A New Game Day Guacamole

Happy Superbowl Sunday!  Full disclosure, I really love a good football game.  The agility and gracefulness of many players under what appears to be ongoing chaos is what draws me in – watching such a dynamic display of athletics is really fun.  I also admire the positive energy that players display as they huddle together before the next play, the celebration of every victory, large or small, regardless of what’s on the scoreboard.  Plus it’s fun to read about the off the field preparation individuals and teams put in before games, the nuances of players’ specialties, and the dedication to practice.   I personally wouldn’t go so far as to say that football is life, but we can certainly pull some lessons in positivity and productivity!

But back to today – it’s also a day of feasting for many, if not a time to look to some game day culinary traditions.  I think it can be fun to change some elements up, particularly in a way that adds nutritional benefits and flavor, which is why I wanted to feature this pomegranate-loaded guacamole.  There’s still time to make it for tonight so here we go:

Time: 10 minutes

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4-5

Special Equipment: Sharp Knife, Cutting Board

Ingredients:

– Two Ripe Avocados

– 1/2 Red Onion, Very Finely Chopped

– 1 Lime

– 1/2 Tsp Salt

– 2/3 Cup Cilantro Leaves

– 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Seeds, plus a Tbsp for Garnish

Optional: to give this more kick, add 1/2 Fresh Jalapeño Pepper, Very Finely Chopped

Steps:

– Place the red onion in the bowl in which you plan to serve the guacamole

– Squeeze all the juice you possibly can from the lime over the onion, then add the salt

– Swirl the onion/lime/salt mixture around so that the lime is entirely coated.  This will help temper the onion some, but in this recipe we’re letting a little more onion through to balance the pomegranate.

– Coarsely chop the cilantro and set aside.

– Peel the avocados and scoop the flesh into the bowl.  Mash each piece of the avocado once with the back of a fork.

– Add the cilantro and stir just enough to incorporate.

– Add the pomegranate seeds, and if using, the jalapeño, again stirring just once or twice.

– Garnish with the additional seeds and serve with hearty chips.

Enjoy the game tonight and GO SEAHAWKS!!!! (As a NY Giants fan this is the best I can do today…)

Game Day Guacamole

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