My previous post Peach is the New Tomato caught the attention of more people than usual. Well, I mean I got several private emails on the subject. That doesn’t usually happen. The last time folks reached out to me personally and privately was when my MIL moved in with us. I’m not the only person in blog-land whose had to deal with the peculiarities of sharing their life and home with an elderly parent. I very much appreciate the support and can understand why people reached out privately. This time, it’s harder to pinpoint what clicked. However, the thing all of these emails had in common was they asked for my recipe for Peach Guacamole.
Yikes. I don’t have a recipe for Peach Guacamole. What I said is that I sometimes replace the tomato in guacamole with peach. That’s the recipe.
I was perfectly prepared to turn the page with that simple but snarky explanation. Then I thought, wait this is an opportunity for creativity. I started this blog so that I could have opportunities for creativity. I decided to set the snark aside and develop a recipe for Peach Guacamole.
My first instinct is to keep it very simple: 2 avocados, 1 peach, and a pinch of salt. I know this combination is delicious because I’ve made it just that way before. However, shouldn’t I attempt a recipe with more nuance?
The answer is yes. I should create a Peach Guacamole recipe with more nuance. Starting with balance. Peaches bring more sugar and less acidity to guacamole than tomatoes. It’s easy to reach across the taste spectrum and balance the sweet peach with zesty lime juice. 1 tablespoon is exactly right.
Once I had the flavors balanced I knew I needed to add depth. Creamy and smoky is a deeply nuanced combination that works for me – so I added chopped bacon. Not too much bacon. Bacon can easily dominate. The heat I like in guacamole comes from just enough jalapeño, and in my world, there’s some cilantro. However, these are optional. I considered minced red onion, but in the end decided that was simply a bridge too far.
Now, the next time someone asks me for my Peach Guacamole recipe, I can set the snark aside and send them this link. GREG