Thursday, October 10, 2013

Killer Guacamole from the harried Lucy Burdette

LUCY BURDETTE: So, confession. I really can't be on a writing deadline and cook up marvelous things at the same time. But we wanted to invite some pals over whom we hadn't seen in a while. 

We settled for drinks, because I simply did not have time to make dinner. But I had to serve something to nibble on. And sometimes a chunk of cheese with crackers lacks that certain panache. It can say to your guests: We couldn't be bothered...

Guacamole, on the other hand, says: We're glad to see you!

And the only thing hard about it is remembering to buy the avocados a few days ahead so they have time to ripen.
2 avocados, ripe (soft) but not black

1 ripe tomato
4 scallions
dash of good olive oil
1/2 lemon or lime
dashes of Tabasco
salt and pepper to taste

Stacy's Chips
Sliced cucumbers 

Peel the avocados and spoon the flesh into a bowl. Chop the scallions and the tomato and add them to the bowl. Squeeze the lemon or lime over the top, add a few dashes of Tabasco sauce plus salt and pepper and a bit of olive oil. If you're a fan of cilantro and you have some around, you may also chop that and add it to the other ingredients. Mash everything together until well combined though still a little chunky.

Serve with cucumber slices, Stacy's pita chips, or blue cornmeal chips. Should you have leftovers or if you're not serving right away, nestle one of the pits into the guacamole--this keeps the dip from turning brown! 

Lucy is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries, available wherever books are sold! MURDER WITH GANACHE will be out in February but you can preorder now. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.


  1. I love most foods, but with food allergies, and guacamole being one of them, I don't get to try any of these more tropical foods. Coconut is another problem, and I am so tempted with recipes using these ingredients. Thanks for the great posting however and it is very interesting to learn what all of the authors like to prepare.

  2. We love guacamole and will definitely try this. It looks amazing. I won't wait until deadline though - will probably do it next weekend and treat some lucky guests.


  3. Absolutely love your version of guacamole--so healthy, so good. And I can see you're a fan of Stacy's chips. I haven't tried them but will def. look for them now. Pita chips would taste great with a bowl of fresh guacamole a la Lucy!

    ~ Cleo

  4. Lucy/Roberta, love the recipe. Love the idea of pita chips. Good luck with all your deadlines. I totally understand. :)

    Daryl / Avery

  5. The pit stops the avocado from turning brown? Really? Have to try that. I had no idea. Sounds delish, Lucy.


  6. I love it.."Guacamole says 'we're happy to see you." :) Guac is a family favorite--will be sure to try your recipe.