East-Meets-West Guacamole

Serves 6 (makes 3 cups)

The classic Southwestern avocado dip takes on an Eastern slant with the addition of water chestnuts, five spice powder and hot sesame chile oil. Add an Indian touch by serving with our Spicy Pita Chips.

Ingredients: 
  • Guacamole
  • 3 medium ripe Haas avocados
  • 1/2 red onion, diced, diced
  • 1/2 cup water chestnuts, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sesame chile oil
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 cilantro sprigs
  • Spicy Pita Crisps
  • (6 pita breads make 48 pita crisps)
  • 1 package pita bread
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Canola or olive spray oil
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Method: 

Cut avocados and scrape all of pulp into a medium bowl.

Roughly mash avocado while mixing in red onion, water chestnuts, garlic, cumin, five spice, sesame chile oil, cilantro leaves, lime juice and salt, making a coarse, thick and creamy mixture. Set aside while preparing crisps.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice each pita bread into 8 wedges (like a pie). Gently separate each wedge by pulling it apart three-fourths of the way. In a small bowl, combine cumin, paprika, five spice, garlic powder, sesame seeds and salt. Spray each pita crisp with oil. Immediately sprinkle with spice mixture to coat lightly. Transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Be careful not to burn spices or they will be bitter. Drain pita crisps on a paper towel and transfer to a platter.

Garnish guacamole with cilantro sprigs and sliced green onions and serve room temperature or chilled with pita crisps.

Pita crisps will keep for a month if stored in an airtight container. If they loose their crispness, warm in a 350°F oven for 5 minutes.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:350 calories (140 from fat), 16g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 530mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 10g protein
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