Roast Garlic Guacamole Dip

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  • This homemade guacamole is so simple to make and is packed full of flavor! Roast garlic and red pepper along with lime is a refreshing punch perfect for topping nachos, burritos, tacos or just for dipping tortilla chips and veggies.

    homemade guacamole in an avocado halve with lime and cilantro

    Avocados

    Avocado is a super food and while it can be bought year round, it is best during the late summer season. My husband isn’t a big fan, but I try to incorporate avocado into a lot of dishes for myself.

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    Skin color will vary by type, but one thing stays the same. Give it a gentle squeeze, if it yields a little bit, it is ripe.

    How do you ripen avocados fast?

    If you have a bunch of ripe avocados and you need to make guacamole in a day or two for a big party, put them all in a paper bag. They emit a gas and the bag keeps it locked inside, speeding up the process. MAGIC!

    ingredients for roasted garlic quacamole

    Alternatively, if you some that are ripe and you are not ready to eat them yet, put them in the fridge. This will help keep them at optimal ripeness for a little longer.

    Roast Garlic Guacamole

    Roast Garlic Guacamole Dip is slightly different from most because it contains no tomatoes. Yes, you read correctly, NO TOMATOES. Can you believe it?

    My mother’s idea of easy guacamole is avocado mixed with jarred salsa. Which when you think of it, it perfect because all the chopping is done for you. But growing up it never occured to me that it could be made without tomatoes.

    chip dipping into sour cream guacamole

    Instead, this guacamole dip recipes blends avocado, an entire head of roasted garlic, fresh cilantro, roasted red pepper, fresh lime juice and a few other spices.

    Roast Garlic & Roast Red Peppers

    While I like to make my roasted garlic and red peppers from scratch, you can buy these pre-made at your grocery store to save time.

    I will challenge you to roast your own red pepper and taste the difference between the bottled version. Homemade will also be less watery since it isn’t suspended in brine.

    roasted garlic on a wood board

    Make sure to dab jarred dry before adding so your guac stays nice and thick.

    How to Roast Red Pepper

    1. Preheat oven broiler. Cut red bell pepper in half. Remove and discard the seeds, membranes and stem. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray. Place bell pepper halves, skin up, on the aluminum foil and smash down using the palm of your hand. Halves will be flat and spilt in places. Spray skin well with cooking spray.
    2. Place flattened bell peppers in the top half of the oven under the broiler. Watch very closely. You want the peppers skin to be blackened. When almost fully charred, remove from the oven.
    3. Immediately place the red pepper halves an airtight plastic bag. The bag will steam up, assisting the skin to separate from the pepper. Allow to sit in the bag for 10 minutes. Remove from the bag and peel off skin with the assistance of a fork.
    easy guacamole with chips

    Guacamole Fresh Ingredients

    The list is quite simple and you can add a few other items should you wish.

    what do you put in guacamole?
    • Garlic– this uses one whole head, but after roasting and mashing, it really isn’t that much.
    • Olive Oil – for roasting the red pepper
    • Red bell pepper– red pepper is sweet when roasted, you can also use a yellow bell pepper.
    • Large avocado- or two small avocados
    • Cilantro– cilantro can be a deal breaker for some, omit if you don’t care for it.
    • Sour cream– this can be substituted with plain Greek yogurt.
    • Lime- do yourself a favor and use fresh instead of bottled! The flavor is so much better! You can also use lemon juice.
    • Fine sea salt & pepper– to taste.

    This simple guacamole is also great with red onion or tomatoes. The rest is simple, just mash them together in a bowl!

    close up of homemade guacamole

    How to Mash Avocado

    Mashing avocado is best when the avocado is perfectly ripe. If not, it will be too hard to do by hand and the flavor won’t be fully developed.

    how do you mash avocados for guacamole

    Here are your options:

    1. Use a fork.
    2. Use a potato masher.
    3. Few pulses in a food processor.
    4. Hard boiled egg slicer.

    Brown Guacamole

    An age old questions, how do you prevent your guacamole from getting brown?

    guac served in an avocado halve
    Serving suggestion- in avocado skin

    A tip for any guacamole recipe (or avocado recipe, really) is to add lemon or lime (something citrus and acidic). It prevents oxidation and preserves the color for at least 24 hours. It just isn’t appetizing when it goes brown.

    Some of this isn’t preventable. For example, if you use an avocado that already has some brown, you can’t erase that.

    guacamole on a tortilla chip

    If you do refrigerate it and it gets a little yucky, spoon off the top layer and what lies beneath should be green and fresh.

    I do not recommend freezing guacamole.

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    More easy avocado recipes:

    Flourless Avocado Brownies
    stack of avocado brownies
    Easy Avocado Brownies are made in the blender and ready in just 30 minutes. No flour and honey instead of sugar!
    Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce
    Healthy Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce is a great alternative to traditional Alfredo sauce. Avocados, thick Greek yogurt, lemon juice, tomatoes and scallions make this wildly popular dish a favorite. Bacon optional! #avocadocreamsauce #creamyavocadopastasauce www.savoryexperiments.com
    Healthy Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce is a great alternative to traditional Alfredo sauce. Avocados, thick Greek yogurt, lemon juice, tomatoes and scallions make this wildly popular dish a favorite. Bacon optional!
    Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
    Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are made from a three cheese blend along with zesty guacamole, lime, and bacon, for out of this world sandwich experience! #howtomakegrilledcheese #gourmetgrilledcheese #avocadogrilledcheese www.savoryexperiments.com
    Bacon and Guacamole Grilled cheese is made up of three types of cheese, zesty guacamole, lime and bacon for out of this world sandwich experience!

    Tools:

    Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.

    Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!

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    Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Guacamole

    Roasted garlic and red bell pepper gives this guacamole an edge on the others.
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time30 mins
    Total Time40 mins
    Course: Appetizer, Condiment
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: guacamole dip
    Servings: 2 cups
    Calories: 257kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Slice avocado in half and remove the pit. While still in the skin, use a small knife and cut crisscross lines into each half. Using a large metal spoon, scoop out the halves. You should scoop out already diced avocado.
    • Heat lime in microwave for 30 seconds. Heating will yield more juice. Juice both sides.
    • Combine mashed garlic with avocado, lime, sour cream and cilantro.
      ingredients for easy guacamole
    • Fold in minced roasted red pepper. Season with fine sea salt and pepper, if desired.
    • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, make sure to come back and let us know how it was! 

    Notes

    To roast garlic:Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the top of the head of garlic. Place it in aluminum foil. If you have trouble with it standing up or all of the pieces staying together you can prop it up in one muffin slot of a muffin tin. Pour 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over the top of the head of garlic. Fold over aluminum foil into a tight little ball. Bake in the center of the oven for 30-35 minutes or until cloves are browned, sticky and soft. Remove each clove from the skin to a medium size bowl. Mash cloves well with fork.
    To roast red pepper:Preheat oven broiler. Cut red bell pepper in half. Remove and discard the seeds, membranes and stem. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray. Place bell pepper halves, skin up, on the aluminum foil and smash down using the palm of your hand. Halves will be flat and spilt in places. Spray skin well with cooking spray. Place flattened bell peppers in the top half of the oven under the broiler. Watch very closely. You want the peppers skin to be blackened. When almost fully charred, remove from the oven.Immediately place the red pepper halves an airtight plastic bag. The bag will steam up, assisting the skin to separate from the pepper. Allow to sit in the bag for 10 minutes. Remove from the bag and peel off skin. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2010IU | Vitamin C: 96.3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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