Nothing beats making guacamole at home with fresh avocados, vine ripened tomatoes, red onions, jalapeños and some spice to kick it up a notch for game day,
Game Day Guacamole Recipe
Why should you make guacamole?
I call it game day guacamole because it is one of those dishes that naturally goes with watching sports. A perfect spread might include nachos, poke, spam musubi and juicy chicken wings. There are a few reasons why I prefer making guacamole. For one, it is freshly made so it will last longer than store bought. Secondly, I prepare all the ingredients that go into my guacamole recipe. Lastly, I can control the flavor and taste based on my personal palate. In addition, I spoke about the health benefits of avocados and avocado oil in some of my other posts.
If you didn’t know, avocados only ripen on the tree to a certain point. The rest of the ripening process is completed after the fruit is picked. Fresh avocados at their peak should be firm, but not hard and easy to cut.
HOW TO SPEED UP THE RIPENING PROCESS
Unripened avocados take anywhere from 3-5 days to ripen at room temperature. If you want to speed up the process, place the unripe avocados in a brown paper bag.
HOW TO SLOW DOWN THE RIPENING PROCESS
Nobody likes overripe avocados with black spots and the rancid odor. Once avocado are ripened and ready to eat, there is really only about a two day window until they start to get too soft. This is when the black spots start to appear. Place avocados in your refrigerated produce drawer right before they start to fully ripen. This will buy you some extra days if you don’t plan to use them right away.
MAKING THE GUACAMOLE RECIPE
Guacamole is super easy and fast to make. It is the perfect companion for tortilla chips, but very versatile. It can be used with Southwestern salads or as a condiment for steak, chicken, egg and even seafood dishes.
Starting with the ripe avocado, remove the skin and pit. You can save these for composting. Place avocados in a medium sized mixing bowl and mash with a fork. It can be fully mashed or partially mashed if you prefer a more chunky texture. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix till everything is combined. Season with salt to taste. I refrigerate for at least 30 minutes so the flavors set it. Then it is ready to serve.
Thank you for taking the time to read and enjoy your next game day feast!
*Tasting Notes: If you want more heat, add another jalapeño or two. Sriracha chili sauce is also a good addition because it provides spice with a different flavor profile.
**Tasting Notes: I added fish sauce as an optional ingredient. Fish sauce works well with spicy food, onions, tomatoes and cilantro. It may sound strange, but it provides a different flavor dimension of salty and umami to your guacamole. I mentioned it in another post, but my favorite brands of fish sauce are Megachef, Three Crabs and Red Boat.
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