Michael Symon's Guacamole Bar
Guacamole Bar Recipes: Three dressed-up versions of the go-to party dip.
- For the Guacamole Base:
- 3 Ripe Avocados (pit removed and scooped into a bowl)
- 1/2 small Red Onion (minced)
- 1 small Jalapeno (seeds and rib removed; minced)
- Salt to taste
- 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons fresh Lime juice
- 2-3 tablespoons chopped Cilantro
- For the Bacon and Blue Cheese:
- 1/2 cup crumbled Blue Cheese
- 1/2 pound sliced Bacon
- For the Crab:
- 3/4 cup Lump Crab Meat
- For the Goat Cheese and Mint:
- 1/4 cup Goat Cheese (4-ounce log)
- 1/4 cup Mint (chiffonade)
Dish of the Day: Michael's Guacamole Bar - Part 1
3 Ripe Avocados (pit removed and scooped into a bowl)
1/2 small Red Onion (minced)
1 small Jalapeno (seeds and rib removed; minced)
Salt to taste
1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons fresh Lime juice
2-3 tablespoons chopped Cilantro
For the Guacamole Base: In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, mashing the avocados as you go. You are looking to achieve a relatively smooth consistency with small lumps of avocado. Check the seasoning, adding more salt or lime juice if needed.
1/2 pound sliced Bacon
1/2 cup crumbled Blue Cheese
For the Bacon and Blue Cheese: Preheat your oven to 400F. Lay the bacon out on a sheet tray in a single layer and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and golden brown. Remove it to a paper towel to blot some of the fat off. Next, crumble it into the guacamole, adding the blue cheese as well. Give it a taste and add more blue cheese if desired.
3/4 cup Lump Crab Meat
For the Crab: Fold in the crab gently then check for seasoning, adding more lime juice or cilantro if needed.
1/4 cup Goat Cheese (4-ounce log)
1/4 cup Mint (chiffonade)
For the Goat Cheese and Mint: Crumble the goat cheese into the guacamole and fold it in along with the mint.
1. There are three ways to make guacamole: in a bowl, with mortar and pestle, or using a food processor.
2. Use a fork to incorporate the additional ingredients.
3. Add salt to the ingredients before chopping to fully season.
4. The acidity of the lime juice keeps the avocados from browning. Another trick to prevent your guacamole from turning brown is to save the pits of the avocado and put them in with the guacamole.
5. Replace the goat cheese in the goat cheese and mint variation with feta for additional saltiness.
6. For a short cut, dress up a store bought guacamole with any of these variations.