Chunky Avocado Dip for Avocado LoversJanuary 31st, 2009 by adice
I love avocados. It’s a new-found love of my adulthood, and after shunning them and the ubiquitous guacamole for years, I somehow several years ago found myself craving them: sliced in salads, on sandwiches, even raw with a dash of salt and pepper.
Oddly enough, I’m still not a huge fan of guacamole. It must have been the texture or bad guacamole that had turned me off for so long. So a few years back, about the start of my avocado adoration, I became wild about a fairly simple avocado dip that didn’t involve smashing the fruit.
The portions and additions in the recipe change nearly every time I make it depending on how much I make and my mood. But the key to the whole thing is scoring the avocado while it’s still in its skin and scooping out the chunks and being gentle while mixing so you don’t mash the avocado (or mash away if that’s your taste).
The recipe can be doubled or quadrupled if you’re thinking of putting it out for a party (um, like that thing happening on Sunday that doesn’t involve anything close to a Seattle team).
Chunky Avocado Dip
1 ripe large avocado
1 tsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbs chopped green onion
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp finely minced fresh jalapeño
1 tsp crushed red pepper (mostly for color)
salt and pepper to taste
Chop and prepare the everything but the avocados first to
Slice avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit (you can hit the pit with the sharp edge of a knife, give it a twist and it’ll com right out). With a butter knife, cut into the flesh, all the way to the skin in a cross pattern. Scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Toss gently with the remaining ingredients.
You can add shredded cheese or finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes or other ingredients to give the dip a little different flavor.
Though the lime juice prevents some browning, you might want to serve this one fairly quickly, though you also can store it in the refrigerator for up to two days, just be sure to sprinkle it with a little more lime juice and lay plastic wrap directly on top of the dip.