Quick and Easy Avocado Dip

Want something fast, delicious and brightly coloured to serve to your guests when they arrive?  Don’t want to spend a lot of time making it?  Here’s a simple recipe that takes only a couple of minutes to prepare (and about that long to disappear, if your friends are anything like mine).

The Ingredients:

  • 2 large, ripe avocados
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 ripe plum or roma tomato
  • 1 green onion
  • a few leaves of fresh cilantro or parsley
  • sprinkle of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • hot chili flakes (optional)

The Prep:

Open up and scoop out your avocados.  If you’ve never done this before, there’s a pretty thorough tutorial on the subject here.  Put the avocado flesh into a bowl, and mash it up with a fork.  Add the sour cream and mix well until you’ve got a creamy, consistent mixture.

Chop up the tomato and green onion into small chunks.  Roma or plum tomatoes are the best because they have a firm flesh and less juice and seeds, but any tomato will do.  Chop the cilantro leaves quite finely.  Mix this into the avocado and sour cream.

Finally, add your spices.  Just a little bit of garlic powder will do, then add salt and pepper a little bit at a time until it tastes just right to you.  Sprinkle chili flakes over the top if you like — I left that out this time because a few of my friends don’t enjoy spicy foods.

Serve with nacho chips, pita bread, crackers, veggies, or whatever else you’d like to dip.

Other Ideas:

Because this is such a simple recipe, it’s easy to change it up to suit your particular tastes.  Try adding some small salad shrimp or a can of tuna to make a more hearty spread, or preparing this in an oven-safe dish and baking it with cheese on top.  You could even make it in a bread bowl, if you’re feeling adventurous.  Mix it up in a food processor for a really creamy, even-textured spread that could be served on top of chicken.  Or just add your favourite nacho toppings and dig in.  Avocados are really healthy — they’re full of protein and they lower your cholesterol — so this isn’t just a great tasting dip, it’s also really good for you, too.

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