A lot of restaurants today don’t even make their own guacamole anymore. They buy it in 5 pound tubs and usually it has a lot of added fillers to maintain color and consistency. Yuck!
In just 10 minutes, you can make your own “Guac” and have your guests begging for the recipe. What's Chef Sacco's secret? Her homemade Cilantro Sofrito. This quick addition will transform your guacamole, or any dish for that matter! Check out her recipes below:
CILANTRO SOFRITO RECIPE
In the summer, I tend to load up on fresh cilantro so that I can make a large batch of my cilantro sofrito and freeze it in small containers for use later. I use it in almost anything, especially when I have been working late and don’t feel like putting a lot of effort into cooking. I’ll brown up some chicken thighs in olive oil and garlic and throw in the cilantro sofrito and make a sauce. Then cut up the chicken and serve it over some crunchy romaine lettuce with organic carrots, avocados and cucumbers!
2 bunches fresh cilantro (Rinse thoroughly to remove any sand. Cut ends off-but not the stems. The stems have the most flavor!)
3 cloves garlic
1/4 of a small red onion
1/2 cup lime juice
Salt to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
Add all the ingredients except the salt to a Cuisinart.
Pulse until all the ingredients are chopped and combined well.
Salt to taste.
Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
Whenever you need a little extra taste, just microwave a cube for 20 seconds or until soft and add it to your favorite dish!
Chef Sacco's Guacamole Recipe
4 Hass Avocados-ripe *The best way to ensure ripe avocados is buying them a day or two ahead of time and let them rest on the counter to ripen*
½ cup fresh squeezed or organic lime juice
½ small red onion, chopped
1 large plum tomato, de-seeded and cut into ¼ inch dices
1 Tbsp Chipotle Tabasco
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
3 Tbsp cilantro sofrito
*If you don’t have time to make this you can always substitute with fresh cilantro but this gives it the wow factor!*
Kosher salt to taste
1. Cut avocado into large chunks
2. Pour lime juice over the chunks. Mash up using a fork.
3. Add chopped red onion and stir well.
4. Add tomato, Chipotle Tabasco sauce, cilantro sofrito (see recipe above) and stir well.
5. Add chopped cilantro and stir.
6. Taste and season with kosher salt and ENjoy!
The obvious: Corn tortilla chips!
The not so obvious, but equally delicious: Spread it on a turkey sandwich with some chipotle mayo, red onion and melted jack cheese.