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Blue Cheese-Smoked Almond Guacamole


Serves 6-8

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 127

Piquant blue cheese and buttery avocado are a great pair—just think of Cobb salad. Smoked almonds, available at grocery stores, add even more depth for a rich guacamole that’s hard to stop eating.

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped white onion
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh serrano or jalapeño, including seeds; more to taste
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 6- to 7-oz. ripe Hass avocados, preferably Mexican
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped smoked almonds
  • 3/4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled (3 Tbs.), preferably Roquefort
  • 2 tsp. fresh lime juice; more to taste

Using a mortar and pestle, or the blade and side of a chef’s knife, mash half of the cilantro, the onion, the chile, and 1/2 tsp. kosher salt to a paste. Leave the paste in the mortar, if large, or transfer it to a serving bowl.

Halve and remove the pits of the avocados. Use a paring knife to score the flesh in a 1/2-inch crosshatch pattern, being careful not to cut through the skin. Use a spoon to scoop the avocado into the bowl. Add most of the almonds and cheese, the remaining cilantro and the lime juice, and mash the avocado gently with the pestle or a fork, leaving some chunks. Season to taste with more lime juice, salt, and chile. Garnish with the remaining almonds and cheese just before serving.

Make Ahead Tips

The guacamole can be made up to 1 hour ahead; cover the surface with plastic wrap and keep at room temperature.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 90, Fat (kcal): 8, Fat Calories (g): 70, Saturated Fat (g): 1.5, Protein (g): 2, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5, Carbohydrates (mg): 4, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0.5, Sodium (g): 130, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 3,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Fun recipe because it is unique, boosting the normally tame guacamole. Unfortunately I was missing a key flavor since neither of two grocery stores carried smoked almonds. Might be a seasonal or regional thing. Before you commit to this recipe make sure to check. Not sure it was worth the trouble to use a mortar and pestle: the food processor would have been adequate.

Great combination of flavors and texture. I made this for a Super Bowl party. Everyone loved it and several people asked for the recipe.

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