This is definitely not your traditional guacamole
It’s not like any guacamole I’ve ever had.
This is the recipe for the Copa Cabana Tropical Guacamole that my group came up with during the Avocado Workshop at EVO.
This is the same workshop where we worked with no power other than generators, and where the tonguegasmic Crunchy Avocado Stuffed Quinoa Fritters were served.
There were many other standout moments of that evening –
Jalapeno Cucumber Margaritas
(I am not a margarita drinker – but, y’all, I WANT this recipe)
And of course… The Too Hot Tamales
As we walked, stumbled, tripped into the Lookout Cabin after a very eventful Gondola (do you say it Gon-DOH-la or Gon-Duh-la?? tangent) ride, we were each prompted to pick a slip of paper out of a bowl.
Each slip of paper had a number on it.
After introductions, deep breaths, lots of tension relieving giggles and hugs… we were instructed to find the table with our slip’s number on it and meet our team.
The team with which we would create an amazing guacamole recipe.
In 10 minutes
In the fading light
Once the go signal was given… only 1/2 the room had a prayer at getting near the table, so my team and I just laughed and chatted and compared our varied takes on guacamole.
We eventually decided to go with what we perceived to be the non-traditional.
Given the heat of the day, and the power outages.. we decided that our theme should be getaway guac.
Our male teammate suggested we theme it around the song Copa Cabana
So he and Steph went to gather ingredients and we were off…
We had 5 minutes to combine, taste, create a background story, a name and style our guacamole…
We tossed together:
Mangoes, pineapple, banana, jalapenos, lime juice, cilantro, sour cream and tortilla chips.
- 3 ripe medium avocados
- ¼ C lime juice (3 to 4 medium limes)
- 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
- ½ a jalapeno, seeded and chopped
- 1 banana, chopped
- ½ a mango, diced
- ¼ C diced pineapple
- 1 Tbsp sour cream
- Handful of crushed tortilla chips for texture
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Mix all ingredients together
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Serve with tortilla chips
We were going for texture, flavor and something a bit unique…
There were 12 teams total and the range of flavors, stories and presentations were phenomenal.
We laughed and drooled and applauded as each representative got up to present their team’s recipe.
I think every single one of us left that workshop wishing we had a chance to taste the other teams’ guacamole and get copies of their recipes.
God Bless Foodies and Social Media
Thanks to twitter and FB and the desire for the other teams’ guac recipes…
GuacFest2012 was born
GuacFest2012 is a round-up of the recipes, the attendees memories and their takes on the evening and a general blog love fest surrounding avocados.
Over the next couple of days – there will be a sharing of recipes, photos, memories, stories and general fun all surrounding our love for avocados and guacamole and blogging and food and recipes.
I will update the links daily as more participants link up.
If you’re participating in GuacFest 2012, please leave a comment and link your recipe in the linky so we can all find each other and re-connect and share!