Ever since I used the information that I learned from Chef Rick Bayliss my Guacamole has had rave reviews from anyone who has tasted it. Even from those who said they do not normally like it. At first I thought sure they were just saying that … but when they come back for seconds and request it when they visit I knew it was true.
It happened again yesterday and as I was talking to Manae she said mine was better than hers and what do I put in it. As we compared notes it really wasn’t much different. Then the light bulb when on. I shared with her what I thought was ‘my secret’. How I buy the avocados. Bingo! She waits until they are soft to the touch, so they are mushy when opened and used. Then she over mixes hers so it is almost smooth.
So here are my tips for you to make the perfect fresh tasting Guacamole every time:
Start with a ripe avocado … not an over ripe one! This is truely THE single most important thing you can do. Chef Bayliss says “When the bulbous end of the avocado yields to firm pressure, the avocado is ready to use. Make sure that the “button” or brown stem piece is still in the avocados that you buy. It acts as a seal so that air can’t get into the avocado.” It works. I promise. You will think it is not quite ripe enough, but it is perfect. No brown mushy spots. Just mashable and fresh. I bought 8 avocados this way to make the guacamole in the picture above, no need to buy extras “just in case” because every single one was perfect!
Don’t over mix. Go chunky! It is satisfying and it doesn’t resemble the puree from a frozen pouch. I do one quick mash leaving it VERY chunky and then add the ingredients that I want to use. Then I give it a quick stir and taste. Adjust if needed and quick stir again. Chunky and done!
What to add? The basics are avocado, salt, garlic and a little lime. After that it is anything you want. I add green onion and cilantro. Then garnish and eat! You can add a little salsa, tomato, green chilies, sundried tomatoes … the possibilities are endless.
So go grab some avocados and enjoy the freshest best tasting guacamole ever!