You know what sounds good right now – I mean really, really good? A bowl of homemade guacamole and some really fresh, crunchy tortilla chips. Ever since the Attack of the Infested Tomatoes started playing out, my obsession with salsa has understandably faded. It’s been challenging to find ways to substitute what was always a frequently used staple in my kitchen.
I never really realized just HOW frequently I used tomatoes until now. Sliced on sandwiches, cut up in salads (which my family eats just about daily in some fashion or another during the warm months), in tacos, cooked with pasta, and…sigh… in salsa and pico de gallo.
With salads, I’ve been replacing tomatoes with radishes and/or red pepper. Some people like sun dried tomatoes in salads, but I’m still on the fence. I think they’re amazingly good in pasta dishes, though. They can fill the void nicely. Then, too, there’s always the cannded tomatoes. They mingle well with pasta.
I also stir the petite diced tomatoes into taco meat for tacos. They’ll do in a pinch for salsa, too.
But back to my overwhelming desire for guacamole. I love this stuff and can’t get enough of it. At the moment, I want it to show up for lunch with it’s tortilla chip friends, but it’s versatile enough to show up with a lot of other sidekicks.
For Example, you have to try the following:
- Lightly toast some quality bread. Spread the inside with guacamole. Add a few sliced of smoked turkey, a slice of swiss cheese (optional), shredded lettuce, and a few slices of bacon.
- A South of the Border Burger: Grill, fry, or bake your burger patties. Lightly toast your buns. In no particular order, add your meat, sliced onion, a dollop of guacamole, jalapeno peppers if you’re brave, and a teaspoon or so of store bought picante sauce (I usually get Pace.) Serve with fresh tortilla chips and enjoy being alive.
- Toast a wheat english muffin. Spread on some fresh guacamole. To this you can add either a little picante sauce or hot sauce, if desired. Now top it off with a poached egg. Oh, come on now! It’s good, I promise.
- Cut up some cooked chicken. I most recently used mesquite roasted chicken (YUM!), but grilled or baked chicken are delicious, too. In a bowl, combine the chicken, some guacamole, and a little bit of salt and pepper. Add as little or as much guacamole as you desire. Use your chicken mixture to stuff lightly toasted pita pockets or wrap a warmed tortilla around and create a delicious wrap.
- Serve guacamole beside your grilled steak or chicken.
- Use guacamole as a potato topper – give sour cream the night off.
- Slather on top of baked potato skins.
- Serve with the Ruffles Pinch of Salt Chips and/or Frito Corn Chips I told you about in the last post!
Did you know that early Spanish settlers called guacamole the “butter of the poor?” It got the name because it was flavorful, could be used a lot of different ways, and was inexpensive to make. At least it’s still diverse and flavorful!