What’s Cooking With Simon Gault: The Ultimate Guacamole Recipe
Here’s some tips and secrets for the best, easiest guacamole.
- 3 whole ripe avocados
- ½ white onion, finely diced
- ¾ cup diced tomato flesh
- 1 small bunch fresh coriander, finely chopped
- ¼ medium garlic, finely grated
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 teaspoons jalapeno Tabasco
- 1 teaspoon salt
Cut around each avocado, from stem to blossom end and back again, then twist the two halves apart. Dislodge the pit and scoop the avocado flesh into a bowl.
Take care here; this is where a lot of people cut themselves. If you’re smart using the chopping board to ensure you don’t slice your hand into two.
Using an old fashioned potato masher or a large fork, smash your avocados.
Go chunky. Tastes differ, but I find that most people enjoy coarse-textured guacamole with chunks of avocado.
Not only is the texture of the guacamole satisfyingly wicked but it shows your guacamole is the real deal.
Finely chop the onion then scoop up the onion into a strainer and rinse under cold water. Shake off all the excess water and add into the avocado
Cut the tomatoes in half then using a teaspoon or tablespoon depending on the size of your tomatoes and remove the interior of the tomatoes.
Using a sharp knife cut the tomatoes into a dice. Now scoop them up and add into your bowl.
Take the coriander as little or as much as you like. Roll it up and cut into what in kitchens we call chiffonade.
Garlic: Some people like their guac with garlic, others like it without. I love just a little. Grate a quarter of a medium clove into your guac.
Now juice the lime. I like to measure the amount, often people will go a little crazy with too much lime juice to stop the guoc going brown. It’s not a lime guacamole.
Traditionally jalapeño or Serrano chilli is used. Good luck with finding either of those so I am using Jalapeno Tabasco which is available online or at most supermarkets.
Add as much or as little as you like I am adding 2 teaspoons.
Season with your favourite salt.
Mix well; taste it now and adjust for your taste preference. Feel free to add some cracked pepper.
Serve with corn chips.
Store prepared guacamole, transfer it to an airtight container and pack down to release any air bubbles. Slowly pour water over top of guacamole to cover, then secure lid and refrigerate. Those method works really well for up to 24 hours.
When ready to eat, pour water out of container, stir guacamole and serve.
Alternatively, instead of covering with water, you can press a piece of plastic wrap over surface of guacamole before securing lid.
This isn’t as foolproof as the water method, but still works well!
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Simon Gault is one of the leading lights in New Zealand’s culinary scene. Simon is a chef and restauranteur that has worked both in New Zealand and internationally at a vast array of establishments and is well known as a star judge of Masterchef NZ.
Simon has a number of business interests including Sous Chef, a fine foods import, distribution, deli shop and online food company that brings you the best in high quality ingredients from artisan producers the world over.
His supermarket brand Gault’s can be found on the shelves in Countdown and New World nationwide as well as in Farro Fresh and Moore Wilson and features four stock concentrates and four seasoning blends. A premium, ready-to-drink cocktail range, delivered to your door is his latest initiative and in his own words is “going off”. Simon also has a range of homewares available through Briscoes and a holistic science-based, health and well-being on-line education programme in partnership with nutritionist Sean Robertson called 4 Wheels of Health.