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Old 07-01-15, 08:10 PM
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Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1...-pea-guacamole

INGREDIENTS
½ pound fresh sweet peas, shucked (about 1/2 to 2/3 cup peas)
2 small jalapeños
2 tablespoons packed cilantro leaves, chopped, more for garnish
¾ teaspoon salt, more as needed
3 small ripe avocados, mashed
2 scallions, whites only, sliced as thin as possible (about 1/4 cup)
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime, more as needed
1 tablespoon toasted sunflower seeds
Flaky sea salt, for serving
Tortilla chips, for serving
Lime wedges, for serving

PREPARATION
Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and prepare a bowl with water and ice. Plunge peas into the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 1 minute. Drain peas and immediately transfer to the ice bath. Drain.
Heat broiler to high and broil one of the jalapeños on a heatproof pan. Cook, turning occasionally, until jalapeño is completely charred. Transfer to a small bowl, cover tightly in plastic wrap and let sit for 15 minutes. When cool enough to handle, use a towel to wipe off the charred skin. Halve, seed and devein the roasted jalapeño. Then halve, seed, and mince the remaining raw jalapeño.
In a blender or the bowl of a food processor, purée peas (reserving 2 tablespoons for garnish) with roasted jalapeño, minced raw jalapeño, cilantro and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Process until almost smooth but still a little chunky.
In a medium bowl, combine mashed avocado, scallions, lime zest, lime juice, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pea purée. Adjust salt and lime juice as needed and garnish with fresh peas, sunflower seeds and flaky sea salt. Serve with tortilla chips and lime wedges.
The NY Times has created a bit of a stir by saying that peas belong in guacamole. Is this an acceptable variant? Or a crime against food?
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

no peas for me. like my guac nice and smooth...
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

POTUS says "no peas"... and I agree with him. Ewwww!
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Peas? Sunflower seeds? What is this madness?

On the other hand, I always include tomatoes (and onions, but I suppose the scallions can substitute).
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Chipotle has recently published their guacamole recipe:

https://chipotle.com/guac-recipe


2 ripe Hass avocados (In the restaurant, we use 48 per batch, multiple times per day)
2 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp cilantro (chopped)
1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)
1/2 jalapeño, including seeds (finely chopped)
1/4 tsp kosher salt
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Maybe try it before judging.

All they are saying is give peas a chance.
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Are the peeled peas to add to the creamy texture? Who are they trying to appease?
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Peas in guacamole? WTF?
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Uhh, no.

New York Times. 'nuff said.
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

This is so weird sounding I have to try it. No kitchen for 3 weeks, but if I remember, I'll report back!
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Originally Posted by AGuyNamedMike View Post
Uhh, no.

New York Times. 'nuff said.
New York City!?!

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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

peas in guac? burn the witch.
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Peas in her butt?
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Fuck no. Damn hipster fusion recipes.
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

I can't stand Avocados, so I'm understandably not a fan of Guacamole.... however, my neighborhood K-Roger recently had these rare Jumbo "Albino" Avocados on sale in the produce section:



They were mighty tasty when diced and sauteed butter with garlic and mushrooms.
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Never once in all my days of eating Mexican food all over California, the Southwest, and Mexico have I ever even heard anyone mention the idea of using peas. Fucking New York.

That fact that it adds a cooking and chilling step and a food processor to the preparation makes it fucking ruinously dumb. Real guac is a simple recipe that requires no cooking, just a knife and a spoon.
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Um...NO!

As a Texan, and have eaten all matter of Guac style and types, I've never heard of such foolishness. I've thrown in a hatch green chili or two before, and even gone wild and used a bit of lime in addition to lemon. But peas? Silliness.
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

No.
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

No peas in our time.
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Love guac hate peas... Honestly peas?!
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Avocado
Lime
Cilantro
Garlic
Salt

That is all that should be in guacamole.
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

That may be the most convoluted guac recipe I've seen. Mine is similar to the Chipolte recipe although I don't measure. Scallions? Peas? Sunflower seeds?
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

The next time you go to that local restaurant that makes killer table guac, count how many peas they throw into the mix...

GOOSE EGG!

Actual geese eggs, on the other hand, might come aplenty. This, however,
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

To be fair, this is based on the guacamole “recipe” at ABC Cocina which has been widely lambasted for years; the criticism has been unheard by the fashionable new media types that go there for lunch.

Disregard it, and NYT's poor judgment in publishing this idiocy.

Pete Wells, at least, didn't even mention the guac in his review.
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Re: Guacamole: Peas or no peas?

Here's the description for the restaurant The Bus is talking about:
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's upscale farm-fresh eatery serves Latin American fusion in a glam space.
Based on that, I can see why they would put all that random stuff in their guac.

Doesn't mean it belongs there, and I definitely won't be making this at home.

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