Miss Ava Cado, Mexico’s sultry avocado ambassador, loves Cinco de Mayo and wants to get Canadians excited about this fun-filled Mexican holiday. Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862; It represents Mexican unity and patriotism. Today, Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico but is celebrated around the world with festive parties, dances and, of course, lots of delicious guacamole.
I was thrilled to be invited to take part in the Avocados from Mexico Cinco de Mayo Blogger Challenge where we had to submit an original guacamole recipe. Now I LOVE guacamole – evidenced in the fact that we ate it most days we were in Mexico at Christmas – sometimes twice LOL!
But for this challenge, I wanted to rethink guacamole and present it in a different way. I was inspired by the savoury cheese and chive loaf I made for French Fridays with Dorie a few weeks ago and wondered if I might be able to make avocado bread. As I was thinking about how to do this, I suddenly thought of muffins. I imagined a muffin with all the ingredients of guacamole, not mashed up but visible studs of colour in a golden muffin. Could I figure out how to do this? Would the avocado turn brown? It was actually very very easy and the muffins were superb. Next time I might add bacon though So I hereby present – Guacamuffins!
- 2 small avocados, cubed
- 1½ cups chopped tomatoes, cubed
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1 cup feta, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon lime zest
- 6 eggs
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1¼ cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ cup chopped fresh oregano
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ teaspoon dried, minced garlic
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- In a small bowl combine the tomatoes, shallots, feta and lime zest.
- Beat the eggs in a separate bowl until just foamy. Mix in the oil. Add flour, baking powder, oregano, cilantro and minced garlic and combine well.
- Cube the avocado and toss with the tomato mixture.
- Add the tomato/avocado mixture to the batter and fold in gently.
- Using a ¼ cup measure, fill greased muffin tins.
- Bake for about 20 minutes until golden and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Serve warm, either as a snack or with a tomato soup.
- Muffins will keep a couple of days in an airtight container – after that the avocado starts to go brown.
As an aside to this unconventional interpretation of guacamole, I also offer you something a little more recognizable: Guacpops!
I had one tiny avocado leftover from my guac experiment so I made a simple guacamole, popped it in the fridge for 15 minutes or so, then rolled tiny balls and coated them in crushed tortilla chips – blue and yellow. I think they are a really fun way to serve guacamole at a party – so much less mess!
Ingredients (for approximately 6 “pops”)
1 small avocado, halved and pitted
6 small cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 tablespoons fresh lime zest
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
1/2 shallot minced
1/2 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup yellow tortilla chips, crushed
1/2 cup blue tortilla chips, crushed
Coarsely mash avocado with a fork.
Mix tomatoes, zest, cilantro, shallot and garlic into the mashed avocado.
Place bowl in fridge for 15 minutes, covered with plastic wrap touching the top of the mix.
Remove bowl from fridge and, working quickly, form small balls. This amount of mixture should make about 6.
Roll them in the crushed tortilla chips and refrigerate until you serve them.
Serve with toothpicks.
Try one or both of these recipes for your Cinco de Mayo party – I think you’ll enjoy these twists on a classic Mexican dish!
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