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Guacamole

Posted: February 25, 2013 by incidentalcooksuman in Snack
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Guacamole

I remember having guacamole for the first time in some restaurant and to be honest I didn’t like it much. It was recent that I started making guacamole for hubby’s evening snack and fell in love with this dip. That doesn’t mean I love avocados.  I just like avocados in guacamole and that too made my way with lots of fresh grated garlic and lime juice.

There are lots of different ways to make guacamole. I make my guacamole with, ‘ The secret ingredient’ , yep you guessed it,  garlic. In my opinion, its one of the simple and delicious recipe – although you can feel free to experiment with other ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Thai green chilli, seeded, ribbed, and finely minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated

 Method:

  • Split the avocados and scoop the flesh into a medium bowl. Mash with a fork or back of spoon lightly. Leave some chunks of avocados here and there.
  • Stir in the onion, cilantro,  chopped chillies, lime juice, salt, and gently stir all together.  Adjust seasoning to your taste.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with finely chopped red onions.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Guacamole

My Notes:

I usually prepare guacamole and store in fridge prior to serving. Don’t toss out the avocado pits, instead toss them back into the finished guacamole and hide in center. They will help to keep your guacamole from turning brown.

Use ripen avocado for guacamole. Place the avocado in the palm of your hand. Gently squeeze without applying your fingertips as this can cause bruising. If the avocado yields to firm gentle pressure you know it’s ripe and ready-to-eat. If the avocado does not yield to gentle pressure it is considered still “firm” and will be ripe in a couple of days. If the avocado feels mushy or very soft to the touch it may be very ripe to overripe. For speeding ripening process, place the fruit in brown paper bag in a cool, dark place.

How to get fruit/pulp out of Avocado skin?

Take a sharp knife and cut all the way around the avocado (the long way).  Gently twist it and it will come apart into two pieces. On the half part (without a pit) – use a spoon to scoop out the avocado flesh. Use a sharp knife to tap into the pit lightly, twist it and it will come right out of the avocado. Then you can scoop out the flesh from the other half.

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

I love muffins. They are so easy to make and perfect for breakfast or snacking in between. Its been a while since I made muffins at home. Every week during our grocery shopping, I was getting some Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins from Wegmans. Finally yesterday I thought to bake some at home. I am glad i did because these muffins are light, flavorful and delicious. And the best part of these muffins is that they are not too sweet, the way I wanted. I love these muffins with a cup of tea.

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and place liners in a muffin pan.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Then add the chocolate chips to the flour mixture.
  • In another mixing bowl, blend the bananas on low speed  for 3-5 minutes until well mashed.
  • Add the oil, milk, eggs, and vanilla and mix again on low speed for 1 minute until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and combine until just blended. Don’t over mix the batter.
  • Divide batter equally among muffin cups, filling about 3/4 full.
  • Bake muffins 20-25 minutes, until tops are starting to brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove pan from oven and let cool on a rack for 5-20 minutes then remove muffins to a rack to cool to room temperature.
Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins