We’ve all spent an awkward dinner or two with the family. However uncomfortable these moments are, they pale in comparison to the episode of Breaking Bad featuring that meal at Garduno’s. Oh, you know the one: Trent the chipper waiter pushes tableside guacamole to the coldly furious foursome known as Walt, Skyler, Marie and Hank. They may have turned their backs on this delectable appetizer, but you certainly don’t have to.
In this second installment of our culinary tribute to Breaking Bad, you’ll learn how to make authentic tableside guacamole, but without all the excruciating discomfort. Though it’s not required, a molcajete (or mortar and pestle) helps make the experience feel legit. If you don’t have a traditional Mexican stone bowl, well, any bowl will do. Here we go:
Guacamole is highly customizable. Here is one easy option that guarantees a creamy, slightly spicy and addictive dip, but feel free to play around and create your own special batch.
· 3 ripe avocados
· ½ lime
· 1 tablespoon garlic powder
· salt and pepper
· 3 tablespoons diced fresh tomato
· 2 tablespoons diced white onion
· 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno (or to taste)
· 3 tablespoons firmly packed cilantro, chopped
Halve the avocados, remove the pit and spoon their green goodness into the bowl. Begin mashing them up, either with the stone pestle or with a fork. Squeeze in the half lime to preserve the bright color and keep it from turning brown.
Mix in the seasonings, including garlic, salt and pepper. Blend well until incorporated. Spoon in the tomatoes, onion and jalapeno and carefully mix in. If you prefer a chunkier dip do not crush the veggies. For a smoother finish, use the pestle (or fork) to mash to your preferred consistency.
Add in cilantro last, and carefully blend together. Spoon the finished guacamole onto chips, tacos, burritos, steak, chicken or just about anything! Recipe serves approximately four people, if they’re not too uncomfortable to try it.