Holiday Guacamole

As you guys know, I absolutely live for guacamole. And given my immense love of all things avocado, I'm a firm believer that guac isn't just for on chips or tacos. While decidedly non-traditional, I love to change up the flavors in guacamole and make it work for all sorts of different seasons, applications, and accompaniments.

My latest love? This holiday guacamole! It's colorful, festive, and has a decidedly fall/winter harvest sort of vibe. I absolutely love the bright colors and the contrast between creamy avocado and fresh fruit. It would be at home on any holiday table.

I want to reinforce the fact that this is by no means a traditional approach to guacamole. If you'd rather not use that name, you can think of it as an avocado mash. My intention here isn't to devalue classic guacamole or the culture that it comes from. Instead, my goal is to celebrate that origin while playing with the flavor profile so that I can eat it all the time!!

Being of Italian descent, Christmas time has always meant Italian food, so that's the perspective from which I'm approaching this guacamole. It's not overtly Italian, but a few subtle changes brings the flavor profile from Mexico to Italy. Most importantly, I use lemon juice instead of lime. I also add in all sorts of festive Italian fruits like pomegranate and figs, and serve it alongside Italian-inspired nibbles instead of tortilla chips. Voila- an avocado mash fit for an Italian Christmas Eve.

That said, you can take this concept to whatever culture or heritage is meaningful to you. Instead of the traditional lime juice, use lemon or even orange based on what flavor profile you're going for. Instead of the traditional cilantro, use any other soft herb like basil or parsley. You can switch up the fresh fruit; some other great options would be any sort of citrus, tropical fruits, fall fruits, or grapes- anything juicy!

Likewise, you can switch up the accompaniments. I've shown almonds and rosemary crisps here, since they matched what I was going for. But really anything would be great including pita chips, fresh bread, any veggies you love, or any sort of cracker. The sky is really the limit.

Avocados are such an incredible, luscious, creamy, delightful ingredient, and they're also so nutrient-dense. I'd happily eat avocado with just about every meal, but we especially love them as an appetizer as shown on this board. If you're going the happy hour route, I highly suggest pairing this festive guac with my Figgy Thyme Gin Fizz or my Rosemary Fig Old Fashioned, and maybe some Sweet and Salty Stuffed Figs too, just for good measure.

What are you celebrating this time of year? Anything? Winter solstice?? Regardless of what meals you're enjoying, I'm quite sure there's a guacamole (or maybe more appropriately an avocado mash?) to match!

Please share your creation so I can see how you've interpreted the concept! Tag "The Rogue Brussel Sprout" on Facebook or hashtag #theroguebrusselsprout on Instagram.

Looking for another guacamole change-up? This Tropical Guacamole is what we always make on our wedding anniversary!

Thoughts About Ingredients
(These are all just suggestions, since rogue is more fun than recipe)
  • Few avocados
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Very generous salt
  • Few leaves of fresh basil
  • Big handful of pomegranate arils
  • 6-8 fresh figs
  • Accompaniments and dipping items of choice
Thoughts About Method
(These are all just suggestions, be creative and make it yours)
  1. In a mixing bowl, mash together your avocados, lemon juice, and salt. Taste and adjust based on your personal preferences.
  2. Add in some very finely chopped fresh basil and give it a mix.
  3. Put the guacamole in a serving dish and garnish with pomegranate seeds, lots of fresh figs, and an additional sprinkle of salt.
  4. Serve with whatever dipping items you like!


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