My dad’s best friend lives in Paris and is a cool 50-something year old. He emails me every now and then to check up on me and exchange the good life of his city vs. the sometimes displeasing lifestyle of us Americans. I really do appreciate an email at 4 am, if I’m up. A history lesson on aristocrats of 16th century Europe, will help me fall asleep for sure.
When we visit France, we always stay with him. And he feeds us so well. Very well. A $750 dinner for 5 last year deserves a post of its own. I call him a bougie Cuban. He left Miami 17 years ago to make a European life for himself. I don’t mind at all.
Though he doesn’t care too much for the Superbowl, I asked him if he did prepare something for the single day where ads cost 2.7 BILLION DOLLARS, what would it be. His culinary expectations have certainly been elevated, but something about being born in Cuba and fighting against the revolution sustains all things motherland. He suggested something so damn good!
CUBAN STYLE GUACAMOLE WITH….
PINEAPPLE! Yes, good ol’ pineapple!! WOW! I was so surprised to get his email that mentioned a guac he used to eat in Cuba with this yummy fruit. This recipe is for the readers of the Washington Post food section….We’ve been having a discussion on the best salsa’s for tomorrow’s bowl game. Traditional salsa won hands down with different variations, but I suggested a guac they’d probably not had before– nor I had truthfully. And for M who loves food just as much as I do… only he’s a two-time expat that is a professed connoisseur of French cuisine.
I literally just made this, in hopes of saving it for tomorrow but between my friend and her brother, it was gone in 5 minutes. We didn’t have chips so they ate it with wheat salted crackers. Not my choice, but I tried it.
For tomorrow, please do yourself a favor and try something different! I promise you’ll love this recipe. I doubt I’ll ever make guacamole the same way again. The pineapple adds that perfect touch of dulce that I so need in my life right now.
If you do try it, let me know!
Eat well, love unapologetically, pray with true intention, and take care of yourself.
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Cuban-Style Guacamole W/Pineapple
Ingredients:This recipe is good for about 5 people. Double if you want to feed the masses.
- 2 Haas avocados
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cumin * (you don’t have to, but I think it’s great to add)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil (optional)
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 1.5 cup fresh pineapple, small chunks
- 1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
- 1/4 cup tomato, diced
- 5 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
Cut avocado in half and remove seed. Place in medium serving bowl, scooping out all of the avocado with a teaspoon. Mash avocado with fork, allowing some chunks to remain. Mash & stir longer if you want a smoother dip. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin. Drizzle in olive oil. Add garlic, onion, tomato, red pepper, and mix well. Add and gently stir in pineapple and cilantro. Adjust for salt. Serve and please do enjoy! Serves about 5.
* in answer to some questions, this recipe does not call for lime. I was surprised as well but the pineapple compensates for it. Trust me, you won’t miss it!