But as I'm scanning the recipe, the number of ingredients seems too many for such an innocuously simple-looking item. And that got me to thinking about a minimal guacamole recipe.
The lowest-hanging answer would be simply mashed avocados. But is that too simple? Would that not more properly be best described as just "mashed avocados"? [I am ignoring the chips for the sake of this post; the ubiquitous existence of the phrase "guacamole and chips" supports its independence anyways.]
Some ingredients from Betty's recipe we can safely exclude: tomatoes, jalapeños, and pepper. These are definitely optional in my experience.
The contentious ingredients in regards to a minimal recipe: onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and salt.
Starting with just the mashed avocados, which would we add to our skeletal recipe first?
A tentative list:
- Lime juice
Now I need to perform the experiments and collect the data. Who wants to help?