(This is a reprint from a previous blog)
How to Eat an Avocado
I love avocados. I grew up having tastes of them since my dad loved avocados too, but they were certainly not as available to us when I was growing up as they are now, so they were considered a specialty food, almost exotic… and Dad got the bulk. He would eat slices with a little mayonnaise, salt and pepper and I adopted this way of eating avocados. It’s good — if you like mayonnaise. Which I do, much more then than now.
I also like avocados sliced in an omelet, just at the end so they heat slightly. I knew a woman who made egg-and-avocado salad for sandwiches. It seems to me that the textures and even the flavors are so close as to be redundant. If that makes sense.
The first time I had guacamole I was hooked. I don’t know where or when that was, but I’ve loved it ever since. My method of making guacamole is simple: roughly mash a couple of large avocados (I like texture to my guac); add one small clove of garlic, crushed and chopped a little; a very tiny bit of minced sweet onion, maybe a teaspoon to two avocados; and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. A pinch of salt, and black pepper. Serve with salty crispy corn tortilla chips.
I read an article (Bonappetit.com) that said the addition of lime juice is not authentic, at least not in Mexico. Or that if it is added (said the article), they don’t use as much as we in the USA use. It cuts the richness a little and helps keep the guacamole from turning brown while leaving the creamy dreamy flavor and texture intact. Unless you let it sit too long.
I’ve heard of pouring a thin layer of olive oil over the top of the guacamole to keep it from turning brown as well. I suppose one just pours it off when ready to serve.
Sometimes I add several squirts of Tabasco or other hot chili sauce. Usually I like to leave that on the side for others to add at will.
My mother-in-law shared with me a surprisingly tasty way in which to eat avocados. She mashed a little piece, spread it on a saltine, and sprinkled a little ground black pepper over it.
You wouldn’t believe how good that simple little snack is!
But the very best way in which to eat avocados is to cut one in half, sprinkle liberally with salt and black pepper, and scoop out spoonfuls as if eating a melon.
That’s the way to eat an avocado.