January should be dubbed Appetizer Month. There’s New Year’s, then college football bowl games, the NFL playoffs and the Golden Globes. The Virtual Potluck gang thinks all are great occasions to whip out some fabulous munchies. And what better appetizer is there than guacamole?
One of my favorite basic guacamole recipes is Alton Brown’s. I also like to experiment with other variations – I’ve made guacamole with cream cheese, guacamole with feta cheese and now I’ve tried guacamole with mango.
This recipe is spicy, smoky, sweet and creamy. I made a batch for the Grillmaster and myself and, when I went back the next day to use some in a quesadilla, it was gone.
“Where did you put the leftover guacamole?” I asked.
“You mean the stuff with the mangos?” the Grillmaster replied. “I used it on a sandwich.”
It must have been a sandwich of Dagwood proportions.
I hope you enjoy this guacamole as much as the Grillmaster did.
Adapted from Marcela Valladolid
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 whole jalapeño pepper
1/2 mango, pitted, peeled and diced
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1-1/2 tablespoons finely minced onion
2 avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and mashed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Assorted raw vegetables or pita chips for dipping
Heat the olive oil in a small (preferably cast iron) skillet. Add the whole jalapeño and cook, turning often, until the skin is blistered all over, about 5 minutes. Cool, then discard the stem end and finely chop the pepper. (If you want less heat, remove the seeds too.)
Place the chopped jalapeños in a medium bowl. Add the mango, cilantro, lime juice and onion. Stir in the avocado. Season with salt and pepper, then serve with raw vegetables or pita chips.
Makes 1-1/2 cups
Per serving (about 2 tablespoons guacamole, does not include dippers): 64 calories, 5g fat (1g sat), 0mg cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 5g carb, 2g fiber, 2g sugar, 1g protein
Nutritional Analysis: This guacamole is low in Sodium and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Folate. (Source: nutritiondata.com)
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