Blue Cheese and Bacon Guacamole is a quick and easy appetizer to prepare when you are craving something out of the ordinary. It boasts all of the classic guacamole flavors, plus the briny taste of blue cheese, while the smoky crunch of crisp bacon is infused throughout!
You can prep the ingredients while your bacon is cooking and have this ready to serve in less than fifteen minutes!
Ingredients You Will Need
- Ripe Avocados - The skin should be black and the avocado should feel slightly soft to the touch when squeezed, but not mushy.
- Red onion - You can substitute white or yellow onions, but the pungent flavor of red onion works particularly well in this dip.
- Jalapeno - Substitute a serrano pepper for even more kick!
- Lime - Fresh lime or bottled lime juice both work well.
- Cilantro - Always use fresh cilantro. Dried cilantro doesn't have much flavor.
- Bacon - I prefer regular cut bacon over thick-cut for this recipe.
- Blue cheese - Blue cheese is the star of this show, if you don't like blue cheese, try my roasted tomatillo guacamole instead.
How to Make this dip
This is a very easy appetizer to whip up. The avocados need to be peeled and pitted, then mashed in a large bowl. Ideally, I like the texture of the mashed avocado to be slightly chunky yet.
I typically add all of the ingredients to the bowl prior to mashing. However, there is no reason you can't mash first and then gently fold the remaining ingredients in with a spatula.
Taste for salt once everything is combined. The salt needed will vary depending on the size of your avocado and the saltiness of your bacon.
To make this recipe you will want to have a lime juicer on hand. It is certainly possible to just squeeze the juice out of the limes by hand, but I find a good lime press will give you a better yield and leave you with cleaner hands.
How to serve it
This is perfect to serve with tortilla chips. However, you can get far more creative than that! Paint it on a slice of toast and serve the most incredible tasting open-faced avocado and egg sandwich ever! You can even use it like a condiment loaded on a sourdough turkey panini, although I would add it after the panini has been heated.
Tips and Tricks
- Using a potato masher works well for mashing the avocado. However, a fork can be used in a pinch.
- Lime juice prevents the avocado from oxidizing as easily, so don't eliminate it.
You can store guacamole for one or two days if it is refrigerated properly. I recommend placing a sheet of plastic food wrap directly on top of the surface of the guac and pressing it tightly to eliminate air bubbles. This will prevent the avocados from oxidizing.
Using avocado pits to prevent the guacamole from oxidizing is not a good method. The pit will only keep the avocado it is directly touching green. This is simply because it is preventing air from touching that portion of the surface. It is better to use plastic wrap.
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Blue Cheese and Bacon Guacamole
- 3 ripe avocados
- ½ medium red onion minced
- 1 small jalapeno minced (remove seeds)
- 1 lime juiced
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
- ½ pound bacon cooked and crumbled
- salt to taste
- Cut avocados in half and scoop out the flesh into a bowl, removing the pit. Add chopped onion, jalapeno, lime juice, cilantro, bacon, and blue cheese.
- Mash the mixture until it is creamy with some chunks remaining.
- Salt to taste.
- Serve with tortilla chips.
This recipe was originally published on FoxValleyFoodie.com December 30, 2015.