Saturday, February 9, 2013

Vegetarian Ceviche

Vegetarian Ceviche That Looks Not-So-Vegetarian
Serves 4

1 can hearts of palm 
1 green bell pepper 
1/2 red onion
1-2 jalapeños
2 tomatoes
1 cloves garlic
1/2 small red onion
1 avocado 

handful of cilantro 
1-2 limes
sometimes i also add green bell pepper and cucumber
Salt to taste

Slice hearts of palm into 1/4 inch circles. Pop the centers out so they resemble octopus rings. Retain the centers for the ceviche. Chop all other ingredients. Mix together gently. Squeeze lime. Serve in chilled margarita glasses. Salt to taste. 

*Remember that citrus heightens the flavor of salt, so you will not need as much.

**Tip for picking an avocado: Pick an avocado that is not overly ripe. It should give a little in your hand but when you pull out the stem it should still be green. If it is brown or black it is already bad. If you get an under-ripe avocado you can simply leave it on the counter to ripen or put it in a brown paper bag on the counter to speed up the process.

***To chop: Cut the avocado in half vertically. Separate the halves. To remove the seed gently whack the blade of your knife into the seed and twist. You will need a large knife to do this. If the seed does not remove easily then your avocado was not ripe. The skin should also peel away easily. 

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