My kids love family snack time. Our group snack time usually occurs on a Sunday during football season. Sometimes we eat popcorn and hot chocolate, sometimes chips, salsa and guacamole. Sitting together, sharing food and cheering on our favorite team brings us together even if it is only for a short time. We sit down and have dinner together every night, but often it feels rushed. Sunday afternoon never feels rushed.
Last weekend, we watched the Pats take on the Broncos. Bubba bought the kids a Pats balloon at the grocery store. We were excited. I made my favorite guacamole and we sat together, just the 4 of us and watched our team. It felt cozy. I think I understand, now, why they like family snack time so much. We just sit together. No one is trying to get anything done. No one is rushing. By the third quarter the kids lost interest in the game. Bubba and I held out hope they would come back and win, but not this time. The next day C asked when will we have family snack again. I said soon, but what I wanted to say was: how about now Goose? Until our next easy Sunday…
This guacamole recipe is a family favorite. Even our 3-year-old loves it! I found this recipe in Bon Appetit a couple of years ago and it has since become my favorite guacamole.
This recipe calls for basil instead of cilantro and lemon juice instead of lime juice. The basil adds just a little sweetness. The lemon juice pairs well with the basil and makes the dip taste much brighter. This dip is great in the summer when fresh basil is abundant.
The next time you gather with family and friends make this dip. It comes together quickly and tastes great with tortilla chips, fresh veggies and even crusty bread. Maybe even try it on your burger this summer. Summer….
Guacamole with Basil and Shallots
Recipe from Bon Appetit
6 avocados, halved, flesh removed and diced
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped, fresh basil + more for garnish
1/2 cup shallots, finely chopped
kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
tortilla chips, fresh veggies, crusty bread
Place avocados in a large bowl and smash with a fork or potato smasher. Add lemon juice, basil, shallots. Mix gently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer dip to a pretty bowl and serve with chips and veggies. For tips on how to keep guacamole green, head to the kitchn. Enjoy!
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