Chef Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito at 100 7th Avenue South (at Grove Street) in New York City teaches me how to make traditional guacamole. The New York Times once said Patricio's cooking "takes you to a hacienda in Mexico". I love his 3 different interpretations. They were all delicious. Enjoy the recipes!
|Onion||1 , chopped|
|Tomato||1 , chopped|
|Serrano chili||1 Tablespoon|
|Cilantro||2 Tablespoon, finely chopped|
|Lemon juice||To Taste|
1) In a bowl, scoop out avocado with a spoon and mash lightly.
2) Add the rest of the ingredients and mix gently but thoroughly.
3) Serve the guacamole with fried or fresh corn tortillas.
Difficulty Level:Very Easy
Preparation Time:5 Minutes
StoryPatricio Sandoval's inspiration for Mercadito drew from his experiences shopping with his mother in Mexico at small markets. He grew up in the kitchens of his father's restaurant "Madeiras" in Acapulco, Mexico. After high school, Patricio moved to New York and was hooked. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, he combines traditional techniques with non-traditional ingredients. New York Magazine voted Mercadito's Fish Taco the best in 2006.
Exotic dishes like guacamole are always popular and if the recipe comes from Chef Patrico's award winning restaurant, there has to be something special about it. Watch this video to follow his secret to the best Mexican guacamole in New York.