I have started adoring guacamole absolutely now, adding its creamy richness quite often to our palate. The main ingredient behind guacamole is of course avocado without which the very existence of guacamole would come under question. Now I was not aware whether avocado is a vegetable or a fruit. It is pear shaped and looks like a fruit but its usage in salad, sandwiches reinforce the doubt of it being a vegetable. Then tomato is also a fruit, but still used extensively in the concoction of innumerable cuisines. With mingled curiosity and confusion, I scouted the cyber world for an answer and finally felt satisfied knowing that avocado is a fruit and not a vegetable. I know many people who have grown up eating avocadoes from childhood may find my confusion unusual, but incidentally I hail from a tropical country where avocadoes don't grow naturally, so needless to say, I have acquired a taste for avocado upon coming to US only where avocadoes are sold aplenty in the market.
Despite the overwhelming craze for avocadoes in US, I was doubtful of how far its taste would suit my Indian palate while trying it for the first time on our trip to Las Vegas in celebration of our 5th anniversary. There in the hotel I ordered for a chicken avocado sandwich skeptically, unsure whether I would appreciate its taste. But just one bite into the creamy layer of sandwich was enough to remove all doubts and I fell in instant love. I decided to try my hand on preparing the most celebrated concoction with avocado that is 'guacamole', which is a Mexican sauce used as dip or incorporated in salad or sandwiches to enhance the flavor, upon my return from the trip.
I have made guacamole more than four or five times now, each time making it taste better than the earlier one with just few additions and subtractions of this and that element. Mind you, guacamole is very versatile recipe and can be prepared in a variety of ways. Last Friday when I made guacamole again, I had to grab hold of some tortilla wraps to make the following. I just love to consume guacamole this way spread inside a wrap. Just lovely!!
I have made the filling using turkey, but chicken would taste equally nice and by the way both turkey and chicken are quite similar in taste, so the change of meat would not make any huge difference.
Ingredients: Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
ü 1 boneless breast of turkey or chicken (boiled and shredded)
ü 1/2 cup of cabbage (chopped)
ü 3-4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
ü 1 green pepper or capsicum (julienned)
ü 1 tomato (chopped)
ü 4 lettuce leaves (chopped)
ü Black pepper to taste
ü Salt to taste
ü 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
ü 2 tbsp jalapeno peppers
ü 1 tbsp white oil
ü Mozzarella cheese, as per taste (grated)
ü 2 tortilla wraps
ü 1/2 cup of guacamole
1) Heat oil in a skillet. When oil turns hot, toss the chopped garlic and brown them a bit before tossing the cabbage and capsicum in. Shallow fry for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Add the turkey, jalapeno peppers, balsamic vinegar, salt and black pepper. Stirring continuously, cook the mixture for 2-3 minutes until completely dry.
2) Turn the heat off and mix tomatoes and lettuce leaves into the mixture.
3) Spread guacamole across a tortilla wrap and line the above made mixture in the middle topped with mozzarella cheese. Fold into a wrap and eat.