One of the best parts of my job is having the opportunity to work with people to develop recipes that truly reflect their needs. That’s why it’s been such a pleasure to collaborate with the Latin kitchenware company IMUSA. A household name throughout South and Central America, IMUSA has been manufacturing top quality cookware for over 70 years. Now, with Latin inspired dishes now such an integral part of the menu here in the U.S., it’s my pleasure to introduce home chefs here to the benefits of working with the right equipment for the job. My genre-bending cookbook Take This Dish and Twist It is all about exploring innovative variations to culinary classics. And with the help of the IMUSA kitchenware, it’s been a blast developing several Latin-inspired dishes that’ll hopefully inspire all of you to get in on the fun.
And what better way to get started than with some guacamole? But not just any guacamole—we’re talking my Herbed Crunchy Guacamole! For most home chefs, a mixing bowl and a fork are the tools of choice for this task. But once you’ve whipped up some guac with an IMUSA molcajete, you’ll wonder how you lived all these years without one! I know I did.
The molcajete is basically a gigantic mortar and pestle made of stone. This unique tool allows you to mash whatever herbs and peppers you use to perfection— releasing the oils for that extra punch of flavor—before gently mashing the avocado to your desired consistency. For my recipe, I chose to augment the classic cilantro with fresh chives—and replace the subtle crunch of chopped onion with the bold bite of diced radish. This added pop is not only a taste sensation, the dots of radish-red make this guacamole a unique feast for the eyes. Thanks, IMUSA—and Buen Provecho everyone!