If you're like us, chances are you stole a bit too much of Junior's Halloween candy. But don't feel bad: Surveys show parents eat half their kids' loot every year. So what if we said you could appease your sugar-deprived offspring and celebrate a new (albeit somber) holiday at the same time? That's exactly the case with Día de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead"), the two-day Mexican festival that honors the dearly departed with offerings, prayers, smiling skeletons, colorful costumes, and a very special meal. "We celebrate by recreating our loved ones' favorite dishes," says Julian Medina, the chef and owner of Toloache 82 on Manhattan's Upper East Side. For the Mexico City native, that means guacamole de frutas (fruit guacamole), which also happens to be his specialty. In the above video, Medina shows us how to make it, and here, below, is a list of ingredients and a step-by-step guide.
• 2 Mexican Hass avocados
• 2 tablespoons Spanish onion, diced
• 2 tablespoons mango, diced
• 2 tablespoons peach, diced
• 2 tablespoons apple, diced
• 1/2 teaspoon habanero salsa
• 1 teaspoon Thai basil, thinly sliced
• 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
• 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
• Kosher salt to taste
Scoop the pulp of the avocados into a bowl.
Add the remaining ingredients and a pinch of salt. Mash the ingredients together, leaving it chunky.
Serve with warm corn tortillas or chips. Serves four.