Thursday, September 15, 2011

Avocados Makes a Great Dip

By Diane Forrest,

Today is National Guacamole Day.  Guacamole is made from Avacados.  Avocados area a fruit produced from a tree, and is found in Central Mexico.  The fruit is not sweet, but fatty, and distinctly yet subtly flavored, and of smooth, almost creamy texture. It is used in both savory and sweet dishes.  It has a high fat content, but contain "good fats" that reduce cholesterol, can help fight cancer, and can be used as a substitute for butter or shortening in baking.

 Originally reserved only for the wealthy and kings, guacamole was invented by the Aztecs as a nutritious snack.  Today, Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July, Super Bowl Sunday and Easter each account for approx. five percent of annual avocado sales.

So, if you are feeling adventurous, you can try your hand at making your own Guacamole, the recipe below is from Alton Brown, the Good Eats star.  This recipe has a 5 star rating.  However, if you don't have the time or energy to make your own, head own down to your local Mexican restaruant and grab some dip and chips, and relax with friends and family.

Guacamole Dip
  • 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. Using a potato masher add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash. Then, fold in the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve.

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