Okay, show of hands – who likes guacamole more than I do? Okay… Now that that’s settled, who was more thrilled that I was to score a batch of freshly fried tortilla chips and a big bag of just-about ripe Haas avocados this week?
I’m not asking any more questions, I promise. Because the answers were right here in my kitchen. Although what some people might not know if that the French like guacamole (and chips) as much as I do. So much so that a local Mexican restaurant named after the famed dip had to add an accent on the final é so people would pronounce the entire word (the last part of French words usually aren’t pronounced), rather than say guac-a-mole, which sounds more like a Mexican carnival game than the most delicious thing you can dip a chip into.
So guacamole season has officially begun and I’m ripe and ready, and so were my avocados. Although it seemed like the longest night of my life, wondering if my avocados would ripen by the next day. I like to keep guacamole simple, with a gentle spiciness, letting the avocados star. So I don’t mess with it too much. But one trick I do is to sometimes add a tiny spoonful of olive oil, which gives guacamole a bit of silky smoothness and tends the bring the whole thing together. In terms of authenticity, I’m not sure if that will keep the wolves at bay, but I know Mexicans who have made guacamole with white vinegar, in lieu of the lime juice, and I remember all of us scraping the molcajete clean. (I don’t keep it on hand, but a tiny drizzle of avocado oil might be another interesting possibility.)
And since we’re myth-busting, Harold McGee told me there’s no truth to the rumor that keeping the pit in guacamole will keep it from turning brown.
Just the lime juice will. So If you want to try a couple of batches and test that theory, you’re welcome to. But I never can keep guacamole around long enough. In fact, this batch disappeared pretty quickly. Of course, a few lime margaritas speeded up the process.
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