Saturday

Edamame Guacamole ~ A delicious accident....


I happened upon this lovely addition to my guacamole quite by accident.  I was having a friend over for pizza and a movie.  And then at the last minute, it ended up being three friends.  Well  impromptu dinners are fine and easy for me, but with homemade pizza?  Ugh!  How do you stretch dinner when you only were planning on making one pizza?  So I thought of serving a couple of appetizers.  Easy peasy, right?  But I only had one ripe avocado, which makes for a very small amount of guacamole.  Hmm, what to do?

So being the "johnny on the spot" that I am, I thought of the edamame in my freezer.  It's green, it's mild and makes a paste like consistency if I buzzed it up in the food processor.   Yes, I knew I was onto something good here, really good.  And one other thing, it was absolutely heavenly.  My friends loved it.  I never told my friends of my addition until after we ate it. Then I confessed and they thought it was excellent.  So now  I'll make it time and time again.  And a big plus?  It's almost half the fat of the normal guacamole and no one even guessed.

By the way, this recipe would be great on toasted bread with a slice of fresh tomato in the summer, when the tomatoes are ripe!

Here is the recipe: 

1 large ripe avocado
1/4 cup shelled, cooked and cooled edamame
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/2 tsp. of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 of a medium red onion
1 garlic clove
1/2 ripe lemon

Special equipment.

Food processor (I used a small Cuisinart)

Pulse the red onion until it's finely chopped.  Put in a medium bowl.  Add edamame and garlic, pulse until a paste forms.  Add to the red onion.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Remove the pulp from the avocado and mash with a fork.  Add avocado to emamame mixture and blend together until incorporated.  Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon to the mixture and blend together.

Cover with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

Serve with chips, baked pita or nachos.

By the way, this guacamole never turned that murky green/brown color that happens with plain avocado.  Nice addition, very nice!

I also managed to stretch my one pizza with a big salad and lots of wine!  See, I told you.... I'm quick on my feet!





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