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Easy Authentic Guacamole

My wife and mother-in-law love guacamole so much that they asked me to make it for them years ago.  Since then, it has become a staple at many parties my family has hosted.  What follows is my take on Mark Bittman’s recipe, which can be found in his great cookbook, How to Cook Everything.  I call it Easy Authentic Guacamole, because it truly just includes the essential ingredients to make a great guacamole.  Once you start eating it, you won’t be able to stop!  

Ingredients

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4 Hass Avocados*

2 large jalapeno peppers (or three small ones), diced

2 shallots, diced

4 tablespoons lime juice (you will need 2-3 limes, depending on how juicy they are)

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt

*When buying avocados, pick the stem off the end.  If it comes off easily and the color underneath is yellow, the avocado is ripe.  (This is the kind of avocado you want.)  If the color underneath is brown, it is overripe.  If the stem does not come off easily, it is under ripe.

Instructions 

Cut the avocado in half.

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Remove the pit.  (Do this by hitting the pit with your knife and twisting the pit out.)

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The safest way to remove the pit from your knife is to reach from the top of the blade and push the pit off the knife.  This way, your fingers should never come into contact with the knife blade.  Using the knife, cut the flesh of the avocado in a crosshatch pattern without piercing the skin.  Scoop out the avocado with a spoon into a medium-sized bowl.

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Dice the jalapenos and add them to the bowl with the avocados.

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Dice the shallots and add to bowl.

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Add lime juice, salt, and pepper to bowl.

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Using a potato masher (or a fork), mash the guacamole.  (You want to have chunks of avocado in the guacamole.) Use a spoon or rubber spatula to mix the ingredients together better if needed.

Easy Authentic Guacamole

Serve with chips or fresh veggies, like carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower. My favorite tortilla chips are El Ranchero, but they may only be available in the Chicago area.

Easy Authentic Guacamole
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My wife and mother-in-law love guacamole so much that they asked me to make it for them years ago. Since then, it has become a staple at many parties my family has hosted. What follows is my take on Mark Bittman's recipe, which can be found in his great cookbook, How to Cook Everything. I call it Easy Authentic Guacamole because it truly just includes the essential ingredients to make a great guacamole. Once you start eating it, you won't be able to stop!
Ingredients
  • 4 Hass Avocados*
  • 2 large jalapeno peppers (or three small ones), diced
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice (you will need 2-3 limes, depending on how juicy they are)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Cut the avocado in half.
  2. Remove the pit. (Do this by hitting the pit with your knife and twisting the pit out.)
  3. The safest way to remove the pit from your knife is to reach from the top of the blade and push the pit off the knife. This way, your fingers should never come into contact with the knife blade. Using the knife, cut the flesh of the avocado in a crosshatch pattern without piercing the skin. Scoop out the avocado with a spoon into a medium-sized bowl.
  4. Dice the jalapenos and add them to the bowl with the avocados.
  5. Dice the shallots and add to bowl.
  6. Add lime juice, salt, and pepper to bowl.
  7. Using a potato masher (or a fork), mash the guacamole. (You want to have chunks of avocado in the guacamole.) Use a spoon or rubber spatula to mix the ingredients together better if needed.
  8. Serve with chips or fresh veggies, like carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower. My favorite tortilla chips are El Ranchero, but they may only be available in the Chicago area.
 

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