Monday, January 11, 2010

Pioneer Woman's Pico de Gallo and Guacamole


My absolute most favorite cookbook right now is The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond. I ordered it and received it last week in the mail and I have read it from cover to cover since then. Ree started out writing a blog and decided to put a lot of her recipes into a book. All of the recipes look absolutely delicious! She also has many of them posted on her website at www.thepioneerwoman.com

We celebrated my Mom's birthday last night and she wanted mexican food. What a good opportunity to try out The Pioneer Woman's Pico de Gallo and Guacamole recipe! I have always struggled with salsa type recipes and even with guacamole. I can just never get the right mix of different flavors. I usually end up with way too much lime juice which honestly ruins it for me and as Ree mentions in the book, she used to end up with a too much tomato in her salsa and I also have also had the same problem.

These recipes could not be more simple. There are no exact measurements either which is even better. For the pico, start out by chopping your tomatoes. I went with 4 roma tomatoes. Now chop an equal amount of onion and an equal amount of cilantro. It ended up about 3/4 a large onion and most of a bunch of cilantro. Add a finely chopped jalapeno with the seeds and ribs removed. I just used one but you could do 2 if you like it real spicy. Squeeze the juice of half of a lime in the pico and add salt to taste. Eat within a day or it will get soupy.

To make the guacamole you take your avacados and mash in a bowl. Leave as chunky or as mushy as you would like. Now put in a bunch of the pico de gallo and stir. Add salt to taste and I also added some pepper. Enjoy!!

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