After running a dips, dressings and sauces class a couple of weeks ago, here's another easy peasy delicious gem to add to your repertoire of home-made dips. Who doesn't love guacamole? A winner with young and old. This is something that you could easily get kids involved in making or whip up a just before sitting down to your meal or before guests walk in the door (or even after they arrive!).
1 tablespoons (20ml) lemon juice
½ tablespoon red onion
diced 1.5 tablespoons (30g) ripe tomato
diced 1 garlic clove (5g)
diced (optional) 1 tablespoon fresh coriander, leaves and stems, plus extra for garnishing (optional)
a scattering of dried or fresh chilli (optional)
Cut avocado in half, remove seed and scoop flesh into a bowl (I like to score the avocado in squares with a knife before scooping out flesh). Roughly mash avocado with the back of a fork but don’t overdo it- you want it a little chunky. Add all other ingredients. Season with sea and pepper to taste. Mix ingredients until well combined. Garish with extra coriander leaves before serving.
Serve as a side with main meal or as a dip with vegetable crudities. Serves 2. If you are having guests over I would triple the quantity.
For a creamier version, add 1 tablespoon of crème fraiche. Guacamole purists might be horrified, but who cares.
Tip: If not serving straight away, sit the avocado seed in the dip (this helps to stop it going brown), cover with cling wrap and refrigerate. Avocado tends to oxidize (go brown) quite quickly so I tend to just make enough for one sitting and do not make in bulk.
At its most simplest level you can make a simple avocado and lemon dip with just 1 avocado, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Now that's one that you could delegate to the kids while you kick back with a chardy (organic of course). (In reality I'd be kicking the piles of dirty laundry strewn all over the floor while poorly multi-tasking 50 other tasks that are required to be done in an impossibly short space of time). But life is too short to skimp on good food so ALWAYS make time to prepare and enjoy a beautiful meal with loved ones. The laundry can always wait.