Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Roasted Garlic Guacamole Bar!

April 28, 2010 in Appetizers, Healthy Fare, Side Dishes, Vegan Recipes

There is no such thing as the “perfect” guacamole recipe. To me, guacamole is one of those dishes that is – and should be – a unique creation every single time. My guacamole depends on my mood, the occasion, who the eaters are, and what is in my fridge and pantry. Avocados are good for you and have such a mild, creamy texture that  they pair well with, well, pretty much  anything. (( Note to self: try chocolate chip guacamole next . . . ))

For Cinco de Mayo I will be making a roasted garlic guacamole with do-it-yourself garnishes. I have used the basic recipe of Rick Bayless, a south-of-the-border anthropologist/chef I admire, featured in this month’s Eating Well magazine. My hat’s off to you, Chef Bayless – the addition of roasted garlic is genius! The only thing I changed from Chef Bayess’ recipe is that I used lemon juice instead of lime because I think garlic and lemon is a fabulous flavor combination.

Just set this out in bowls and let everyone scoop up the guacamole onto chips and then sprinkle with toppings of choice: diced cilantro, diced red bell peppers or jalapeño peppers, sliced green onions, crumbled queso fresco, grated pepper jack, pepitos (toasted pumpkin seeds), etc., etc.

Arriba! Arriba!


1 bulb garlic
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
3 large ripe Haas avocados, mashed
Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons minced cilantro
A dash of Tabasco sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut top off of garlic bulb across the diameter of the bulb about 1/4 inch from top of bulb to expose all the cloves. Drizzle olive oil over top of cloves. Wrap bulb in aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove from foil and let cool to room temperature.

Holding bulb in your hand with cut side up, squeeze bulb from bottom, letting cloves ooze out into a bowl. Add remaining ingredients, mashing with a fork as you go. Taste frequently!

Serve with chips, and make toppings abvailable. I used diced red bell pepper, thinly sliced green onions, diced jalapeños, crumbled queso fresco, toasted pumpkin seeds.

There are at least a dozen other guacamoles I must try before I die:
Cilantro Lovers Guacamole, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Tomatillo Guacamole, Serious Eats
So Good Guacamole, Herbivoracious
Grapefruit Guacamole, No Recipes
Shrimp and Guacamole Bites, Mele Cotte
Mango Guacamole, What’s Cooking?
Roasted Garlic, Poblano and Red Pepper Guacamole, Ezra Pound Cake
Mr B’s Guacamole, Phoo-d
Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole, Food Blogga
Columbian Guacamole, My Columbian Recipes
Simple Guacamole, Tastorama
Guacamole Salad, Skinny Bovine’s Kitchen

– posted by Donna