Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday or Eight Million Pounds of Guacamole

Somewhere along the way Super Bowl Sunday has practically turned into a National Holiday.  It's a great day to eat and drink with friends and family, watch the new television commercials and half-time entertainment, all the while rooting for your favorite football team--The New Jersey York Giants in this case. In fact, it is said to be the second-largest food consumption day in the U.S. after Thanksgiving.

So it is no surprise to learn, according to the Hass Avocado Board, that 69.6 million pounds of avocados are sold to produce the 8 million pounds of guacamole consumed on Superbowl Sunday.

My task is to make the guacamole to take to a friend's home for the Super Bowl. And I am very particular about my guacamole.  Some is too chunky, deconstructed guacamole if you please.  Some is too smooth with no texture whatsoever.  But mine is just right, well for me anyway.

I learned to make guacamole when I lived in Guadalajara in the early 1970's, and continue to make it this way. The above ingredients are my constants, Hass avocado, yellow onion, tomato and salt.  Depending on my audience, I will add cilantro and chile peppers, but no lime.  I will put the avocados in a bowl and coarsely mash to my preferred consistency then mix in the rest of the ingredients.  Of course, you can make this with a mortar and pestle with great results. Great served with small warm tortillas and, of course, tortilla chips.

Since today is World Nutella Day, I just had to bring these amaretti cookies sandwiched together with Nutella.


  1. We have the same guac recipe! I just made some last night to go with my green chili with chicken - YUMMO! Although I did a drive-by on both Superbowl & Nutella day this year. Wasn't up for either - but love/LOVE your amaretti cookie idea, Michele. As always, delicious food, drool-inspiring photography. Hugs!

    1. Although I missed your addition of a Nutella recipe this year, you passing your wine test was worth it.

  2. I'm going to take your advice and skip the lime today.

  3. Mercy that's an amazing amount of avocado-eating.
    I would trust your guac to be exceptional--I'll have to try it w/out lime.

  4. I know. Who knew we ate so many avocados on Super Bow Sunday? When I lived in Mexico, lime was not added to the guacamole, so I just stuck with that.

  5. I could really go for some of that authentic looking guacamole! I haven't made it in forever because my husband gets an instant stomach ache from avocado. Not to say that I couldn't eat the whole thing myself!

  6. I know what you mean.I save my favorite foods, such a grilled cheese, for when my husband is not home for dinner. I wrote a post once about what people eat when they are alone. An interesting topic.