Lifting the Avocado Gag Rule


Now what I’m about to say may piss some people off. Or some people may think I’ve gone insane.

My love of avocados has guided me to dislike guacamole.

I know. Let me explain.

Because I am so enamored with the taste of avocado, I find all of the other flavors distracting. The heat of the chili, the tang of the raw onion, the sour of the citrus – it overpowers the nuances of the fruit. My favorite way to eat avocado in dip form is to roughly mash it and then mix in feta, salt and pepper.

But then I go to a party and La Morgan brings something like this. And then I remember how much I love avocado in any form imaginable. Forgive me for trying to divorce avocados from future possibilities.

Recipe post jump.

Garlicky Guac (by La Morgan)

4-5 ripe avocados
1/2 cup of shallots, minced
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, de-stemmed
6 (or more) cloves garlic
1or 2 jalapeno chilis, de-seeded
3/4 cup chopped tomatillo

All to taste:
Dried chili powder (or cayenne pepper)
Salt (I like using big crunchy sea salt, like Alesso, to add to the texture)
Black pepper

1 shot of tequila or mezcal

In cuisinart (or chop really really fine): Add lime zest, garlic cloves, cilantro, and seeded jalapenos to blender. Add lime juice of 1/2 lime. Blend into a paste. Can be refrigerated overnight.

Scoop out avocados and mash well, with lime juice from 1 1/2 limes. Add shot of tequila/mezcal if using. Add minced shallot, garlic/cilantro paste and tomatillos. Add salt, pepper, and chili to taste.
Garnish with lime wedges & whole leaves of cilantro.

Next time:
I might try using jicama instead of tomatillo, and I might garnish with roasted pine nuts.

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  • KMango February 10, 2009  

    Oooh my. With the green/green color scheme (cilantro, tomatillo, avocado), I can see one reason why this will be visually appealing for an all-avocado fan. Thanks for the recipe and the forthcoming flavor, good find.

  • BS February 10, 2009  

    It makes my heart warm every time you mention pine nuts

  • Maids February 10, 2009  

    Ah gans, you are so complicated! First you say you only like unadulterated avocado, then you talk about how your favorite way to eat avocado is mashed with feta. LaMorgan’s guac was not only tasty, it was so beautifully presented. I’m sad we didn’t get pics!
    BTW, I’m still anti pine nut.

  • Lisa (dinner party) February 10, 2009  

    Yum. I love avocados in all forms, guac, in ceviche or tacos, or just sliced with a drizzle of olive oil and salt. I’ll have to try your feta idea next.

  • Meg February 10, 2009  

    That sounds awesome. Why did I never think to add tequila before?

  • La Morgan February 10, 2009  

    Tequila makes everything better.

    Except, sometimes, the following morning.

  • emma d. February 13, 2009  

    I love pine nuts. I love avocados. But I just don’t see them together.

    Also, how long do you find pine nuts last before they go rancid?

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