(This is a reprint from a previous blog)
How to Eat an Avocado
I love avocados. I grew up having tastes of them since my dad loved avocados too, but they were certainly not as available to us when I was growing up as they are now, so they were considered a specialty food, almost exotic… and Dad got the bulk. He would eat slices with a little mayonnaise, salt and pepper and I adopted this way of eating avocados. It’s good — if you like mayonnaise. Which I do, much more then than now.
I also like avocados sliced in an omelet, just at the end so they heat slightly. I knew a woman who made egg-and-avocado salad for sandwiches. It seems to me that the textures and even the flavors are so close as to be redundant. If that makes sense.
The first time I had guacamole I was hooked. I don’t know where or when that was, but I’ve loved it ever since. My method of making guacamole is simple:
1. Mash a couple of large avocados into rough chunks –I like texture to my guac but it can be mashed as smooth as preferred
2. Add one small clove of garlic, crushed and chopped a little
3. Mince a tiny bit of sweet onion, maybe a teaspoon to two avocados
4. A squeeze of fresh lime juice.
5. Finish with a pinch of salt, and black pepper.
Serve with salty crispy corn tortilla chips.
I read an article that I cannot find now from bonappetit.com that says we here in the US use too much lime juice in our guacamole. A little lime juice is good for cutting through the richness and helps keep the guacamole from turning brown while leaving the creamy dreamy flavor and texture intact. Unless you let it sit too long. Lime tends to soften stuff after awhile.
A chef I work with told me that her Mexican friend chef said lemon juice over the top of the guacamole will keep it from turning brown. Just stir it in when ready to serve. I can attest to the non-browning quality, and the lemon gives it a brightness. Not too tart.
Sometimes I add several squirts of Tabasco or other hot chili sauce. Usually I like to leave that on the side for others to add at will.
My mother-in-law shared with me a surprisingly tasty way in which to eat avocados. She mashed a little piece, spread it on a saltine, and sprinkled a little ground black pepper over it.
You wouldn’t believe how good that simple little snack is!
But the very best way in which to eat avocados is to cut one in half, sprinkle liberally with salt and black pepper, and scoop out spoonfuls as if eating a melon.
That’s the way to eat an avocado.