Now that there’s very little prospect of going out for a “normal” meal any time soon, some of the food industry’s biggest names have been forced to think on their feet. Instead of flooding the market with ever more mad, bacon-heavy burgers and breakfast options, many have decided that now is the time to reconnect with their audience. In many cases, this has meant revealing the secrets behind their most popular recipes.
Already, big beasts such as McDonald’s, Burger King and The Cheesecake Factory have done their bit to make lockdown a little more bearable, providing the blueprints to dishes like the Sausage and Egg McMuffin and Whopper. Now, much to the relief of Tex Mex fans, the executive chef of popular chain Chipotle has decided to muscle in on the action, showing the world how to make the restaurant’s famous guacamole.
In a 26-minute video originally posted in a live stream to Chipotle’s IGTV, chef Chad Brauze revealed the step by step guide to recreating the delicious green dip. As Brauze himself explained, "I guarantee you it's the same recipe, same style, same technique."
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The video itself is full of useful hints and tips for making guac, such as slicing an avocado by moving the fruit rather than the knife, and substituting lemons for limes if you have one or the other. The clip was also accompanied by an ingredients thread, posted to Twitter, which added:
"Chipotle Guac Recipe, a thread. Ingredients: 2 ripe Hass avocados, 2 tsp lime juice, 2 tbsp cilantro (chopped), 1/4 cup red onion (diced), 1/2 jalapeño including seeds (diced), 1/4 tsp kosher salt."
Brauze also advised cooks to not mash aromatics like onion and coriander into the avocado fresh, and this causes them to lose some of their potency. As he put it:
"All those aromatics, you want them to release flavour in your mouth, not necessarily into here," as he points to the bowl.
"When you start to mash it, that's when you get old flavoured onions, so we had a sharp knife, we cut small pieces, that way when you bite into them you get a nice burst of flavour."
While guac at home might not deliver the atmosphere of a meal out, having the wherewithal to recreate the food is definitely worth celebrating. Next time you fancy some chips and dip, you now know what you should be watching first.