Big Game Day is drawing near. Fans gather to cheer on their favorite team and, hopefully, celebrate its victory. Whatever the result at the end of the fourth quarter, game day watch-parties are always a fun occasion for friends and family. If you’re hosting one at home, you’ll have to create your own offense strategies to tackle food and drink preparation.
Finger foods are probably the best idea — after all, you don’t want to deal with a mountain of dirty dishes afterward. Plan for foods like salads, dips, chicken wings, deviled eggs, and everyone’s favorite: chips and guacamole. But how do you make guacamole for a crowd, all while keeping it fresh and tasty? These tips and tricks will make a winning dish everyone can enjoy.
First, how many avocados will you need for a big batch of guac? It depends on your guacamole recipe, but a good rule to follow is roughly half an avocado per person. Count your guests and divide by two, which will yield the number of avocados you’ll need. Here’s a helpful video demonstrating how to choose ripe avocados at the store by holding them in the palm of your hand and squeezing gently. If it gives a little, you have a ripe one!
The basic guacamole consists of mashed avocados, lime juice, and salt. Traditional ingredients include chopped tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, and cilantro. You can play with the ingredients and make your guacamole spicier or less so, or on the sweeter side with the addition of fruit like mangoes.
Cut each avocado in half and remove the pit. No need to stab it with a fork; simply work a spoon around the pit to remove it. You can slice or dice the flesh, as shown in this how-to video, but scooping it out with a spoon into a large bowl will be faster. Depending on how smooth or chunky you like it, you can put the avocados through the food processor for a creamy texture. If you like it chunky, mash the avocados with a fork or, even faster, with a potato masher. Or combine both methods for a surprising texture!
When avocado flesh is exposed to oxygen, it oxidizes and turns brown. In order to avoid this unsightly discoloration, eat the guacamole within two hours of being made, as you’ll learn in this video. If you must make it hours in advance or even the previous night, sprinkle lime juice over the surface and cover with cling film. Make sure that the cling film is pressed firmly against the surface with no air pockets. That way, your guac will remain bright green and fresh and delicious, as it should be.
Touchdown! Now you’re ready for game day!