This photo from my Instagram inspired me to share my tips to take your guacamole to a new height.
I don’t think there is one person on the planet that doesn’t love guacamole, truth be told. And if there were, I’d sure like to meet them and change their mind. But how many times have you had a bland, brown, lumpy guacamole and wondered what was so special about avocadoes, anyway?
I am the first to admit that guacamole doesn’t require any particular set of skills and certainly isn’t the mark of superior culinary excellence. However, there are a few ways you can breathe new life into your guacamole. Here are my tips below:
- Use fresh avocados that aren’t too close to ripening (I know, timing this can be a mission impossible. You can always ask for help at your local fresh produce store).
- After initially mashing your avocado up for the guacamole, add a drizzle of olive oil as well as the juice of 1 – 2 fresh lime wedges. This is to stop the avocado from discolouring, but it also adds a few extra dimensions to the guacamole:
- The olive oil adds a rich, luxurious shiny lacquer to the guacamole that gives it a fresh, shiny and appetizing look. The oil also adds a very slight grassy pepperiness which deepens the earthy umami tones of avocado;
- The fresh lime cuts through the creaminess of the avocado and adds a more in-depth reception for the eater.
- Spend the time to mix and mash the avocado properly so there aren’t big unexpected lumps. I know this is time consuming, but the end result is a thick, creamy and smooth dip or spread that has a lovely texture.
- Add some spices to your guacamole – my favourite to use is paprika & saffron (just a pinch). These spices add to the flavour of the guac as well as giving it some vibrant colour.
- Add some mixed herbs (coriander, thyme, basil, oregano) and mix this through the guacamole. They add so much more flavour as well as accentuating the bright green flavour of an appetising guacamole.
- Finally, make sure you garnish your finished product with some fresh coriander and a few more wedges of lime.
I hope your guacamole gets as many compliments as mine does with these tips!
Its good on bread, as a tip, in wraps or even to toss cooked pasta through!