The best guacamole starts with the simplest perfect mash of avocado, garlic and salt. This simple guacamole is a delicious condiment to spread on sandwiches or grilled meat tacos that are served with salsa. Adding cilantro and lime to the basic, garlicky guacamole gives it the pizzazz to stand alone—as a topping for crispy tacos or tostadas, even as a dip. Green chile, white onion and red tomato create a guacamole that's perfect with a bowl of chips at a party. Great Salsa Recipes
A Riff on "Stage Two" Guacamole: Replace the lime juice with (or, for extra-tangy guacamole, add along with the lime juice) about 1/2 cup homemade or bottled tomatillo salsa—perfect as a topping or a dip, especially when you need to make the guacamole ahead (the additional acid in the tomatillos helps keep the guacamole greener for longer).
Avocado Sauce: For a tangy sauce to drizzle over raw (or blanched) vegetables or on tacos, tostadas and the like, follow the above variation, increasing the tomatillo salsa to 1 cup; puree everything in a blender. If the sauce is too thick to drizzle, thin with additional tomatillo salsa. A little heavy cream, sour cream or crème fraiche can be added for wonderful richness.
My 25th Wedding Anniversary Breakfast: Rick Bayless resurrected this forgotten recipe that he had created the year he and Deann got married. Shred two medium-large (10 to 12 ounces total) red-skin potatoes; squeeze out excess moisture between your hands. Heat a very large (12-inch) skillet over medium and lightly coat with oil. Form 4 small potato pancakes, sprinkle with salt and press flat with a spatula. When browned on one side, flip and brown the other side. Smear with the simplest guacamole, top each with a poached egg and sprinkle with salt, black pepper and cilantro.
Copyright 2005 Rick Bayless, Mexican Everyday, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.