Festive Guacamole

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It’s two for one day. Two posts, one day! It’s a Christmas miracle. (Or I just couldn’t decide which one to post, both were so necessary.)

Festive Guacamole

One of my very favorite Christmas traditions involves this guacamole. Some people have a feast on Christmas day. Ham. Turkey. Roast beef. Prime Rib. Not us.

We have a meal of appetizers. I happen to love appetizers, so it is my favorite meal of the whole year. Even better than Thanksgiving. My in-laws rock at this tradition. Potstickers, spinach dip, shrimp cocktail, cheese and crackers, chips and dip and on and on.

One of our favorite appetizers (especially for the holidays) is this festive guacamole.

The colors pretty much say it all. It’s like  a Christmas tree of guacamole. There is so much wrong with that statement. AND so much right with it. Beautiful green with shiny red accents.

Festive guacamole

I’m a guacamole purist. Some people like to add onion or tomatoes. But not me. I just like lemon juice, (not lime juice, it’s a personal preference, I don’t judge those who like lime juice,) and kosher salt. However, I do enjoy pomegranates in there. They add a burst of sweet and tangy flavor and a little crunchy texture. Honestly, you can’t taste them that much. But they do elevate the looks of the stuff.

This is a great dish to take to any Christmas parties you may have coming up. It is super quick to whip up. (Take a peek at the tutorial on using pomegranates to find out how to get to those tiny red pearls of yummy.)

festive guacamole

One key to success in all guacamoles is to taste it as you go. Because avocados vary in size and taste, it is impossible to say that you need 1 teaspoon of salt. You might need a little more. You might need a little extra lemon juice. So start with a little less than you think you will need (it’s easy to add salt, but not to take it out!) Then taste it and add more, if needed. Here’s a place to start.

Festive Guacamole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: about 1 cup depending on size of avocado

Festive Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 1 medium to large haas avocado
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils

Instructions

  1. Split, seed and peel ripe avocado.
  2. Mush in a bowl with a fork until mostly smooth. Leave a few chunks.
  3. Add lemon juice and salt. Taste and add more of either if needed.
  4. Gently stir in pomegranate arils.
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Comments

  1. Jaci says

    Alternative to using fresh avocado and pomegranates….one tub of prepared guacamole and one container of pomm seeds, both can be found in the produce isle. I always add extra salt and lime juice. This is always a big hit at work. Yummy

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