Friday, May 7, 2010


I adore avocados, and absolutely love this recipe for Guacamole.  It comes from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and it so easy you almost don't even need a recipe.  Ina says to use a sharp knife to slice through the avocados in the bowl until they are finely diced.  I prefer to use a fork to mash it up, leaving some chunks of avocado.  Better for dipping, I think.  Serve with your favorite Mexican dish, or in some delicious Pork Tacos.  Enjoy!

from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten


4 ripe Haas avocados
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
8 dashes Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup small-diced red onion
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 medium tomato, seeded and small-diced


Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits and scoop the flesh out of the shells into a large bowl.  Immediately add the lemon juice, Tabasco, onion, garlic, salt and pepper.  Toss well and mash with a fork to desired consistency.  Add the diced tomatoes and mix, taste for seasonings.  To store, cover with a piece of plastic wrap pressed lightly on top of the dip, to prevent air from reaching the avocados. 

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