Guacamole is a tasty concoction made from avocados that can be used as a dip, a condiment or a sauce. The dish originated in Mexico, where it was invented by the Aztecs. It was a staple in their diet because of the high fat content of the avocados. The Spaniards who explored and colonized Mexico picked up the dish and popularized it. To make guacamole, it is important to take the time to choose the best ingredients. You can make guacamole from scratch in a few simple steps.
Selecting Ingredients: Select three medium sized avocados at the appropriate ripeness depending on when you plan to use them. If you will not be making your guacamole for a few days, pick ones that are more firm. Coloring ranges from light green when freshly picked to a dark brownish green when ripe. You can keep all but exceptionally ripe avocados at room temperature.
Select a tomato. Many varieties of tomato will complement the flavors in your guacamole. Use Brandywine for a strong, sweet flavor, or Sun Gold for a tangier result. If you plan to use a smaller variety, such as cherry tomatoes, you will need enough for about 1/2 to 1/3 of a cup.
Slice the avocado in half lengthwise by cutting around the pit, then pull the two sides apart. A ripe avocado will slice easily with a sharp knife, which you can slide around the pit with little resistance.
Hold the half of the avocado with the pit and hit the pit firmly with the sharp edge of a knife. The pit should come out when you pull back the knife. Gently push the pit off the knife with a pinching motion, making sure to keep your hand over the dull side of the knife blade so you don’t cut yourself.
Mash the avocado in a bowl. It can be as coarse or smooth as you want. Use a food processor if you want an even texture.
Dice the tomato and add it to the mashed avocado.