Friday, June 27, 2014

FFWD ~ Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers

FFWD ~ Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers

This week French Fridays is taking us South of the Border, with a delicious Guacamole, Tomato, and Bell Pepper recipe. According to Dorie, Guacamole is becoming a standard in France, being served at many Paris restaurants.  Leave it to the French to kick it up a notch, serving guacamole as a base for salmon tartare, or as part of a layered crab salad.
I have never made my own guacamole. Quite honestly, they sell wonderful pre-made versions in the grocery store. I was surprised at how easy Dorie’s version is to put together, and how tasty it was! Yes, there is a difference between the store bought (even though very good) and freshly made!

I loved the fresh flavor
I made mine last night, while I had my dinner on the grill. It was done and ready to serve in no time. Needless to say, Bill did not eat this. It was green, and he doesn’t do avocado.  More for me! 
I trully enjoyed making the guacamole.  Putting everything in a mortar and smashing it, was something I have never done. I use my mortar for spices and herbs.  It seems I have been under using it. What a surprise? I have many kitchen gadgets that were “must haves” when I bought them, and are now under used.  
This was a wonderful guacamole! Flavors were fresh.  The lime juice not only prevented the avocado from turning black, but added a spark to the taste. 
I will be serving this homemade version for the Fourth of July. I’m sure it will be enjoyed by all my guests. Happy Friday everyone!

You can find this recipe in Dorie’s cookbook, “Around My French Table” or you can find it here in Parade Magazine...Dorie’s Guacamole recipe, the difference between this recipe and the one in the book is that Dorie doubles the lime and adds about 6 grape tomatoes that I cut in 8ths. 

It was fun using my Mortar and Pestle to make this 

Perfectly creamy and delicious…with a spark of flavor from the fresh lime



28 comments:

  1. Dorie's guacamole was really good, way better than store bought ones..

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  2. We loved this too! I don't make homemade guacamole very often, but I must try to remember how easy and delicious it is.

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  3. Homemade guacamole tastes the best!

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  4. Yeah, I didn't even offer it to Bill. He would have taken a courtesy bite...but it's not his favorite! Homemade is darn tasty, isn't it?

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  5. Beautiful presentation & great pictures!
    This one made me realize that the mortar and pestle needs to come out more too!

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  6. Wow, I don't know anyone who doesn't do avocados. I never make it at home either. It is usually so hard to have the avocados ripe when you want to make the guacamole.

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  7. I made guacamole years ago - I don't recall it looking anything like this! Btw, love the plate!

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  8. I must admit, Kathy, that I am very surprised that you've never made guacamole before. However, I do have this theory that if you can find something that is as good, already made, that will save you work, buy it. I've tried one or two guac mixtures from the store and they just don't measure up, do they? I liked Dorie's version and was able to make the whole thing in my mortar - no other dishes necessary. I think you maybe did the same thing. Yep, mighty tasty.

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  9. Your guacamole is so pretty - love the rose tomato on top.

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  10. We make guacamole regularly. Always disappears in a flash!

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  11. Nice for you to find out how easy it is to make at home! It's a fairly popular request around here, so I make it on occasion - it's a treat! I thought this recipe was good, though a departure - I wouldn't normally describe mine as crunchy, no matter what I'm putting in it, so that was a nice change.

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  12. The plate and all the colors in this post are just amazing. Of course, where I love, guacamole is as common as water, and I love that! I am amused that the French are now enjoying it. David

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  13. Hi Kathy, such a vibrant color, so pretty and super delicious the way your Guacamole turned out. I also make it exactly like the way Dorie makes it...perhaps I memorized it from her book...I don't recall how, but I do know it is more appealing mixing the diced tomatoes in there and not just solid green.
    Also, just seeing your picnic game goodie, that you added...love the Quinoa salad with the blueberries, for sure. Really a perfect picnic dish. So light and delightful!
    Save a place on your blanket for me, at the fun picnic! Hugs,

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  14. I don't know what it is about Guacamole, I just never make it. I should though because I don't buy store bought either and I do love the stuff!!!

    Your presentation is so festive Kathy. I'm sure it will be a hit for the 4th! Thanks for sharing, Kathy...

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  15. Love quacamole, this sounds wonderful and I'm sure way better than anything you can buy!

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  16. So I had never made homemade hummus and you had never made homemade guacamole. Dorie is trying to convince both of us that homemade is sometimes better.

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  17. My husband and son do not do avocados or guacamole either. My party enjoyed it and I liked the addition of all those vegetables.

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  18. Totally loving all these veggies happening here! This is one heck of a great harvest recipe!

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  19. Love the colors in your pictures! Lovely presentation too! My DH ate it!

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  20. Sorry I haven't been around for a while! But here now and loving your guac, the colour is delicious :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  21. Hi Kathy, I have never tried guacomole before but at first look, I am convinced I am going to give this beautiful recipe a try. Thanks for sharing and regards :)

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  22. Kathy, very lovely and colorful presentation of your guacamole. What a nice idea to serve this in a marble mortar.

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  23. I love guacamole Kathy and your version is very colorful and I bet very tasty too!

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  24. This looks so good. Making it fresh makes so much difference!

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  25. I can't believe you never made your own guacamole before. Aren't you glad you can't say that anymore? So easy and delicious. I love your presentation. The marble mortar is the perfect container. (And one less dish to wash.)

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  26. I loved the addition of the tomato and red pepper - it's so much lighter than most guacamoles and the flavours are lovely. Yours looks elegant in your marble mortar!

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  27. I loved making this in my mortar and pestle too. I bet the bread sticks were delicious for dipping.

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