The simple martini in the world of guacamole. It’s not quite straight up, not mashed, just 2 diced avocados folded gently with the juice of 1/2 a lime, a pinch of chopped cilantro and a little salt – that’s “Dry with a twist.” This is the fresh puritan sister of the rich and luscious Dirty version.
The avocado has so much potential. We’ve all had that killer bowl of guacamole somewhere in our lives, and once you’ve had a great one, the memory of it will linger. You will assume the next time you encounter a mashed avocado it will be equally as delicious as the last. However, I can’t count how many times I’ve waited patiently for a meal in a restaurant, anticipating a rich flavorful guacamole, but ended up feeling let down and disappointed. Instead of a “dirty” guacamole, I ended up with avocado “neat.”
We all like our guacamole a little different, so why don’t we give names to the different varieties like we do martinis?
Like martinis, there are three ways I like my guacamole: Dry with a twist, Dirty, and Stirred. Guacamole can be simply made with mashed avocado, lime juice and salt – that’s “Dry with a twist.” Mix it with lots of savory ingredients, including garlic, in order to enrich and layer the flavors, that’s “Dirty,” or the avocado can be left chunky with bits of jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, limejuice and salt. That’s what I refer to as “Stirred.” Replete with garlic, onions, chipotle peppers and lots of cilantro, today’s guacamole is of the “Dirty” persuasion.
- 4 avocados, mashed
- 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
- 2 Tbs. finely diced red onion
- 1 chipotle in adobo, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove
- juice from one lime
- salt to taste
In a food processor, chop the cilantro, garlic, onion and chipotle pepper. Mash the avocados in a bowl and gently mix in the cilantro mixture, salt and lime.