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Pomegranate Pear Guacamole

An oversized martini glass filled with Pomegranate Pear Guacamole.

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This is not just any guacamole, this is Pomegranate Pear Guacamole. Piled high in an oversized martini glass, sprinkled with brilliant red pomegranate seeds this guacamole is a stunning holiday party dish.

Inside the pomegranate are hundreds of tiny edible seeds. These are technically called arils, in case you wanted to know, and inside the aril is the actual seed. The entire aril is edible and looks beautiful sprinkled on anything.

Technically pomegranates are in season in the northern hemisphere from September to February. However, in my local stores they start to appear at their peak of freshness in November making this a perfect appetizer for the Christmas season.

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The Pomegranate Hack

Someone once casually asked me “How do you cut a pomegranate?” It sounded suspicious, like a trick question. Were they wondering if I knew the correct method? Is there a correct method? I cautiously replied:

“I cut it in half, submerge it in a bowl of water and separate the red seeds from the outer skin with my hands. The seeds sink to the bottom and the inedible, white pith floats to the top.”

“I knew it, every fruit has a trick” this person replied. Their theory is that every food has a hack to for cutting or serving it. This may be true, I don’t know, but I was relieved that my answer was accurate enough.

Some people don’t like to cut through the skin but rather score the outside with a knife then peel it off. This method eliminates the chance of squirting your clothes with the blood red pomegranate juice but that’s one extra step I don’t bother with. No matter what method you try I suggest not wearing a white shirt for this activity.

From Everyday to Gourmet – Pomegranate Pear Guacamole

An oversized martini glass filled with Pomegranate Pear Guacamole.
Pomegranate Pear Guacamole -photo credit Jim Little

‘Tis the season to go all out. The oversized martini glass is a showy serving dish but even regular martini glasses topped with a single nacho look fancy on a buffet table. I like to use all those glasses in my cupboards that are seldom used for the purpose they were intended. Keep that in mind and see what you can come up with.

Let me know in the comments below if you liked this and how you served it.


More Guacamole Recipes

If you are a guacamole lover you might want to try these two recipes too.

This Tomatillo Guacamole has tequila and of course, people love anything with booze in it.

A bowl of homemade, tomatillo guacamole.
Tomatillo Guacamole -photo credit Jim Little

I don’t call this Avocado Chipotle Sauce guacamole but of course you could. If you love chipotles it is to-die-for.

A dish of Avocado Chipotle Sauce with grilled shrimp.
Avocado Chipotle Sauce -photo credit Jim Little

Ingredients

1/3 cup white onion, finely chopped
2 jalapeno chilies (or 6-8 slices of pickled jalapenos, rinsed)
1 tsp coarse salt
4 ripe avocados
2-3 Tbsp lime juice
¾ cup finely diced pear (use canned if you must)
¾ cup quartered seedless grapes
½ cup pomegranate seeds
GARNISH – ¼ cup pomegranate seeds

Directions

1
Puree onion, chiles and salt in a spice grinder or mash to a paste using a mortar and pestle.
2
Peel avocados. Add to onion mixture and mash coarsely with a fork or potato masher.
3
Stir in lime juice to taste.
4
Fold pears, grapes and pomegranate seeds into the avocado.
5
Pile high in a serving dish and sprinkle with additional pomegranate seeds.
6
Serve with plain nachos.

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