Monday, July 11, 2011

Grilled Guacamole

Guacamole is an avocado-based dip that originated in Mexico. It is perfect for parties and tastes delicious. Guacamole is traditionally made by mashing ripe avocados with a mortar and pestle called a molcajete. This recipe is a little more involved but I promise the results are worth it!

Note: If you try to make guacamole with an unripe avocado, both the texture and the taste will suffer. Ripe avocados will yield to gentle pressure but are not soft or mushy.

Grilled Guacamole
recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod originally adapted from The Kitchn

4 ripe avocados, cut in half, pit removed, left in skin
1 jalapeno
¼ large red onion
Olive oil, for brushing
Juice of 1 large lime
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
1/3 cup freshly chopped cilantro
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Tortilla chips, for serving

Heat the grill to medium heat. Lightly brush the jalapeno, red onion, and each avocado half with olive oil.

Place the jalapeno, red onion, and avocado halves flesh side down on the grill. Grill for about 5-7 minutes or until the avocados have black grill marks. Remove the vegetables from the grill and let them cool to room temperature.

Dice the red onion and jalapeno (seeded for less heat). Scoop out the avocado flesh and place in a medium bowl. Smash the avocados with a fork and stir in the lime juice, garlic, jalapeno, red onion, tomatoes, and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with tortilla chips.