They are super tasty, and packed with good fats.
But they are notoriously challenging. I mean, good luck buying a ripe avocado in the store. It’s never going to happen. They’ll either be not yet ripe, or too ripe. That’s the nature of those little green beasts.
I don’t often have them in the house for this reason. I recently tried the President’s Choice frozen avocados, and they were a great option for making guacamole, but you can only get them at the bigger Superstore (which I don’t often get to). My local No Frills doesn’t carry them.
So. Let’s say you’re stuck in a bind, and your bind looks like this: you want to have tacos for dinner, or some other kind of Mexican dish that would be great topped with a dollop of guacmole. But you don’t have any avocados. And you don’t even want to run out to the store to get one, because, let’s face it, chances are there’s no way you’re going to get one that’s ripe.
Enter Faux Guac.
Yup, Faux Guac, or Mockamole, will fool almost anyone into believing that they are eating guacamole, but it doesn’t have any avocados in it. It’s made, believe it or not, with frozen peas. And who doesn’t have a bag of frozen peas in their freezer? I mean, I keep a bag in there mostly for those times when I or my progeny need to ice something.
It’s basically frozen peas, plus traditional guacamole ingredients, and it makes for a pretty tasty dip.
Faux Guac or Mockamole
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp caramelized onions
- 1 tsp cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp chopped chipotle peppers (or dried chipotle powder)
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped herbs, like cilantro, parsley or chives
- Place the frozen peas in a colander, and run water over them until they are thawed. Allow to drain.
- Place the peas, onion, garlic and cumin in a blender or food processor and season well. Blend until smooth but still a bit chunky.
- Remove the lid and scrape down the bowl.
- With the motor running, add the lime juice and then the olive oil. Scrape down the bowl again one more time and blitz.
- Remove from the blender and stir in the fresh herbs and chipotle.
- Serve with chips or alongside tacos.