Look on the Bright Side, No Super Bowl Party Means More Guacamole Dip for You

Jennifer Geer

And you'll want it if you try this recipe.

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It’s a strange year overall and a strange year for the Super Bowl.

For instance, one of the star quarterbacks almost had to sit out the Super Bowl this year because of a haircut. As Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs sat in line with 20 of his teammates last Sunday for a haircut, the news came in that the team barber had tested positive for Covid-19.

Luckily for Mahomes, he wasn’t in close contact, so he’s in the clear.

Yes, Sunday is bound to be different. The Chiefs won’t arrive in Tampa Bay until Saturday, the crowds will be limited, media interviews will all be virtual, and Americans are advised not to gather together to watch the big game.

Even the commercials won't be the same. No Pepsi, Budweiser, or Coke ads, but you can expect newcomers that did especially well during the Covid outbreak to make their first Super Bowl ad spot appearances, like Robinhood, Doordash, and Fiverr.

Super Bowl parties are not recommended

The question for health experts is, will we experience another Covid spike after Sunday? Cases have been steadily decreasing since the holiday season, but the Super Bowl could drive it back up again.

The consensus from the health experts is: do not have a Super Bowl party. Do not go to the bar to watch the game.

You can still celebrate with your quarantine bubble, and watch the ads, and eat snacks, and hopefully witness an exciting game.

And nothing is stopping you from eating party food for your small celebration. I don't think a Super Bowl is a Super Bowl without nachos and guacamole.

Here is the key to the best homemade guacamole you can have.

Keep it simple

I’m all about simplicity in my cooking. The sooner I can get out of the kitchen and start eating, the better. Fresh ingredients are perfect for uncomplicated recipes where their natural flavors shine.

And nothing is more simple than guacamole. It’s best made with very few ingredients, all of them fresh. Don’t even think about using garlic powder or store-bought lime juice on your avocados.

The best guacamole I ever had was at a tiny Mexican restaurant where the waitress wheeled out a cart full of ingredients and mashed the guacamole right at the table in front of us. The ingredients she used has become my go-to guacamole recipe. And there’s never any leftovers.

How to Choose Ripe Avocados

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There are many types of avocados, but the variety you will most likely find in your grocery store is the Hass avocado. It has dark green colored skin with bumps and is pair-shaped.

You can’t tell if an avocado is ripe by its color. You will have to feel it. You can check avocados for ripeness by gently pressing on them. If they have no give, they are underripe and need to sit out on the counter for a few more days. If they give a little, they’re ripe. If they give a lot, they’re overripe, and cutting into them will most likely uncover a brown, stringy fruit.

How to Cut an Avocado

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Avocados are easy to prep, once you know how.

  1. Slice it in half longways going around the seed.
  2. Rotate the halves until the avocado is open, revealing the pit.
  3. Take a spoon and scoop out the pit.
  4. You can then make cuts in the avocado, being careful not to go all the way through the skin.
  5. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon.

Health Benefits of Avocados

Technically, avocados are a type of fruit. But unlike fruits, they are mostly full of fat rather than carbohydrates.

The good news is, it is the healthy kind of fat. The omega-3 fatty acids found in avocados have many benefits, including heart health, reduced inflammation, and improved mood.

Avocados are also high in fiber and full of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6 as well as magnesium, potassium, niacin, and folate.

They contain more potassium than bananas. They've been shown to lower cholesterol, and they may even help your body absorb nutrients.

The Best Guacamole Recipe

Makes: 2–4 servings, Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 diced jalapeno or serrano pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • kosher salt, to taste

Instructions

Mash the avocados with a fork. Add all other ingredients and mix until combined. Taste and adjust the salt until you have the perfect flavor. If you like your guacamole on the tangy side, add more lime or orange juice.

Notes on adding or eliminating the heat

If you are making this for children, or anyone who does not tolerate spicy foods, feel free to leave out the jalapeno pepper. For a mild flavor with a hint of heat, deseed the jalapeno before dicing. For extra spice, add 2 jalapenos, or 1 serrano pepper.

Final Thoughts

Don't let this Super Bowl be a superspreader event. We can skip the parties for one year. It's only one year, and I am sure next year will be different. Well, I should say, I am hopeful next year will be different, and we can meet again to eat food and drink and watch the game. But this year, it's not worth the risk.

Besides, the fewer people at your party, the better you can pay attention to the game.

And, most importantly, fewer people means more guacamole.

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