This week I’m going to demonstrate how to pit an avocado. Avocados make a great accompaniment to Mexican and Latin inspired dishes which are perfect for summer meals. I also enjoy sliced avocado in salads or sandwiches. As a bonus, I have included a recipe for guacamole. Pour yourself a margarita, whip up some guacamole and enjoy with your favourite corn chips!
How to Remove an Avocado Pit
Guacamole is traditionally made in a molcajete – a large stone bowl with a stone masher that looks like a mortar and pestle set. However, it is certainly not nessecary to make decent guacamole and you can easily make it in a bowl by mashing the avocado with a fork. Haas avocados are the most readily available variety. Look for ones that are very dark green (almost black) and soft to the touch so they mash easily.
Makes about 1 cup – can easily be doubled
- 1 very ripe Haas avocado, pitted (see above)
- 1 Tablespoon finely diced onion
- 1/3 cup diced tomato (about 1 small tomato)
- 1/4 hot sauce such as Tabasco (or more, to taste)
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 garlic clove, finely minced – optional (purists would probably not use garlic but I like it)
- Optional: you can add a bit of chopped fresh cilantro but I usually leave it out because a lot of people dislike the flavour of cilantro!
- Pit avocado as detailed above. Spoon the flesh out of each half into a medium sized bowl.
- Lightly mash the avocado with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and continue to mash the mixture until everything is combined and it is the desired consistency (some people like it very smooth while others prefer it a bit chunky).
- Adjust seasonings to taste and serve with your favourite dishes.
Bon Appetit and Enjoy!