't have a molcajete, it's fine. But if you ever have a chance to get one, go get it, there will be a subtle difference in your guacamole.

In the " Don't F with the Guacamole" school of thought you have to have really good avocados. If you don't have them this recipe is doomed! Doomed, I tell you! My husband is a purist, please don't get him started. He might leave a comment if you don't agree with him.

"Don't F With The Guac!"

3 ripe avocados, cut in half, insides scooped out and into a bowl.
lime
salt

Mash avocado in bowl to your desired texture. I like mine smooth with some little chunks of avocado. Add some lime and salt to your taste.

Here's the deal, if you make it in a molcajete the guacamole picks up the flavors from the chiles and garlic you seasoned the molcajete with. So while my husband thinks it is only three things in his guacamole, it's actually a very complex seasoning method going on. Hence why I said a subtle difference in flavoring. Just don't tell him that.
The other school of thought is add tomatoes and cilantro. Maybe some onions or some chiles. I do this if I don't have the very best avocados on hand.

"Add More Stuff Guacamole"

3 good sized avocados, cut in half, insides scooped out
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1/2 medium white onion, finely chopped
1 medium ripe tomato, finely chopped
1/4 cup of cilantro, finely chopped
lime
salt

Mash the avocados to desired texture. Then add jalapeno, onion, tomato and cilantro. Stir and add salt and lime to your taste.

I figure guacamole is like potato salad. Everyone has their own recipe. These are my recipes.


*Disclosure: I don't make guacamole anymore. Little sous chef Nancy makes the guacamole in our house now. I'm not sure which school of thought she falls into but I think it's her dads. Let's just hope she doesn't say "Don't F with the Guacamole" until she's an adult!

7 comments:

curiousfoodie said...

On top of the great cooks blogroll, you're on my blogroll now. Can't believe I didn't add you earlier, tsk.

Mayberry Magpie said...

I'm definitely a "add more stuff" gal, but I'm grateful to have both recipes. My kids like the "don't f with it" kind. Bliss in two versions!

Mayberry Magpie

AngiePangie said...

I want a molcajete. *stomp pout* I wonder if I can find one online . . . off to look!

Thanks for the recipe. I love guac and can eat the whole batch by myself!

White On Rice Couple said...

Ola Evil Mamma Cita Gringa,
We are purists....
We add stuff....
and more stuff...like soy sauce.
Don't tell your hubby, he might ban you from visiting us again.
BTW- You offered us one of your children, and now we've decided. You oldest one scares us. Although she bakes, we don't want her because she's too smart. We'll take Nancy...she's cute and she makes guacamole!

Krysta said...

*angie pangie...apparently white on rice has a train ticket with my daughter and my molcajete's name written on it. maybe i could have an auction for my daughter and her guacamole skills.

*white on rice...watch out...little nancy is wicked smart, even the oldest admits it.

White On Rice Couple said...

Oh, Ok then. You can keep her. :)

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