You’ve got it all planned out: the guest list, the drinks, and best of all, a menu that includes your absolute favorite guacamole recipe. And then you realize. . . What are you going to serve it in? And do you even have a dozen matching dishes?
If you’re looking to spice up your next dinner party or game day with something more eye-catching than a little jalapeño, try out one or two of these inexpensive, DIY bowl solutions to serve guacamole and other dips. Before you make your guac, though, make sure you know how to choose perfectly ripe avocados (It’s easy: Give a gentle squeeze) or how to ripen not-quite-ready avocados using other fruit and a paper bag.
If you are careful slicing and dicing the fruit, you will be left with two neat little half avo skins that you can reuse as small, single-serving guacamole dishes. Just spoon the guac back into the skins and serve. These work great if you want to do a buffet-style appetizers table where guests can pick up their own individual dip.
More Stuffed Stuff
If you take a look in your fruit bowl or vegetable crisper, you’ll find lots of other items just waiting to be turned into guac-bearing vessels. When cored, apples become a pretty, unexpected “bowl”, and green, red, orange, or yellow bell peppers can perform the same function. Just make sure you’ve chopped the top off, cleaned out the seeds, and wiped the outside before filling with guacamole. And if you’re serving a crowd, a cauliflower can have the center florets trimmed out (don’t throw them away — they can be used instead of chips!), with the resulting hollow a generous-sized bowl for your delicious green dip.
Taco bowls made from tortillas are the ultimate edible serving dish and they pair naturally with guac. And you don’t have to buy them — as long as you have a muffin tin (which you’ll turn upside down before baking), you’ll be able to make the bowls yourself in just a couple minutes. Unlike the fruit and veggie-based bowls, remember that guac left to rest in bowls will make the tortillas soggy, so don’t add the guac until you’re serving it to guests, and don’t heap so much into the bowl that it will sit there for a long time.
So corn tortilla bowls are the bomb, but if you love cheese, then there’s really nothing better than these baked cheese bowls. This recipe calls for parmesan, but you can also try them with Oaxacan string cheese, quesillo, or any other kind of cheese that gets crispy when baked or fried.
The Bacon Bowl
The perfect bacon bowl can be a challenge to achieve, but luckily, the Internet is ready to help you with a tutorial! The Perfect Bacon Bowl allows you to get a sturdy, crispy cooked bacon bowl every time. Fill with guac and try to wait for your guests before digging in!
Now that you have lots of creative ideas for how best to serve your guac, how about a few creative tips on how to preserve it in case your guests are late arriving or you simply want to save some for later? After you prepare your guacamole, to keep it green until your guests arrive, simply pour a thin layer of milk over the top of it. When ready to serve, simply pour the liquid off. If you still have some leftover after the party, you can add freshly squeezed lime juice to it, cover it, and put it in the fridge. Check out these videos to show you how and for more tip!