Second, I want to remind everyone that I've started my new job today and so spent last night in a minor frenzy of anxiety. GAH.
Third, if it's Wednesday, it must be RECIPE TIME. [I totally made that up.] [But it's still Recipe Time.]
Anyway . . . I was thinking about parties, because we're going to be having a couple for the girl and also my birthday is coming up [AUGUST 13th I LOVE PRESENTS] and I was also thinking about food, because of course, and then I thought about guacamole.
Mmmm . . . guacamole. So tasty. So delightful. So fucking easy to make.
This has become the dish I bring whenever I am invited somewhere. You'd think I'd get sick of making it or people would get sick of eating it, but it is one of those things where I'll be invited to a party and before I can even finish asking, "What can I bring?" I hear, "BRING THE GUACAMOLE."
So I bring the guacamole.
You can make as much or as little of this as you'd like. For just us, I use one or two avocados [Maybe three. Seriously, it's really good]; for parties, I'll use 8 or 9.
And the best thing is? IT IS SO EASY TO MAKE. I mean, sure, people will be happy you've brought it and whatever, but a winning party recipe that takes about 15 minutes at the very outside to create? YOU'RE WELCOME.
|Don't you just love it when you get an avocado that actually looks this good? It's like you don't even want to waste it on a bunch of lamers who wouldn't recognize your goodness if it bit them in the ass. And it might.|
As noted, this recipe is highly adaptable - it can hang out at the poshest soiree or enjoy a hoedown in Hickville. Wait. What the hell? It's highly adaptable because you can make as much or as little as you'd like. I'd err on the side of making a ton. You'll eat it. Anyway, I tell you this because I'm not going to put measurements in the recipe. You'll be fine, trust me.
Avocados, nice and ripe [I usually get them at least 2 days before I'm going to make this recipe. Did I tell you about that time I was going to make this for a party but forgot to actually purchase the avocados beforehand and then went to THREE DIFFERENT STORES a couple of hours before the party trying to find ripe ones? Yeah. That was awesome.]
Tomatoes [I use the tiny little grape ones because I find them the least acidic, but you use whatever you like. I give my permission.]
1. Chop your onion. I'd go about 1/8 - 1/4 of a medium red onion per avocado.
2. Mince your garlic. A clove is plenty. I know that there are people who just smoosh their garlic with the flat side of a large knife, but that is lazy and frankly looks like boogers.
|Foreground: Correctly minced garlic. Background: Diced red onion. To the right: A SUPER SHARP KNIFE. LOOK OUT.|
4. Dice your tomatoes. I sprinkle a little kosher salt on them, because that makes them taste good. I use about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes per avocado. But be advised that I am making that amount up completely. I'm not even sure what those sizes look like. I also may have made up the amount of red onion to be used in the recipe. Just go with it.
5. Get your nice, ripe avocados and cut them in half. Scoop out the delicious greeness with the edge of a spoon and yank out the pit. I know you're supposed to be able to whack the pit with a knife and easily twist it out, but I advise against it for the following reasons: 1. I'm afraid I will get a little carried away with the whacking and end up knifing myself. Or, more probably, the husband, because he can make me a little testy sometimes. 2. It's just as easy to scoop it out with a spoon, or your fingers, plus, if you use your fingers, you get to lick the avocado off them. I do not recommend licking the knife.
6. Dice your avocado.
7. Put your ingredients in a bowl. I am lazy and also am not so thrilled with the mixing bowls I own [isn't that a weird thing to have an opinion about?], so I just use the bowl I'm going to serve the guacamole in. If you're in a hurry, you don't even have to cut up your avocado. Just put it in the bowl and smash it up. Really get your aggression out. It's fine! You may be resentful that you actually have to make something to serve at a party YOU ARE NOT EVEN HAVING or that you have to share something so delicious with people you can only tolerate at best, and this is an amazing way to feel better about it.
|I was feeling quite generous toward the husband and the girl that day, so the guacamole is relatively smooth.|
Eat this with tortilla chips or on grilled chicken or just from the bowl. It's really, really good. Would I lie?
WARNING: Make this once for a party and you will be making this FOREVER any time you have an event.