It never occurred to me that avocado and pistachio would make a great combination. Thankfully, it occurred to Chef Stupak at Empillón Cocina, an innovative Mexican restaurant in New York.
I love guacamole but it is so ubiquitous it can become tiresome. This version preserves traditional flavors while adding just enough of a new wrinkle to reinvigorate my taste for this old standby.
I don’t know the science but it would not surprise me to find avocados and pistachios share flavor components. It is remarkable how similar they are. The avocado hits the palate first but the transition to pistachio-dominance is seamless, with the toasted flavors of the nuts providing contrast and depth. The lime then kicks in to provide a lengthy, refreshing finish. Just choose a chip that will stay out of the way.
Without the pistachios, this guacamole would have too much onion and lime but the pistachio adds sufficient depth and contrast so the onion and lime function as flavor boosters, helping the avocado match the sweetness of the nuts.
This is a very well designed dish.
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