04 July 2010

Roasted Pasilla/Poblano Guacamole

Adapted from Rick Bayless' Mexico, One Plate at a Time

Happy Independence Day, folks! For this holiday, Sam and I chose to play in the kitchen while watching the Padres play some ball, followed by a little True Blood.

As Sam is Guacamole's (yes, with a capital 'G') biggest fan, we decided to make a very special variety -- roasting the peppers and tomatoes under the broiler and then blending them with garlic in the food processor.  The (adapted) recipe is included below!

Side note: the Black Bean Quesadillas and Boca Negra cake are the other creations in progress right now...with the bourbon cream currently chilling in the refrigerator.  Details to come...


Roasted Pasilla Guacamole

2 medium, fresh, poblano chiles

2 small, tomatoes

2 cloves, roasted garlic

3T cilantro, chopped

3 large avocados (I love California for its readily-available HASS avocados!)

2T fresh lime juice

1 jalapeño (to your preferred heat level)

-Lay the large peppers and tomatoes on a aluminum, baking sheet and broil for about 10-12 minutes until they blister and become blackened a bit.  Then, place the peppers in a bowl and cover with a towel (the steam will soften the skin and make it a bit easier to remove).  After about five minutes, remove the stem, seeds and skin.  Although I've heard that it's easier to use a damp paper towel to remove the skin...fingers worked much more efficiently.

-Toss the skinned (?) peppers into the food processor with the garlic and pulse briefly.

-Coarsely chop the tomatoes and mince the jalapeño.  Add to the peppers, but do not process

-Pit the avocados and remove the flesh with a spoon.  Mash with the back of the spoon or a potato masher.

-Add the pepper/tomato/garlic mixture to the avocados.  Juice half of a lime over this green gorgeousness, then add the cilantro and salt (to taste), and blend.  Taste, and add additional lime juice and salt to taste.

-Serves 1-2 hungry guacamole fans over the course of a couple snacks and a meal.  Happy Fourth of July!

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