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Welcome to the #GuacSquad12 guacamole celebration!! Camilla Mann of Culinary Adventures with Camilla pulled together a dozen bloggers to create fun new recipes for one of the most popular party appetizers. We are Rocking the Guac this month and today is my turn to share my Chunky and Spicy Caribbean Guacamole!
Starting on July 9th and running through tomorrow, the #GuacSquad12 team has been sharing our favorite spins on guacamole as part of the GuacSquad12 Blog Tour and we’ve got one more day to go. We have covered the world … from Southeast Asia to the Mediterranean, Mexico, and more, there is something for everyone. Links to all the recipes posted up to today are listed below to make it easy for you to find them all.
I decided to visit the Caribbean for my version of guacamole this month, loading it with tropical fruits, seasonings, and just enough heat to make it really interesting. I added mango for a touch of sweetness, ginger for depth, lime for tropical flavors, allspice for a distinctly Caribbean aroma, and mint for a pop of freshness. I think you’ll be surprised at how fun and delicious this combination is.
Traditional Caribbean foods are very spicy, often incorporating screaming hot habanero peppers, but when you make your own you have complete control over the heat index. Even if your family doesn’t like spicy foods, you definitely want to use some heat to create a balance with the sweet and savory ingredients in this recipe. Feel free to lower the amount of chili flakes or leave out the jerk seasoning and taste the mixture often as you mix it together to judge the spiciness and stop when you are happy with it.
We were so lucky to work with our amazing sponsors, Casabella, Gourmet Garden, and Melissa’s Produce. They gave us the ingredients and tools to bring you all of these creative recipes. Thanks so much!
One of the biggest challenges of making guacamole is keeping it fresh and stopping it from turning brown from oxidation. Casabella has solved this dilemma for us with their brand new GuacLock®, a system where you can store guacamole if you make it ahead or have leftovers. It creates an airlock, minimizing oxidation and prolonging the freshness of your guacamole for days. It also works as a serving container – beautiful and efficient, it’s the perfect solution! And you can enter to win one of the dozen they are giving away to our readers!
The herbs and seasonings from Gourmet Garden are the perfect way to add flavor to all your cooking and baking without worrying about buying fresh herbs and having them spoil before you can use them all. The tubes of stir-in pastes add bursts of fresh herb flavor with just a squeeze and store for a long time in your refrigerator or freezer. Their pots of lightly dried products are incredibly handy, required no cutting or mincing, and make seasoning and garnishing a snap. Gourmet Garden sent us their entire line of products to play with – such fun! And one lucky reader will win a gift pack with the full line of their products!
Melissa’s Produce provides the freshest fruits and vegetables, generously sending us all avocados to use while creating our recipes. If you want the freshest produce, Melissa’s is the place to go. They have a huge supply of hard-to-find items available for ordering online and can track down just about anything you need. They carry organic and conventional products for every conceivable event or recipe.
To find the other entries, see the links I’ve included below the recipe. Each one is amazing! You can also find them on social media by following #GuacSquad12. And don’t forget to enter the Giveaway to WIN! Follow directions in the Rafflecopter below the recipe.
Jane’s Tips and Hints:
Did you know there are different types of avocados? To help you pick the best, perfectly ripe avocados, ask the produce manager at your grocers for their assistance. Not all varieties get soft when they are ready for eating.
To get the most juice from citrus, microwave it for 5 seconds, roll it between your palm and the counter, pressing down firmly, and then slice and juice over a bowl using a reamer.
The only ingredient in the recipe you need to read the labels for is the jerk seasoning. Sometimes seasoning blends have gluten-containing ingredients. All the Gourmet Garden products are gluten-free!
- 1 tsp fresh lime zest
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 tbsp Gourmet Garden Chili Pepper Stir-In Paste, or to taste
- 1 tbsp Gourmet Garden Cilantro Stir-In Paste (or use parsley)
- 1 tsp Gourmet Garden Ginger Stir-In Paste
- 1/2 tsp jerk seasoning blend, optional (be sure it is gluten-free if needed)
- 1/2 tsp kosher or fine sea salt, or to taste
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice, optional
- 3 ripe Melissa's avocados, seed removed, flesh cubed
- 1/2 red onion or 3 green onions, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
- 1 large or 2 small ripe mangoes, seeded, peeled, and cut into small cubes
- Fresh limes, for garnishing
- Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Chives, for garnishing
- Tortilla chips, for serving
- In a small bowl, combine the lime zest, juice, chile, cilantro, ginger, jerk seasoning (if using), salt, and pepper; whisk to combine and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the avocadoes, onions, and mint. Mix together with a fork, smashing the avocadoes into a mostly smooth paste. Add the lime-ginger mixture, stirring until evenly blended. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Add the mango, stirring gently to incorporate them. Taste again and adjust if needed.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with tortilla chips. If you make this ahead or to store leftovers place guacamole in a Guac-Lock from Casabella to keep it fresh and tasty!
- Yield: 6 to 8 servings
- Note: If you are making this for a large group with adults and children, mix together the avocados, onions, mint, lime zest and juice, cilantro, salt and pepper. Divide this mixture into two bowls, and add the ginger, chili pepper, and jerk seasoning (if using) to one of the bowls for the adults to enjoy and leave the other plain for the kids. Be sure to clearly label the bowls so your guests know which is which.
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