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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Guacamole with Tomatoes & Bell Peppers #French Fridays with Dorie

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Guacamole with Tomatoes & Bell Peppers-simplelivingeating.com


HOLY GUACAMOLE... the French have ADOPTED this very American appetizer and are serving it at their chic restaurants? Peut-il être? Can it be? According to Dorie Greenspan Guacamole has become a "standard" in many Paris establishments... and I thought the French were set in their food ways.


Guacamole with Tomatoes & Bell Peppers-simplelivingeating.com

Now I love the way they use it, not just as a chip and dip thing, but as a layer in a salmon tartare or topped with shrimp on toast... maybe a scoop in a gazpacho... WOW. I need to re-think Guacamole! I have been underutilizing it... 


Guacamole with Tomatoes & Bell Peppers-simplelivingeating.com

Well, this version of Guacamole is not my standard way of making it. I tend to be a purist. I like my guacamole to be basically avocado with some garlic, onion, cilantro and lime. I enjoy eating it with a variety of salsas of different heat and peppers. This way some bites can be more salsa or more guacamole and I can take a break from the spice...etc.  


Guacamole with Tomatoes & Bell Peppers-simplelivingeating.com

By blending avocados, with red onions, jalapeño, hot sauce, tomatoes and bell peppers Dorie puts it all together in one bowl. It was tasty, but I still enjoy pairing salsa on the side... on the other hand my kids were gaga over this version. My son finished the leftovers without realizing that he had actually consumed more than a daily allotment of vegetables. So I may have to compromise in the future and make this version on occasion. It is festive looking!


Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 



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32 comments:

  1. This guacamole looks soooooooooo GOOD
    And I just love guacamole, and with these chips = the perfect snack :)

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    1. Guacamole is great because it's a treat that's good for you.

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  2. Guacamole looks yummy. I checked into the group but I want to make the recipes that have been made already so I will go it alone. Dorie pulls it off time after time.

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    1. I still would love if you joined us, you can always post made recipes too. The group will look at them, but it's up to you.

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  3. The dish looks lovely, tasty too. Hope to give it a try, though I am admittedly a bit purist with my guacamole and really need my cilantro/lime balance. Second time I've recently seen the guacamole in a French setting. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I still favor the pure avocado guacamole but this is a nice change. Really funny that the French would like this.

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  4. I like guacamole with lots of raw veggies in it! This looks amazing to me.

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  5. I think I'm with you on this one! I enjoyed it, but think I prefer a more basic version :)

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  6. I have to say I agree with you on this one. I kind of think of guac like a good cardigan - a great layering piece :-)

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  7. Cher is so clever, isn't she? I maybe would never have thought to pair guaC with a good cardigan! You wrote a cute Post, Diane. I liked Dorie's version also and, yes, it was easy to make. I made everything in my mortar. No other dishes. I appreciate your understanding that when you eat guacamole, it's a vegetable thing. When I sat down to have my "meal" of guac, chips and rosé, I was absolutely thinking vegetables!

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  8. I enjoyed this guacamole, and I am glad that your kids were keen on it. Funny that the French are into it, because it's a long way from home!

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    1. It must be the exotic appeal of it.

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  9. I'm with you on this, I often make a simple guacamole and fresh salsa alongside. But I thought this was good, if not what I would usually make - crunchy is not usually a word I'd describe other recipes.

    I do like the idea of using guacamole in places where you might add some chunked avocado though. And this was fun - I mean, I am happy to have an excuse for guacamole any time.

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    1. Yes, chunky for a topping... to experiement I think is a great idea too.

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  10. So funny about your son unwittingly eating his daily dose of veggies! This recipe is a keeper for that alone!

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    1. Guacamole and soup are the two ways I get my son to eat vegetables.

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  11. I'm slightly more skeptical about the claim that "the French have adopted guacamole" because I've never seen any fresh guacamole over there, only pre-made stuff, which always tastes very acidic to me. I admit to being a bit of a purist too, but it was fun to try something different and happy to hear that your son enjoyed it.

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    1. I was last in Paris 4 year ago and I didn't see it any restaurants.

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  12. Diane like you I used to make my guacamole simply but I liked this new version. I would make it again. My son and husband are not keen on avocados so there is no hope there for this being a vegetable.

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    1. I always assumed that everyone ate guacamole, even if you don't like avocados solo, bummer.

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  13. I tend to be a guac purist too, but I like it so much that I'm willing to try any kind of twist. Tomatoes and peppers sound good for summer gardeners.
    Thanks for sharing, Diane.

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  14. Diane, a beautiful presentation of your guacamole - how wonderful that it was received with such enthusiam at your house - guacamole is not a common dish around here but we are doing our best to change that - this was a nice recipe to try.

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  15. Lovely presentation and great that it was well liked! My DH ate it without complaint!

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  16. Diane, this looks great. Love me some guac.I found your recipe over at the Simple Supper Tuesday link party. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you would come over and share this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it! Here is the link http://bit.ly/1mF7z6K. Have a wonderful day!!

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  17. I love guacamole either way…I happened to enjoy the veggies in this version. Love your photos Diane…lovely presentation, too!

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  18. Dorie's version, without the peppers, is similar to the way we make it, though ours chunky and I tried Dorie's smooth. When I'm really lazy, I mash up an avocado and stir in some jarred salsa and call it guacamole. Using fresh vegetables is much tastier though. Glad it was a hit with your family, a new way to sneak vegetables into your son's diet!

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  19. Delicious guacamole without peppers is delicious thanks for sharing with hearth and soul blog hop.

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  20. I have never put bell peppers in the guacamole, this is a new ingredient for the guacamole, can't wait to try it. Hope you have had a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  21. Scrumptious! Pinned. Thanks so much for being a part of our party! Please join us tonight at 7 pm. We love having YOU! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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