Sometime back I came across an entree in a restaurant’s menu that was topped with crab mousse. I instantly thought of avocado mousse! I was very excited about my original idea, until I Googled it. Sigh! Not so original after all. I still give myself points for coming up with it on my own at least! This recipe turned out to be very simple and is an excellent idea for a homemade dip to wow your guests. We had some with oven baked potato wedges when our cousins came over for dinner. It was a hit!
For this recipe you will need an electric hand mixer and an egg beater attachment. If you don’t have one, borrow, since the mousse is totally worth it . The cream needs to be beaten really well and whipping by hand is doable, but it will take a long time. You will also require a blender and a deep bowl for mixing.
This is a great dip for parties. Just double the ingredients and you will end up with a huge bowl of it. Divide into small plates and distribute around the house with chips. It doesn’t take long to make.
These measurements yield plenty. You can halve it if you want. This was enough for 6-7 people.
- avocado - 1
- whipping cream - 3/4 cup
- green chilli - 1
- cilantro - 1/2 cup, leaves and stalk, loosely packed
- cumin powder - 3/4 tsp
- lime juice - 3 tsp
- garlic - 3 cloves
- salt - to taste
- Scoop out the insides of the avocado. Don't leave it outside for long. It will start turning black. Blend it along with all the other ingredients except the cream into a very smooth paste and keep aside.
- Pour the cream into the deep bowl. Using the egg beater wire whip attachment, start whipping the cream at a low speed and gradually increase to high. The cream will start to thicken and stiffen up. It has to form peaks and border on clumpy. One way to test it is to lift the beater from the bowl and if the cream drops down thickly, it's done. Don't beat anymore, cause honestly, I don't know what would happen next!
- Now, gently spoon the avocado mixture and fold into the cream. It has to mix well and evenly. Don't get impatient and beat, the air pockets inside the cream will break and you will end up with a flat mousse like thing. Fold well into the cream so that the entire dip is green. (Folding is mixing gently in one direction)
- Transfer into a serving bowl and enjoy it with chips, pita bread, potato wedges or fries, raw vegetables, chicken fingers (yumm), etc.