Jen Schall is a dear blogger friend, and soon she’ll be having a baby girl! I’m just thrilled for Jen and her husband Darron, and I’m excited to be participating in a virtual baby shower for them today.

I “brought” this Guacamole with Pistachios.

The first time Jen and I got together was in New York City a few years ago. We had planned an afternoon of walking around before joining a larger group for dinner. I must admit that I was a little nervous about meeting up because I didn’t know if we’d get along, but Jen put me right at ease from the very first moment I saw her smile. We talked the whole day away after that, and had a great time.

I’ve been lucky enough to see Jen (and her smile) twice since then at the 2nd and 3rd annual Big Summer Potlucks. Fingers crossed I get to see her there again next summer, and that she brings the baby :)

Recipe for Guacamole with Pistachios

Yield: serves 4

I wanted to bring something savory to Jen's virtual baby shower, so I attempted to recreate a delicious guacamole I had at Empellon Cocina in New York City this summer. Empellon uses picked jalapeños in their guacamole but I didn't have any: if you want to make some, Jen's got a great looking Pickled Jalapeño recipe on her blog!

Ingredients:

*2 ripe avocadoes
*2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
*2 tablespoons minced red onion
*2 tablespoons minced cilantro, or less/more to taste
*1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
*1 jalapeño chile, minced, plus 1-2 minced pickled jalapeños (optional)
*1/4 cup toasted pistachios, whole or roughly chopped (I left mine whole)
*pinch of coarse sea salt, or to taste

Directions:

1. Slice avocados lengthwise and remove the pits.

2. Scrape flesh of one avocado into a bowl.

3. Mash the avocado with lime juice, red onion, cilantro, garlic, and jalapeno(s).

4. Dice the other avocado and mix it into the guacamole, then mix in most of the pistachios. Sprinkle with the salt, mix and taste, then adjust seasonings, if necessary. Garnish with the rest of the pistachios. Serve with all natural tortilla chips, or with vegetables for dipping.

Adapted from Empellon Cocina.

Big thanks to Amber and Tracy for organizing this event!
To see what other bloggers brought to Jen’s virtual shower, please check out the links below :)

Bluebonnets & Brownies | Raspberry Lemon Fruit Dip
Sugarcrafter | Sweet Potato Cake with Honey Buttercream
My Baking Addiction | Mini Pumpkin Pies
Simple Bites | English Eccles Cakes
Stetted | Roasted Red Pepper and Caramelized Onion Dip
Food for my Family | Homemade Pear Italian Sodas with Cardamom Cream
eat. live. travel. write. | Goat Cheese and Tomato Tartlettes
Gimme Some Oven | Creamy Caramel Apple Dippers
Dessert For Two | Caramel Apple Cookie Cups
Bake at 350 | Soft Sugar Cookies for a Baby Shower
A Thought For Food | Fingerling Potato Salad
TidyMom | Apple Pomegranate Spritzers
i am baker | Advice to a New Mommy
Tracey’s Culinary Adventures | Caramelized Onion, Gruyere and Bacon Spread
What Megan’s Making | Apple Spice Muffins
Cookin’ Canuck | Gorgonzola Cheese Cups with Pear & Hazelnut Salad
Bellalimento | Frozen Berry Shortcake
Shugary Sweets | Caramel Apple Truffles
GoodLife Eats | Coconut Lemon Banana Bread

 

45 Comments

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — September 20, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    Woo hoo! YAY for Jen! Yes, I too hope she comes to BSP and that she brings the little one with her!

    Oh… and I’m DYING to try this guac! With pistachios? Really? They’re my favorite but I’d never thought to do this. Looks wonderful!

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

      Thanks Bri! And if you can get to Empellon in the city, do it. So good!

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    gluttonforlife — September 20, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    I love Empellon’s guac! The addition of pistachios is so clever. I always stock up on a few cans of pickled jalapeños whenever I pass a Mexican market. Can’t wait to recreate this!

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

      Yes I must give pickled jalapenos a permanent home in my kitchen…

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — September 20, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Thank you so much, Winnie! I am so lucky to have gotten to know you over the past few years, and I feel so blessed to have so many great friends. I am still speechless over all of the beautiful baby shower posts.

    This guacamole is absolutely perfect… Guacamole is one of my favorite foods, and I really love pistachios (and have a bag of them in my pantry just waiting for inspiration right now!). I think this is a dish I can make and then enjoy with my feet propped up this weekend. Can’t wait to give it a try. :)

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

      You are welcome!!! So excited for you, Jen!

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    Paula — September 20, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Looks to me like you re-created the perfect guacamole!

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

      Thanks Paula :)

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    Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective — September 20, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    Hey sweet Winnie, that is some good-looking guac! I kinda want to have another baby so you’ll make some for me. ;)

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

      Thanks Sommer. Ps I made you roasted tomatillo salsa last month and we LOVED it!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — September 20, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Did you know I had tacos planned for tonight? You couldn’t have possibly – but this looks like the ideal side. I need it!

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

      Thanks Aimee! Hope you are well and enjoying the fall ;)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — September 20, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    Oh my, I love guacamole. And pistachios are kind of an obsession around here – this look amazing!

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

      Thanks Erin!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — September 20, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    I would never have thought to add pistachios! Will have to try this…and maybe eat it all by myself!

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

      I might have done just that (eaten it all by myself)…ps congrats on your beautiful book, Bridget!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 21, 2012 @ 2:07 am

    I love the pistachios here, scrumptious!

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

      Thank you Laura!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 21, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    What an awesome looking guac. Pistachios? Love them.

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

      Thank you!

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    Tracy — September 23, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    Beautiful guacamole! Thank you so much for bringing it to Jen’s virtual shower! :-)

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

      Thanks for organizing the shower Tracy! Hope you are well ;)

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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — September 23, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    You had me at guacamole! Winnie, thanks so much for joining us in the virtual shower. I’m so glad we were able to surprise and delight Jen together!

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

      YES!

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    Heena — September 26, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    I love guacamole. And I love pistachios. And I never thought of putting the two together! You’re a genius. Must-try-this!

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

      Far from a genius :) Hope school and Paris are all going well!!!

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    MikeVFMK — September 26, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    Great looking guac! And I’ve come to the conclusion that pistachios make everything better. Hopefully I’ll get to meet you and Jen and the baby next summer!

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

      Yes, please!

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    deb — September 26, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

    Got so excited when I saw this as I’m such a huge fan of the guac (and pretty much everything else; please tell me you had the carrots mole!) there. The chef talks about the recipe over here, if you’re interested.

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

      Looks like I am going to have to go back for the mole, Deb! Thanks for the link, which I will check out, and best of luck with your upcoming book tour…I hope to make to one of the events xoxo

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    Skylor @Sproutlifestyle — October 4, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Wow two things I love – automatic friends and pistachios. A great combo indeed! I’ve never thought of putting nuts in guacamole – sounds so great!

    • Winnie replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

      Thank you Skylor!

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    OrGreenic — October 16, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    Pistachios seem like they would add an incredible flavor to guacamole. Thanks for sharing.

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