Eat well this week and enjoy avocado dip! Photo courtesy of DuoDishes.com
LOS ANGELES—It’s Labor Day weekend, and your grill is probably heating as we speak. Hamburgers and hot dogs should not be the only dishes on the menu. Keep in mind delicious appetizers will go a long way and keep people occupied before the main meal. Here in California, we love our avocados, and this recipe takes advantage of their creamy texture and palatable flavor to create a smooth dip that goes well with vegetables, crackers, or even slathered on your burger. It is bursting with green essence from not only avocados, but also cilantro, Serrano pepper and green onions. Slide a bowl of this dip on the table, and it will be gone before you know it.
Avocado Dip – Serves 10 to 12
5 large avocados, pitted and diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Serrano pepper, finely diced
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup sour cream or crema Mexicana
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/2 teaspoon ground chili powder
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1. Place avocado pieces, cilantro and garlic in a food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Place cream cheese into a medium sized bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add sour cream, Serrano pepper, green onion, lime juice, zest, honey, spices and salt. Mix well.
3. Scrape puréed avocado into the bowl and mix until well combined. Cover and chill until ready to serve.