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The Real Guacamole
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Guacamole, as they make it in Mexico, is a rough-textured mash, a salad rather than a purée, a simple preparation of chopped avocado, lime juice and salt. Acceptable additions include chopped coriander leaves, diced tomato, onion and green chilli. In traditional restaurants, guacamole comes with a basket of freshly baked cornmeal tortillas, which take the place of bread rolls and butter. Crisp lettuce leaves are another fine accompaniment, perfect for scooping up the creamy mixture.
Serves: 4, as a starter
Typically, you would cut the richness of avocado with a wine that has plenty of zip. Here, that richness is already balanced by lime juice, so the best choice is a soft, rounded wine that matches the creamy texture of the guacamole.
This recipe was first published in October 2005.