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Matthew Fichter April 8, 2014 English 202C Section 024

Introduction
Want the basic steps to make guacamole? It is an easy appetizer for college students to make at potluck dinners and parties. Guacamole is a healthy and delicious alternative to other processed snacks and dips that college students are accustomed to. This recipe will impress friends and they will definitely be dying to get a hold of the recipe for their parties. Guacamole is fairly simple and inexpensive to make, as long as you have all of the proper ingredients and basic kitchen equipment. The dip and chips will cost you less than $15.00 to serve around 15-20 guests. As a college student, it is difficult to have some of these elements on hand when wanting to make the dip. Luckily, guacamole can be made in a variety of ways. Here is my homemade recipe for guacamole that uses ingredients usually found in my apartment kitchen cabinets and refrigerator. The process is broken down into four simple phases: PHASE 1 Obtain the Supplies PHASE 2 Prepare the Space & Materials PHASE 3 Cut & Mash the Avocado PHASE 4 Prepare & Add Other Ingredients

These four phases contain steps and sub-steps so that you are never at a loss for what to do with each ingredient as you make the dip. It should only take about 10-15 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to chill before serving!

PHASE 1 Obtain the Supplies


STEP 1 Ingredients
3 Avocados

! Lemon

1 Tomato

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! Yellow Onion

Garlic Powder

Salt

Pepper

Chili Powder (if desired)

STEP 2 Equipment

Cutting Board

Cutting Knife

Fork

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Spoon

Mixing Bowl

PHASE 2 Prepare the Space & Materials


STEP 1 - Clear space on the kitchen counter or table top. STEP 2 - Wipe it down thoroughly until it is clean. STEP 3 - Place the cutting board, cutting knife, fork, spoon and mixing bowl on the surface. STEP 4 - Clean produce by rinsing the avocados, lemon and tomato under the
sink faucet and pat dry with a paper towel.

PHASE 3 Cut & Mash the Avocado


STEP 1 - Cut the Avocado
A. Lay the avocado lengthwise, flat on the cutting board. HINT: Place a clean dishtowel beneath the cutting board to prevent it from slipping.

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B. Hold the Avocado securely with one hand and the knife in the other.

C. Slice the avocado gently with the cutting knife until you hit the pit inside. CAUTION: Do not slice the avocado while holding it. Place it on the cutting board because the skin is also soft and the knife can cut through it and pierce the palm of your hand.

D. Rotate the avocado slowly with the knife pressed against the pit to cut around it.

E. Grab the avocado with both hands after slicing and rotate one half until it pulls apart from the other half.

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STEP 2 Remove the Pit


A. Scoop the pit out by slipping a spoon between the pit and the fruit, gently working it out. HINT: Do not discard the pit. Place it to the side to put in the guacamole before serving. The pit slows down the browning process!

STEP 3 - Slice and Scoop the Avocado out of the Peel


A. Grab one half of the avocado and slice it into three sections from top to bottom. CAUTION: Do not slice the avocado while holding it. Place it on the cutting board because the skin is also soft and the knife can cut through it and pierce the palm of your hand.

B. Turn the avocado 90 degrees and slice it three times from side to side, creating a series of small cube like pieces. CAUTION: Do not slice the avocado while holding it. Place it on the cutting board because the skin is also soft and the knife can cut through it and pierce the palm of your hand.

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C. Scoop the small avocado cubes out of the peel using a spoon and place it into the bowl. Make sure to scrap the peel clean to get all the fruit. HINT: If there are some darker, almost black, portions on the green flesh of the fruit, simply cut them away. The yellow to green portions of the avocado are what you want. Do not consume the peel! The skin may be more difficult to peel away on fruit that is not fully ripe. D. Repeat these three steps for the second half of the avocado and then again for the other rest of the uncut avocados.

STEP 4 - Mash Avocado and Prevent from Browning


A. Mash the Avocado using a fork in the bowl until it is at a desired consistency. HINT: The mashed avocado can be really creamy/smooth or chunky. It is your preference.

B. Place a lemon onto the cutting board lengthwise.

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C. Cut lemon in half. CAUTION: Hold the lemon firmly with one hand so it does not slip when cutting.

D. Squeeze the lemon juice from one half over the avocado. HINT: The acidic qualities of a lemon prevent the avocado from browning rapidly; so do not let the avocado sit too long before adding the lemon!

E. Blend the lemon juice into the avocado mixture.

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PHASE 4 Prepare & Add Other Ingredients


STEP 1 - Dice a Tomato
A. Cut a flat slice off of the top and bottom of the tomato on a cutting board while using a cutting knife. HINT: This assures that the stem is removed. It also allows you to easily prop the tomato up to easily dice it.

B. Slice the tomato into strips on a cutting board while using a cutting knife. CAUTION: Make sure to hold the fruit firmly with one hand, while slicing it with the other.

C. Dice these strips into small cubes. Desired size is based on your preference. CAUTION: Make sure to hold the fruit firmly with one hand, while dicing it with the other.

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D. Place the diced tomatoes into the bowl with the mashed avocados.

STEP 2 - Dice an Onion


A. Trim the ends off an onion on a cutting board, while using a cutting knife. CAUTION: Make sure to hold the vegetable firmly with one hand, while cutting it with the other.

B. Slice the onion in half on a cutting board while using a cutting knife. CAUTION: Make sure to hold the fruit firmly with one hand, while slicing it with the other.

C. Peel the skin away from one half using the edge of a knife.

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D. Lay the half of the onion on a cutting board.

E. Slice the half crosswise into roughly " inch semicircular strips.

F. Flip an entire section sideways.

G. Cut downward along the straight edge to create diced onion cubes. CAUTION: Make sure to hold the fruit firmly with one hand, while cutting it with the other.

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H. Place the diced onion into the bowl with the mashed avocados and diced tomatoes.

STEP 3 Add Dry Ingredients


A. Dust the top of the mixture in the bowl with garlic powder, pepper, and chili powder (if desired). HINT: If a dusting is not enough for each ingredient, you can always add more later!

B. Sprinkle 2 pinches of salt onto the mixture. HINT: Check to see if the chips you are serving the dip with contain salt or not. This will help you gage the amount of salt to add into the guacamole. Remember that you can always add more later!

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STEP 4 Mix Ingredients Together


A. Mix all the ingredients that are in the bowl together using a fork until thoroughly blended together. HINT: Make sure not to press too hard to keep the diced tomatoes intact. It looks more appealing and fresh when serving!

STEP 5 Prepare for Serving


A. Taste-test the dip. HINT: Try it with a chip that you are serving the dip with to assure that it tastes perfect. B. Add additional ingredients if necessary to desired taste. C. Place the avocado pits that were set aside into the dip to help prevent browning and to enhance the dips appeal to the eater.

D. Place the dip in the refrigerator with plastic rap over the top of the bowl for 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend together prior to serving. HINT: This is a recommended suggestion. You can eat the dip right away, but it will not be as delicious!

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Conclusion
Now that you have created some delicious guacamole, it is time to serve it to your guests! You can finally impress your college friends and even your family with this amazing recipe. They will surely be asking you for the recipe since the dip is addicting. With enough practice, you should challenge yourself by adding other ingredients and making it your own. Additional instruction sets and videos can easily be found on the Internet! Bon appetite!

Works Cited -Images on Pages 1-4 Provided by Google -Images on Pages 4-13 Provided by Sam Kim ! *$!