Rather than the expected jalapeño, this recipe uses roasted poblano or New Mexico chile for a more rounded flavor. A pinch of cumin, crumbled feta, and crisp slivered radishes flatter the avocado as well.
On a gas stove, turn a burner to high and set the chile directly over the flame, turning it with tongs, until completely charred, 5 to 8 minutes. Alternatively, on an electric stove, heat the broiler on high and char the chile on a baking sheet placed directly under the broiler. Put the chile in a bowl, cover, and set aside to steam and loosen the skin. When cool enough to handle, peel, seed, and finely chop.
Finely grate the zest from the lime and then squeeze the juice. Put the avocado in a bowl and coarsely mash with a potato masher. Stir in the lime zest and 2 Tbs. of the lime juice along with the scallions, cilantro, cumin, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Season to taste with salt and lime juice, and then fold in the chile and tomato.
Heap the guacamole into a bowl and garnish it with the radishes and feta. Serve with tortilla chips.
nutrition information (per serving):
2 Tbs., Calories
6, Fat Calories
50, Saturated Fat
1, Monounsaturated Fat
4, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips