Friday, 19 April 2013

Guacamole and Guacziki

guacamole served in an avocado skin
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As a family, we've only recently discovered the delights of guacamole and until now have been buying the ready made tubs. Morrisons had packs of 4 avocados for £1 this week (that's the same price as 1 tub!), so Miss K and I thought we'd buy some and make our own.

Most authentic recipes seem to include chopped onion, but as neither of the girls like raw onion, we replaced it with garlic.
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe tomato, deseeded and diced
  • 1 small clove of garlic, crushed (or some finely chopped onion)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • A little chopped chilli, to taste
  • A little chopped coriander, to taste 
Cut the avocado in half by scoring around lengthwise with a sharp knife.
Twist to separate the two halves.
Scoop the avocado flesh out into a bowl with a spoon, removing the stone as you do so.
Add the lime juice and mash roughly with a fork.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir in.
Cover and refrigerate until needed (for a couple of hours at the most, as it will discolor).

a bowl of guacziki dip
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I decided to experiment with one of the remaining avocados and came up with guacziki - a kind of vegan tzatziki!
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 chunk of cucumber, deseeded and diced
  • 1 small clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • A dash of hot chilli sauce, to taste
  • A little chopped dill, to taste 
Prepare the avocado as before.
Place in a food processor with the lemon juice, garlic, the scooped out cucumber seeds and seasonings.
Blend until smooth.
Finally, stir in the chopped cucumber.
Cover and refrigerate until needed. 

Top Tip: Pop the avocado stone back into the dip until you are ready to serve. I'm not sure if this really works, but it's supposed to help stop the dip discolouring!
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