Guacamole (and how to cut an avocado)

It's football season....and that means it's guacamole season!  It's perfect for tailgating or to pair with the fajita recipe I shared last week. The following recipe will suffice for three to four normal people as a side (...or for the the Hubby and I by ourselves...).  It's so easy to double or triple for a crowd and is totally fabulous.  You can either take my word for it, or try it yourself ;) 


1 ripe avocado, diced
1/4 cup diced onion (red, yellow, sweet...any!)
1 tomato, diced
1/2 to 1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, diced (take those seeds and white parts out, and don't touch your face until you've washed your hands!)
1 Tbsp. lime juice
Cilantro to taste (I like more than the average person, I suspect)
Salt and pepper to taste

Throw everything in a bowl and mash it up with a fork!  Serve with chips...

I'm assuming you've all prepared an avocado before....so you know how much of a pain it can be.  This is the easiest way that we've found to get that good green stuff out without making a massive mess.  I hired a hand model named the Hubby for this avocado cutting/guacamole making endeavor. 

1: Cut around the avocado the long way (hot dog style!)
2: Wiggle wiggle the two halves of the avocado to separate them
3: Two halves!!  But one with the pit stuck in it...
4: Take your knife and stab it into the pit.  Carefully.  Because a knife is sharp, and if you miss the pit, it will go through the avocado.  I'd probably recommend leaving the avocado on a cutting board instead of holding it in your potentially life-saving hands, like the Hubby.  
5: Wiggle the pit out of the avocado and discard.  
6: Slice the flesh of the avocado into a grid, not cutting though the outer dark skin.  
7: Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh.  
8: If making guacamole, dump it into the rest of your ingredients and mash it with a fork
9: End result?  Clean hands and delicious guacamole!  

What is your favorite tailgating dish to pass, football fans?  

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