Don Draper said “Make it simple, but significant”. Although he was referring to something else entirely, it still perfectly describes this Classic Guacamole. Its stupidly fresh and insanely quick. We only hope you have enough Avocados to service this in bulk for all your pals. If not, you know where to find them!
Makes about 1 3/4 cups
2 tablespoons finely chopped white onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh serrano / jalapeno chile, including seeds.
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1/4 cup chopped coriander, divided
1 large or 2 small ripe avocados, halved and pitted
A squeeze of lime, if desired
Mash the onion, chile, salt (the coarseness of kosher salt helps you make the paste), and half of the coriander to a paste in a molcajete or other mortar. You can also mince and mash the ingredients together on a cutting board with a large knife or a fork, and then transfer the paste to a bowl.
Score the flesh in the avocado halves in a crosshatch pattern (not through the skin) with a knife and then scoop it with a spoon into the mortar or bowl.
Toss well (it should be like salad properly dressed in vinaigrette), then add the rest of the coriander and mash very coarsely with a pestle or a fork.
Season to taste with lime juice (if you’d like) and additional chile and salt.