Sunday, March 21, 2010

Eastern Guacamole (party menu 1 of 4)

One of the menu items for the Stella and Dot show...

This guac was a big hit! I have made it twice in the last couple of weeks and the extra spices really give it a special kick. I love making guacamole because you can experiment with all kinds of ingredients and it's hard to mess up... unless you're adding chocolate chips or something weird like that!



Need:

For guacamole:
3 medium haas avocados (ripe please... makes it so much easier!)
1/2 sweet white onion, diced small
2 medium cloves of garlic (either crushed or diced small)
2 t ground cumin
1 tsp garam masala spice
1/2 tsp hot sesame chili oil
3 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped (fresh is best)
Juice of 2 small limes
Sea salt and ground pepper
4 green onions, cut in half
more cilantro, whole, for decoration

Do:
Dice your 1/2 sweet onion and add to a mixing bowl. Halve your avocados and scoop the goods out into the bowl with your onions. Mash avocados until fairly smooth. I don't like 'pureed' guac; I like a little chunk.

Add garlic, cumin, garam masala, chile oil, chopped cilantro, lime, salt and pepper and continue to mash/mix until fully combined. At this point, taste it... you may need to add salt/pepper as you desire.

Serve:
Transfer into a clean serving bowl. In the center of your guac, add some cilantro sprigs and a few of your green onions. Note: for the green onion, cut it in half and put the end (white part) face up so it sticks out... it makes a nice presentation.

Another note: this picture doesn't have green onion in it; the other guac I made did and it was beautiful! But I was running late as per usual and didn't have time to snap a shot :)



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