When it comes to the perfect appetizer, guacamole may be it. Served with some salted tortilla chips and a good Margarita, it's a dish that's appropriate for the most casual or sophisticated gathering.
This recipe was passed along to me from my mom, who grew up in Wisconsin but moved to San Diego in her 20s. She and my father quickly fell in love with the south-of-the-border food scene in their neighborhood and regularly incorporated it into their cooking.
Ingredients (serves 6)
1 small onion
1 ounce jalapeno juice
1 squeeze lemon wedge
1/2 tablespoon salt
In a bowl, grate the onion down to your finger tips. Add the lemon and jalapeno juice, and salt. Mix well, then add the pitted avocados. Mash to your desired consistency, then stir in finely chopped tomatoes. Mix again and add more salt as needed.