Chunky Guacamole: Guacamole Picado

Recipe courtesy Rick Bayless; From Authentic Mexican, Morrow 1987.
Episode: Mexico with Rick Bayless
TOTAL TIME: 40 min
Prep: 40 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: --
YIELD: about 3 cups, serving 6 as an
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ingredients

  • 1/2 small onion, very finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 serranos or 1 to 2 jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and very finely chopped
  • 1 ripe, medium-large tomato, cored and very finely chopped, optional
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and very finely chopped, optional
  • 10 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped, optional
  • 3 ripe, medium-size avocados
  • Salt, about 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1/2 lime, juiced, optional
  • Additional chopped onion, fresh cilantro, radish slices or roses, and/or a little crumbled Mexican queso fresco or other fresh cheese like feta or farmer's cheese, for garnish
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      Directions

      In a medium-size bowl, mix the finely chopped onion and chiles with the optional tomato, garlic, and cilantro.
      Close to the time you are going to serve, halve the avocados lengthwise by cutting from the stem to flower ends, around the pits. Twist the avocado halves in opposite directions to loosen the meat from pits, then scoop out the pits, and reserve. Scrape the avocado pulp from the skins and add it to the bowl.
      Using your hand or a spoon, roughly mash the avocado while mixing in the other ingredients, making a course, thick mass. Flavor with salt, then enough lime juice to add a little zing, if you wish. Return the pits to the guacamole and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface of the mixture. Set aside for a few minutes to let the flavors blend.
      The guacamole is very attractive in a pottery bowl or Mexican mortar, sprinkle with chopped onion, cilantro, radish slices and/or queso fresco (cheese); radish roses really dress it up.
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