Quick, easy and fresh guacamole is the perfect centerpiece for this veggie spread. Quick, easy and fresh guacamole is the perfect centerpiece for this veggie spread. Israeli Kitchen Quick, easy and fresh guacamole is the perfect centerpiece for this veggie spread. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

How to make guacamole

Make and customize your own guacamole with just the right amount of kick and your preferred consistency.

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  • Yield: 1 cup
  • Prep time: 3 minutes

There’s just something about those store-bought guacamoles that misses the boat on authenticity – maybe it’s the preservatives. And then there’s the question of chunky or smooth, spicy or mild. Making your own guacamole, seasoned just to your taste, is easy – all you need is a knife, a Ziploc bag, and the seasonings of your choice. And avocadoes, of course. Be sure to choose perfectly ripe avocadoes by following this simple test. Or try this app.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 lemons
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 roma tomato, optional
  • 1/2 onion, optional

Directions

Slice avocadoes in half and remove the pits.

Cut lines horizontally and vertically in the avocado, and then run a spoon under the pieces and pop them straight into a Ziploc bag.

Squeeze the lemon juice in, add a few shakes of salt, pepper and garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Seal bag, and knead until avocado is smooth with just a few small chunks.

Transfer to serving bowl and enjoy with cut up veggies, multi-grain chips, or on toast.

If you like more heartiness to your guacamole, add finely diced tomatoes and onion to the bowl. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to finish it off and give it that extra flavor kick.

guacamoleThe best guacamole starts with perfectly ripe avocados. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

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