Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Not just any old burger

Corinne and I bought some thick sirloin patties from our local Supermarket, we do not eat a lot of hamburgers but these looked way too good to pass up (and they were super cheap!). We were talking about what to do to them, because we figured the just looked too good to ruin these bad boys with mustard and ketchup.

Corinne suggested I add some applewood smoked bacon and the guacamole that we had recently made to mine. I suggested that she add pineapple, Teriyaki sauce and mayo to hers.

Corinne loved hers, she agreed that the mayo is what pulled all the flavors together. Corinne is not really a big burger fan but that night she finished hers before I did.

Mine was fantastic as well, the guacamole and bacon complemented each other perfectly. Both salty and sweet (thanks to the applewood bacon), the flavors virtually exploded with every bite.

The only downside was that the burger patties shrunk A LOT :-(

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Holy Guacamole! (come on, what else would I call it? lol)

I figured its time to post a couple of more directly food related entries. Although I still have hundreds of more pics from our travels over the past year (Germany, Mexico, and various states around the U.S) and I will post those in between. I love traveling and trying new restaurants and new foods and I am eager to share those experience with you.

But for now lets make some Guacamole!

Two years ago, on a cruise we took of the Mexican Riviera, I discovered I liked Guacamole. Before that, as far as I knew, I hated the stuff, I stayed away from it at all costs. I had a foodie epiphany right there when I discovered there is such a huge difference between fresh homemade Guacamole and that green slime you get at your typical Mexican restaurant that there is no way they should share the same name.

Ever since then Corinne has been making me fresh Guacamole with the simple and quick recipe below:

2 Avocados (1 firm and 1 soft: to add differing textures)
1 small clove garlic finely minced
dash onion powder
dash cayenne pepper
1 - 3 teaspoons of your favorite salsa
1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
salt to taste

Start by cutting and slicing the soft avocado.
(here is a video showing the easiest way to cut and avocado)

Place the soft avocado in a small mixing bowl and mash well with a fork.

Next, cut the the firm avocado and add to the bowl mashing it lightly to your desired level of chunkiness.

Add the lemon juice to the avocado mixture to prevent it from browning

Add the remaining ingredients to your personal preference and mix well.

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