Holy Guacamole! A Few Recipes...

As promised, here are a few of the Guatemalan recipes I used for Isabella's party. Sorry it took so long for me to post. It's hard to blog without a computer!! Yes, unfortunately my laptop officially bit the dust. Poor me! I can't check regularly on all of you... my favorite blogger friends! All we have is Kirk's work computer, and he WON'T SHARE WITH ME because he works pretty much 24/7. I snuck some time on it tonight, though, when I sent him out on an errand-- Hee! Hee!
I'm posting four recipes for you. They are Guatemalan staples and super easy & yummy!

Arroz Guatemalteco
(Guatemalan-Style Rice)

2 cups long grain rice
2 Tablespoons oil
1 cup mixed vegetables (like carrots, celery, sweet red peppers, green peas), finely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups chicken stock

Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan and add rice.
Sauté lightly until the rice has absorbed the oil, being careful not to let it change color.
Add the mixed vegetables, salt, pepper, and chicken stock.
Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low.
Cool for about 20 minutes until rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
Serves 6 to 8.

red onion
salt and pepper

The first thing that you do to make guacamole is use 1 tablespoon of chopped red onion. Add salt, a little pepper, but not too much- then you begin squeezing limes. So basically you're forming a marinade. What that does is it takes the bitterness away from the onions. For every 3 avocados add one full lime. Ideally, you would want this to sit for approximately 10 minutes before you add the avocado.
While that's marinating you can chop your cilantro. You want to chop your cilantro right before you add it.
Next, open the avocados and scoop out the flesh. Then all you have left to do is mash it. You're going to want to find a home-sized potato masher which will make it much easier. Or you can also use a fork. The more that you mash it, the smoother your guacamole will be. Of course as soon as avocados hit air they begin to oxidize and turn gray. Add a sprinkle of lemon juice-- and that will keep the avocados greener for longer.

Note: I learned to put the pit on top of the guacamole (at the end). I saw first hand how it really keeps the guacamole green for a long time. Don't worry about storing the leftovers... There won't be any!!!

Homemade Corn Tortillas
One bag of Maseca (or any brand) dry corn tortilla mix
Follow package instructions for the ratio of tortilla mix to water
Form the masa (dough) into little balls the size of golf balls
Pound the dough ball between the palms of your hands until it is flat and round like a little tortilla
Note: I bought a tortilla press (see picture below) for $17 at Linens and Things because when I hand form them they look hilarious and not very flat and round. In fact, I caught Sandra (the awesome lady who cooked for us in Antigua) laughing at my attempts. I don't blame her! HA!
Brown the tortillas on each side in a skillet.
Keep them warm in a kitchen towel until ready to serve.
These are the bomb!

Tortilla Press

Guatemalan Black Beans

1 LB. black beans

10 cups of water

1 medium onion cut into quarters

1 Bullion cube for each cup of water


Put all ingredients in a crock pot on high for approximately 5 hours. Enjoy!

If you know of any other Guatemalan recipes, I'd LOVE to have them!!!

!Que rico!


Desire Fourie said...

Thanks for sharing the recipes. I will definitely try the Guatemalan-Style Rice.
Warm regards

Cheri (prounounced like the tree, like the fruit, as in Cherry Pie) said...

I'm planning on having a one-year birthday party and a homecoming celebration combined in September and my dear friend that can cook agreed to help cook these recipes. Thanks for posting them. The "Falling in Love" blog is one for in-process familes that was started by Candy. Hope all is going great. Cheri

Courtney said...

Yippie. I am so excited to try them Thanks for sharing. Bummer about your computer. I hope maybe you can get a new laptop. We miss you. Thanks for the yummy receipes. Courtney

Cheri and Jesse said...

Thanks so much for the recipes! I'm going to have to try them!!!

McMurrays said...

Can't wait to try these recipes esp. the black beans!
Thanks for taking the time to share. .

Jaime Salas said...

Your blog is making me hungry!!! I love trying new recipes! Especially Guacamole!

bellagirl26 said...

Thanks Stacy! I'm stealing these for my blog, so I have them handy for Ana baby!



Melissa & James said...

MMM, I love home made Guacamole! I think I'm going to have to try this very soon!

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