Whether it’s to get the evening started or enjoy as a side dish throughout the meal, guacamole is a must for your next Mexican feast! Try something a bit different with these easy guacamole recipes that mix things up and take you on a trip round the world, from Italy to America, Greece to Spain.
TOTAL TIME: 1 Hour 20 minutes
SPICE LEVEL: Mild
SERVES: 6 people
215g tin chickpeas,
drained and rinsed
(130g drained weight)
1 garlic clove
11 small red onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 large ripe avocados, peeled, stones removed and flesh chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons freshly chopped flatleaf parsley
80g feta cheese, crumbled
• You can’t make a good guac without ripe avocados. To test for ripeness, cradle the avocado in the palm of your hand – it should yield to gentle pressure, just like a ripe peach. Don’t squeeze too hard or you will bruise the flesh.
• Very ripe avocados may have a few areas of discoloured flesh. Cut away and discard any big patches but don’t worry about smaller spots as they won’t spoil the look or flavour of the finished guac.
• For a chunky guac, use the back of a fork, potato masher or pastry cutter to mash the flesh or just finely chop with a sharp knife.
• If you prefer a creamy smooth guac use a food processor or blender – pulse briefly then scrape down the sides of the bowl or jug and pulse again. Take care not to over process or the guac may become sloppy.
• Avocado flesh discolours quickly so don't prep until you are ready to mix with the other ingredients.
• Cover the surface of the finished guac very closely with cling film or a layer of baking paper, pressed onto the surface. Any area exposed to the air will start to discolour.
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• Chilling guac for at least an hour before serving will help the flavours to develop but if you’re short on time you can skip this step. Just make and serve.
• For the freshest taste, guac is best served on the day of making, but it will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. If the surface has discoloured, just give it a good stir.
• Give the guac a quick taste after chilling and before serving – you may find it needs little more salt or an extra squeeze of lime or lemon juice.
• If you’re going for a hot guac with red or green chillies added, remember that the chilli flavour may become more intense with time. To cool down an over-spicy guac stir in another mashed avocado before serving.