Too Many Peaches?
This recipe for Peachy Guacamole is the answer to still using up my fresh peaches from our local farmer’s market, Shady Crest Farm Store.
Lucky for me, I overbought the last time I was there, and a few of the peaches needed a little extra time to ripen. I forgot about them sitting on my counter, and today they reached that stage just before being too ripe. In other words, they needed to be used…Today.
So I made a batch of Peachy Guacamole since I had a couple of avocado also needing to be used…Today.
How to make this Peach Guacamole
Be sure to scrub the avocado and the peaches before cutting them.
Using a large knife, cut the avocado, top to bottom, with stem being the top.
Twist to separate the halves.
Now here is where things can get interesting (and dangerous). At this point, need to remove the pit. Removing the avocado pit can be done a couple of ways. But be super careful!
Combine the ingredients and serve.
How to Cut an Avocado
You can leave the avocado on a cutting board and slice it with the avocado resting on the board. Here’s a great article on Cutting an Avocado on a Cutting Board.
This is actually the safest method of cutting an avocado. Since avocados have risen in popularity, “avocado hand” injuries on the rise, with many visits to the ER being reported. The makeup of the avocado, with it’s tough outer shell and soft inner fruit, the knife can easily slip as pressure is put on the outer peel. And also there’s the task of removing the pit.
My preferred method is to jut put the avocado half in my hand and tap a knife into it. Place a clean kitchen towel in your hand nondominant hand (the one not holding the knife). Place the avocado half with the pit still attached in the towel.
So why use a towel? It’s the lack of aim when tapping a sharp knife into the avocado pit. You could miss for a variety of reasons (bad aim or slippery avocado). So use the towel
Tap the knife gently into the pit until the knife enters the pit. You may have to tap it a couple of times, using a lightly harder than gentle tap to make contact.
Twist the knife and the pit should release. If not, use a spoon to scoop it out.
Cut a few slices and cubes into the avocado, and scoop it out into a bowl to be used in your recipe.
This recipe for Peachy Guacamole is super easy to make. Just swap peaches for the tomato used in my usual guacamole recipe. It has just the right amount of sweetness to make the guac taste just that much different. It turned out to be a nice variation of my favorite dip.
- 2 small peaches peeled and diced (see notes for easy peeling)
- 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice divided
- 2 avocados peeled and pitted
- 1/4 small red onion finely diced
- 2 small jalapeños seeded and diced (or leave them if you like it SPICY)
- 1/8-1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 clove garlic minced (or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder)
- Salt to taste
- In a medium bowl, TOSS the peaches with 1 Tablespoon of lime juice. (This keeps the peaches from turning brown as you prep the other ingredients)
- In a separate bowl, MASH the avocados, remaining lime juice with a fork or potato masher until creamy. ADD in the onion, jalapeños, cilantro, cumin and garlic w. STIR to combine.
- GENTLY mix in the peach mixture into the mashed avocado. Add salt to taste.
- Note: Peel peaches by bringing a medium size pot of water to a boil. Cut an X in the bottom each peach. Place into the boiling water and cook for 30 seconds. REMOVE peaches and place in ice cold water. Skin should peel easy.