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!
I loved how the avocado stays a vibrant green and how pretty it looks against the tomato and feta 🙂
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!
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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