As long as you have ripe avocados at hand, guacamole is one of the easiest appetizers possible: scoop out the avocado and mash it up with salt and lime or lemon juice. You can dress up that basic combination until the cows come home, but that trio is the backbone of every guacamole recipe, no matter how simple or how fancy. Find a guac recipe to suit your taste below.
Note: Hold an avocado in your hand and squeeze very gently. If it's ripe, you'll feel a bit of give. Rock hard? Simply leave it out on the counter. Avocados will continue to ripen at room temperature. Speed up the process by putting them in a paper bag. Avocados ready but you aren't? Pop them in the fridge to keep them for a day or two.
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There are plenty of tricks out there to keep guacamole green. Leaving an avocado pit in the guac is a particularly popular one. We've found that having some lime or lemon juice in the guacamole helps keep it green, but since it's the interaction of the cut avocado with air that turns it brown, minimizing that contact is your best bet to keeping guacamole green. We lay a piece of plastic wrap or waxed paper directly on the surface of the guacamole to great effect.