Disclosure: California Avocados compensated me as co-owner of The Recipe ReDux to manage this recipe contest. I am therefore not eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. Opinions expressed are my own.
I know there are people who say they don't like guacamole... I'm not sure I believe they've actually ever even tried guacamole, though. I recall the last time someone told me "I don't eat guacamole" saying "Oh... you don't like it?" To which they said, "No... I just know I won't. I don't like the way it looks."
Um, not liking the color of a food and thinking it tastes bad are two totally different things... but you see where I'm going, right?
I think avocados are beautiful.
That luscious green fruit just screams to me "CREAMY YUMMY GOODNESS!"
I mean seriously... I can't recall another fruit or vegetable that tastes basically like a good-for-you creamy butter (but even better tasting) PLUS offering such a long list of healthy nutrients including vitamins K, E, C & B6, folate, magnesium, lutein and potassium.
But I guess I can see where some people are averse to certain shades of green, which unfortunately leaves them crippled when it comes to the most iconically classic avocado dish - guacamole.
This month California Avocados teamed up with The Recipe ReDux in a sponsored recipe contest to bring you the most creative summer entertaining dishes using avocados. You can browse through the images below to see all the creativity that's already surfaced, but suffice to say traditional guacamole isn't likely to win the contest. Us avocado lovers already know - guacamole rocks and there's not a lot you need to do to it to improve it....
...except for maybe diguise that it's guacamole for those people who "think* they don't eat avocados.
I know, I know... it's sort of cheating. I mean, the stuff is so damn good you really want to just scream "CLOSE YOUR EYES AND TASTE IT ALREADY" for the strange few who won't try it. But I'm willing to cut them some slack and deliver up a bowl of Sweet Potato Guacamole instead.
What's that new show everyone's so excited about? Orange is the New Black. Well I say Orange is the New Guacamole!
Sweet Potato Guacamole
Ingredients (serves 8)
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon salsa verde
- Flesh of 1 ripe California avocados
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Garnish: Cilantro leaves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake sweet potato at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender. Let cool slightly and peel.
Place baked sweet potato in small food processor or blender; add remaining ingredients. Pulse until well combined. Serve warm or at room temperature with fresh veggies, crackers or tortilla chips.