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Posted by : Sue Riedl, Fri, Jul 20 2012

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Let’s mash some stuff! Guacamole is a bit of a lifesaver when dinner is not quite done and the family is drooling. It’s also task-adaptable for younger and older kids. The younger ones can unleash their “mushing” power, and the older ones can do everything else (if you cut the avocado for them).

Guacamole

I don’t use exact measurements because this is a “taste as you go, make it in a heartbeat” snack, for when you’re pressed for time. It becomes second nature.

You can also serve guacamole as a quick lunch by spreading it on toasted rye and topping it with fresh tomatoes. I spread it on whole grain bread for Felix to take to camp or school.

RECIPE: Guacamole
Serves 4-6

Ingredients
2 ripe avocados
½ fresh lime
1 large clove garlic, minced
salt

Guacamole_Avocado

If there are more than two people, one avocado won’t be enough. Halve two avocados and remove the pit.

Guacamole_Pit1

The fastest way to remove an avocado pit is to lightly whack the pit with your chef knife, until the knife is jammed inside…

Guacamole_Pit2

…and pull out the pit.

Guacamole_Avocado_Mashed

Scoop out the avocado flesh with a large spoon, and dump it into a medium bowl. Mash with a fork or a potato masher. Leave the avocado flesh as smooth or chunky as your family likes.

Guacamole_Lime

When I’m being fast, I don’t like to use a lot of ingredients — and guacamole doesn’t need it. Squeeze in the juice of half a lime (lemons are also great; just hold back on the juice, as they’re larger).

Guacamole_Garlic

Add one large garlic clove, crushed (essential!).

Guacamole_Salt

To bring out the lemon and garlic in the creamy avocado base, add a pinch more salt than you think you’ll need. I’m not saying go crazy; just add gradually, and taste. You’ll know you’ve hit the sweet spot when you stop to say, Mmmmmmm. (You can add a few drops hot sauce or fresh chopped cilantro if you have it on hand, but that would be a bonus.)

Guacamole2

Serve, and let the masses devour a filling, healthy snack!


Sue_RiedlSue Riedl is a Toronto-based food writer with a passion for cheese who writes a column called The Spread for The Globe and Mail. She loves to push stinky cheese on her 3-year-old.

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