Glorious guacamole. It is one of my favorite foods not just because of its deliciousness, but because it is so very versatile. You can enjoy it as a dip for chips, as a spread for a sandwich, in a wrap, on a taco, on fajitas and on top of a salad. Guacamole is also good for you thanks to the avocado! Avocados provide many essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. High is good fats, avocados give you a great excuse to indulge in guacamole. Now, the chips…they’re not quite so nutrient packed, but they are tasty.
This recipe is from epicurious.com. Here is the link. The recipe recommends serving this “Italian take on the classic” guacamole with toasted ciabatta bread and crudités. I served the guacamole with plain tortilla chips and some spicy flax seed chips that I found at World Market. I think they’re called Sweet and Spicy Flax Seed Chips. If you see them, you should try a bag. I really liked how they tasted more substantial than a normal chip and had that great sweet and spicy combination.
I also bought a jar of roasted salsa from World Market. It packed quite a punch in the heat department, but wasn’t unbearable. We used some of it the next morning in our migas.
The guacamole was definitely different than your everyday avocado, cilantro, tomato, jalapeno, onion and lime guacamole. The basil is detectable, as are the shallot and lemon juice. The flavors are perfect together and I really enjoyed it. I think it would be really tasty on the toasted ciabatta as the recipe suggested. Next time I will try it that way, or maybe with plain pita chips. Yum.
- 6 medium avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, diced
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup chopped fresh basil plus leaves for garnish
- ½ cup finely chopped shallots
- Place avocados in large bowl; add lemon juice.
- Using fork or potato masher, crush avocados coarsely.
- Mix in 1/2 cup chopped basil and shallots.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Can be made 1 hour ahead. Cover and chill.
Photos courtesy of Carrie Hartman