Friday, July 27, 2012

Lemony Jalapeno Guacamole

This spicy guacamole is made with fresh lemon juice and zest to give it a refreshing citrus tang. The lemon also helps delay the ugly browning that happens to fresh, natural guacamole after it's out for a few minutes. The jalapeno adds a touch of peppery heat, and the onion provides savory flavor along with a pleasant contrast in color and texture. You can control how spicy to make the guac by how much jalapeno you use.

Enjoy my lemony jalapeno guacamole with tortilla chips, on nachos, in wraps and sandwiches, and any other way you'd normally eat guacamole. The recipe below makes approximately two servings, but you can multiply the ingredient quantities to make a larger amount.

1 large ripe avocado
1 Tbs diced red onion
1 Tbs diced fresh jalapeno
1 Tbs freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp freshly-grated lemon zest, plus a little more for garnish (a few long, curly slivers of lemon peel also make for a nice garnish)
Salt to taste

Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit and scoop out the pulp into a bowl. Add lemon juice and zest, then mash to desired consistency. Add jalapeno and onion, stir to thoroughly combine. Serve, garnished with lemon zest or peel if desired.

Zestfully yours,

PS: If you like the flavor and heat of jalapeno peppers, you'll love Texas Longhorn Jalapeno Dip, made with fresh jalapenos and other all-natural ingredients. It's fabulous on burgers, hot dogs, nachos, Tex-Mex foods, egg dishes and more.

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