Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers: Dorie Greenspan’s version of guacamole that can be made smooth or chunky or somewhere in between!
Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers
My first exposure to guacamole was on one of our annual summer vacations to Aspen as a child. With 4 hungry girls in tow, my mom cooked most of our meals at the condo or around a campfire. But on occasion, our folks would treat us to Chinese at Lum’s or Mexican at one of the mountain ski resort’s cantinas.
Not exposed to much guacamole back home in Iowa, it was an instant hit served with lightly salted restaurant style tortilla chips. Even though the picky hubby gives his chips only a cursory dip when guacamole is served, I was thrilled to make Dorie’s chunky Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers and shared it with my girlfriends.
Smooth or Chunky Guacamole
Dorie provided two options, smooth or chunky. I opted for the chunky, so I diced the avocado instead of mashing it. The grape tomatoes were to be quartered, but I think a wee bit smaller would be ideal for better scoopability. After taking these photos, I did a bit more chopping to ease the serving and dipping process.
I found this recipe slightly too limey for my palate, but my friends had nary a complaint. When I found Ms. Greenspan’s recipe in Parade Magazine (link below), I noticed the lime juice and zest was half the amount as in her cookbook, Around My French Table. So I’d suggest starting with the smaller amount, tasting, then bumping up the citrus if that’s your preference.
Here’s a link to the recipe for Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers in Parade Magazine. Just add 12 quartered grape tomatoes and double the zest and lime juice if you’d like. To see what the other “Doristas” thought of this recipe, check out the French Fridays website.
I’m starting a new series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.
Tip #21: Need a healthy dinner idea? Try a non-cream based soup. Look for one chock full of veggies with a lean source of protein like chicken. Filling and delicious!