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Guacamole Three Ways

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Chunky or smooth, I think everyone who loves guacamole has their preference. For me, I like chunky-style guacamole.

Notably, there are three main types of avocados, Mexican, Guatemalan, and West Indian, with the avocados most commonly found around the world being, Fuerte and Hass. The Hass avocado is known as the avocado pear or the alligator pear due to the pebbly, rough exterior. I prefer using the Haas variety, because of their buttery texture.

Avocados are loaded with lots of good fat and are simply delicious. This is my Guacamole Three Ways.

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Visit the link at the bottom of this post to check out my Mini Crab Tacos!

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings per bowl
Equipment: large mixing bowl, chef’s knife, paring knife, fruit masher, paring knife, hand-held juicer, 3 serving bowls, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans

Ingredients For Guacamole:
12 ripe Haas avocadoes, halved and pits and flesh removed, large dice
3/4 cup of red onion, finely diced
1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper

20 wonton (square) wrappers, cut-in-half diagonally
2 tablespoons of chili powder

Ingredients For Pico de Gallo Guacamole:
1/3 of the prepared guacamole
1/4 cup of fresh store-bought Pico de gallo
Cilantro leaves for garnish

Ingredients For Mango Guacamole With Fresh Strawberry Topping:
1/3 of the prepared guacamole
1/4 cup of fresh store-bought mango salsa
2 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries, hauled and finely diced
Cilantro leaves for garnish

Ingredients For Guacamole With Fresh Crab Topping:
1/3 of the prepared guacamole
1 pound jumbo lump crab meat (check for shells) 1 cup of crab mixture for topping the guacamole, the remaining for mini crab tacos
1 1/2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup of red onion, finely minced
1/4 cup Fresno Chili, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely minced
2 tablespoon of cilantro, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Place a ripe avocado on a cutting board. Using a chef’s knife cut it lengthwise around the seed. Cut into the avocado until the knife hits the seed, then rotate the fruit with one hand while keeping the knife steady on the other hand. Twist the avocado in half. Place a dishcloth in the palm of your hand, using the butt of the chef’s knife hit the pit, twist, and the pit will come out attached to the knife. Carefully remove and discard the pit.

Using a paring knife make slits in the flesh making a criss-cross pattern. Be sure not to go the way through the skin. Take a spoon and scoop out the flesh, and toss the avocado into a large mixing bowl. Once you’ve completed adding all 12 avocados to the bowl take a fruit masher and mash the avocados. Do not mash until totally smooth, you want to have bite-size chunks for texture.

Add the remaining ingredients under the Guacamole list, stir to combine. Divide the guacamole into three bowls.

The first bowl, add the Pico de gallo, stir to combine. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.

The second bowl, add the mango salsa, stir to combine. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.

The third bowl, in a large mixing bowl start by adding all the ingredients to the crab, stir to combine before topping the guacamole.

Directions For Baked Wonton Chips:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
Cut the square wontons in half diagonally. Spray two rimmed baking sheet pans with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange the triangle-shaped wontons in one even layer on a sheet pan. Liberally spray the non-stick cooking spray over the tops of the wontons and season liberally with chili powder. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until crispy and beginning to brown. Lightly sprinkle with kosher salt while they’re hot.

This is my Guacamole Three Ways.

Note: Before making any type of guacamole I like to chill the avocados for at least 30 minutes.

Note:  If you are not serving the guacamole immediately, place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top (keeping all air out) of the guacamole. This will prevent the avocados from oxidizing and turning the guacamole brown. Right before you’re ready to serve, add the toppings.

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Strawberry Tarts With French Pastry Cream

Strawberry Tart With French Pastry Cream

These Strawberry Tarts With French Pastry Cream are easy to make yet elegant enough to WOW your guests.

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Tip: Reserve your vanilla bean pod(s) to add to your granulated sugar. You’ll have vanilla-flavored sugar for coffee, desserts, or any recipe that calls for sugar.

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Strawberry Tart With French Pastry Cream

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes
Total Cook Time: 45 minutes
Yields: 6 individual tarts
Equipment: 6 individual (4 1/2 inch) tart pans with removable bottoms, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, 1 pastry brush

Note: If making your own pie crust, the time of this recipe will vary (tip: make the pie crust the day before)

Ingredients:
Homemade Pie Crust,
(click the link below for recipe)
1-quart whole milk
1 vanilla bean, seeded, reserve vanilla pod
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
1 tablespoon heavy cream
6 large egg yolks, room temperature
6 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup granulated sugar
24 to 26 strawberries, hauled and halved lengthwise
1/4 cup apricot jelly
1 tablespoon water
Fresh tiny mint sprigs for garnish

Directions For Pie Crust:
Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
Roll out the dough and fit into the tart pans with removable sides. Do not stretch the dough when placing it in the pans or it will shrink during baking. Cut off the excess by rolling the pin across the top of each pan. Line the tart shells with a piece of buttered foil, butter side down, and fill them with dried beans. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the beans and foil, prick the bottom of the shells all over with a fork, and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Set aside to cool completely.

Directions For Pastry Cream:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks and sugar on medium-high speed for 3 to 4 minutes, or until very thick. Reduce to low speed, add the cornstarch. In a saucepan, on medium-low heat add milk vanilla seeds and pod.  Bring the milk up to the *scalding point.

With the mixer still on low speed, slowly pour the hot milk into the egg mixture. Pour this mixture into a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Do this until the mixture thickens, 5 to 7 minutes. Don’t worry when the custard comes to a boil and appears to curdle; switch to a whisk and beat vigorously. Cook, whisking constantly, for another 2 minutes. The custard will come together and become very thick, pudding-like. Off the heat, add the pure vanilla extract, butter, and heavy cream, whisk to combine. Pour the custard through a sieve into a bowl to ensure there the custard is completely smooth. Place plastic wrap directly on the custard and refrigerate until cold.

Fill the tart shells with the pastry cream. Arrange the berries decoratively on top of the cream. Garnish with a small sprig of fresh mint.

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the apricot jelly with 1 tablespoon of water until smooth and glaze-like. and brush the top of the tarts.

*Scalded milk: Scalded milk is milk heated right before the boiling point. Bubbles appear around the outer edge of the liquid and stay there continuously.

Click the link below for my recipe for Homemade Pie Crust.

Homemade Pie Crust

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