It is usually the case that if you see a bowl of mashed avocado on a table, it's guacamole. And why not? We happen to love guacamole (you can read all about that here). But one of our readers, Tal, does not. She recently told us that she loves avocados but doesn't like guacamole.
Are there any avocado-based dips out there that she could make instead?
We're assuming that Tal doesn't love the classic cilantro, lime, cumin, or maybe garlic flavors that are in guacamole. And yes, there are plenty of ways to mash up avocados without adding those Mexican flavors.
Most of the dips we dug up have either sour cream, yogurt, or mayonnaise added to make the mixture creamy. Some still have lime (which helps prevent the avocado from browning), but you could always substitute lemon juice. If you want a smooth purée, this is probably the way to go; you can add any number of herbs or spices, like a dash of Tabasco or a palmful of chopped parsley or dill.
Another idea would be to highlight the avocado in a chunky salad — that could, if you're really hung up on a dip, be scooped up with pita bread. Think about what flavors you like with your avocado. Dice up other vegetables, add some corn or beans, or stir the avocado up with couscous or quinoa. Salt well and add some kick with scallions.
Here are a few more ideas:
Or try the combination pictured above: Nigella's Roquemole, from Flickr member daxiang stef, with avocados, Roquefort cheese, scallions, sour cream, and pickled jalapeños.
Related: Mixed Bean and Avocado Salad
(Image: Flickr member daxiang stef, licensed under Creative Commons)