I actually had a different recipe in mind for today, but I had an ingredient snafu and I couldn’t make it! So I had to refer to the one recipe in our family that everyone talks about – Grandpa’s guacamole.
I think the most memorable family food moments happen before the big meal. We love cocktail hour – the part when we’re all arriving at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s and we’re snacking, drinking, chatting, joking around. My Grandma is an expert entertainer – she knows all the right snacks to put out, she picks a signature cocktail for the evening, she somehow times it all out perfectly, and she has been doing this for our family for decades. Of course Grandpa is in charge of the guacamole.
My grandma has been in the hospital this week, and I’ve been thinking about her a lot and how much she does for our family. I think about her every time I’m arranging fruit and vegetables on a party tray, which is almost every day now. Lately I’ve stopped making full meals for dinner and instead, I’m making little trays of snack foods or putting little bowls of fruit and sliced cucumbers around. Food is therapy, ya know?
Anyway, so this appetizer. I’ve been wanting to try fried guacamole for a while now, because why not? But I wanted a healthy alternative too. So there’s “faux fried” guacamole, which is simply a dollop of guac on a slice of bell pepper, topped with crushed tortilla chips – really simple but actually very tasty and refreshing.
And then the full on real deal fried guacamole, which takes a little more effort. First the guacamole is frozen in little rounds or patties to keep it from melting in the fryer. Then, it’s double-dipped in tempura batter, topped with crushed tortilla chips and fried until golden. It’s delicious you guys.