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Ina Garten Shares Her Secret to Perfect Guacamole

Ina Garten Shares Her Secret to Perfect Guacamole

Ina Garten gives guacamole a makeover

Guacamole — the apotheosis of all dips, or as some might call it, nature’s butter — has a new sorceress this summer, and it’s no less than Ina Garten herself.

The Barefoot Contessa recently treated Instagram followers to her best trick for the perfect guacamole.

The popular chef and cookbook writer has had a smashing year so far; aside from revealing her killer trick to perfect guacamole, her new show Cook Like a Pro premiered on the Food Network in May and is quickly gaining a big following in part because of her honest, approachable style. For example, earlier this month she confessed that there is one recipe she can't seem to get quite right.

The Contessa has slowly built a loyal audience among the younger generation by encouraging the idea of community and family dinners, which for millennials often take second place next to, you know, music festivals and well, Instagram.

In the post, which has been viewed more than 209,000 times, the cooking host wrote: "Can you ever make too much guacamole?? My secret is lots of freshly squeezed lemon juice to keep the guacamole bright green. And I always buy the avocados a few days in advance so they're perfectly ripe when I'm ready to use them." She also shared a link to her recipe.

So the next time you’re at one of these festivals and in need of an epic guacamole recipe, Ina has you covered, with a few key ingredients — lemon juice and avocados ripened days in advance — and of course a big dose of love directed toward whomever you’re making the dip for.

Trust Ina to maintain those long-lost values while giving us a fresh take on a tried and tested favorite — our very own culinary Athena! And if Ina’s recipe spurs you to seek even more guacamole wisdom, take a look at our 50 — yes, 50 — best guacamole recipes.


Ina Garten Shares Her Super Simple 'Pro Tip' for Using Up Stale Bread

The Barefoot Contessa star's easy recipe is going to take your favorite homemade soups and salads to the next level.

Ina Garten‘s simple tip is going to take your favorite soups and salads to the next level.

The Barefoot Contessa host, who often shares helpful pieces of advice to home cooks on Instagram, shared a short video on Wednesday, demonstrating a super easy recipe for homemade croutons.

“When most people are making croutons, I think what they do is they put the oil and the croutons in the pan at the same time,” Garten explains. 𠇋ut what pros do, is they heat up the pan, put in a few tablespoons of olive oil —make sure the oil is really hot with a hot pan it gets hot faster— and then put in the croutons. That way croutons get nice and brown but they don’t absorb the oil so much.”

The Food Network star says to also sprinkle the bread with lots of salt and pepper to give them more flavor. She also shared that her tip can work for other recipes as well.

“This is actually a great way to make saut onions, anything you’re sautéing in a pan,” she says. “Heat up the oil first. It will make such a difference.”

RELATED VIDEO: Ina Garten Reveals the Only Fast Food She’ll Eat: ‘It Was Julia Child’s Favorite Too’

After Garten finished toasting her croutons, she couldn’t help but immediately take a bite. “It’s very hot,” she says while laughing.

Garten noted that the recipe is perfect for utilizing leftover bread in the freezer or that “half eaten baguette from dinner.”

If the video of her whipping up the croutons looked familiar, it’s because it’s also the subject of the cover image on her new cookbook Cook Like a Pro, on stands Oct. 23.

“I think what makes this book unique is it’s so packed with really good information that will help people understand what they’re doing wrong so they can do it better,” she told PEOPLE in April.


Ina Garten Shares Her Super Simple 'Pro Tip' for Using Up Stale Bread

The Barefoot Contessa star's easy recipe is going to take your favorite homemade soups and salads to the next level.

Ina Garten‘s simple tip is going to take your favorite soups and salads to the next level.

The Barefoot Contessa host, who often shares helpful pieces of advice to home cooks on Instagram, shared a short video on Wednesday, demonstrating a super easy recipe for homemade croutons.

“When most people are making croutons, I think what they do is they put the oil and the croutons in the pan at the same time,” Garten explains. 𠇋ut what pros do, is they heat up the pan, put in a few tablespoons of olive oil —make sure the oil is really hot with a hot pan it gets hot faster— and then put in the croutons. That way croutons get nice and brown but they don’t absorb the oil so much.”

The Food Network star says to also sprinkle the bread with lots of salt and pepper to give them more flavor. She also shared that her tip can work for other recipes as well.

“This is actually a great way to make saut onions, anything you’re sautéing in a pan,” she says. “Heat up the oil first. It will make such a difference.”

RELATED VIDEO: Ina Garten Reveals the Only Fast Food She’ll Eat: ‘It Was Julia Child’s Favorite Too’

After Garten finished toasting her croutons, she couldn’t help but immediately take a bite. “It’s very hot,” she says while laughing.

Garten noted that the recipe is perfect for utilizing leftover bread in the freezer or that “half eaten baguette from dinner.”

If the video of her whipping up the croutons looked familiar, it’s because it’s also the subject of the cover image on her new cookbook Cook Like a Pro, on stands Oct. 23.

“I think what makes this book unique is it’s so packed with really good information that will help people understand what they’re doing wrong so they can do it better,” she told PEOPLE in April.


Ina Garten Shares Her Super Simple 'Pro Tip' for Using Up Stale Bread

The Barefoot Contessa star's easy recipe is going to take your favorite homemade soups and salads to the next level.

Ina Garten‘s simple tip is going to take your favorite soups and salads to the next level.

The Barefoot Contessa host, who often shares helpful pieces of advice to home cooks on Instagram, shared a short video on Wednesday, demonstrating a super easy recipe for homemade croutons.

“When most people are making croutons, I think what they do is they put the oil and the croutons in the pan at the same time,” Garten explains. 𠇋ut what pros do, is they heat up the pan, put in a few tablespoons of olive oil —make sure the oil is really hot with a hot pan it gets hot faster— and then put in the croutons. That way croutons get nice and brown but they don’t absorb the oil so much.”

The Food Network star says to also sprinkle the bread with lots of salt and pepper to give them more flavor. She also shared that her tip can work for other recipes as well.

“This is actually a great way to make saut onions, anything you’re sautéing in a pan,” she says. “Heat up the oil first. It will make such a difference.”

RELATED VIDEO: Ina Garten Reveals the Only Fast Food She’ll Eat: ‘It Was Julia Child’s Favorite Too’

After Garten finished toasting her croutons, she couldn’t help but immediately take a bite. “It’s very hot,” she says while laughing.

Garten noted that the recipe is perfect for utilizing leftover bread in the freezer or that “half eaten baguette from dinner.”

If the video of her whipping up the croutons looked familiar, it’s because it’s also the subject of the cover image on her new cookbook Cook Like a Pro, on stands Oct. 23.

“I think what makes this book unique is it’s so packed with really good information that will help people understand what they’re doing wrong so they can do it better,” she told PEOPLE in April.


Ina Garten Shares Her Super Simple 'Pro Tip' for Using Up Stale Bread

The Barefoot Contessa star's easy recipe is going to take your favorite homemade soups and salads to the next level.

Ina Garten‘s simple tip is going to take your favorite soups and salads to the next level.

The Barefoot Contessa host, who often shares helpful pieces of advice to home cooks on Instagram, shared a short video on Wednesday, demonstrating a super easy recipe for homemade croutons.

“When most people are making croutons, I think what they do is they put the oil and the croutons in the pan at the same time,” Garten explains. 𠇋ut what pros do, is they heat up the pan, put in a few tablespoons of olive oil —make sure the oil is really hot with a hot pan it gets hot faster— and then put in the croutons. That way croutons get nice and brown but they don’t absorb the oil so much.”

The Food Network star says to also sprinkle the bread with lots of salt and pepper to give them more flavor. She also shared that her tip can work for other recipes as well.

“This is actually a great way to make saut onions, anything you’re sautéing in a pan,” she says. “Heat up the oil first. It will make such a difference.”

RELATED VIDEO: Ina Garten Reveals the Only Fast Food She’ll Eat: ‘It Was Julia Child’s Favorite Too’

After Garten finished toasting her croutons, she couldn’t help but immediately take a bite. “It’s very hot,” she says while laughing.

Garten noted that the recipe is perfect for utilizing leftover bread in the freezer or that “half eaten baguette from dinner.”

If the video of her whipping up the croutons looked familiar, it’s because it’s also the subject of the cover image on her new cookbook Cook Like a Pro, on stands Oct. 23.

“I think what makes this book unique is it’s so packed with really good information that will help people understand what they’re doing wrong so they can do it better,” she told PEOPLE in April.


Ina Garten Shares Her Super Simple 'Pro Tip' for Using Up Stale Bread

The Barefoot Contessa star's easy recipe is going to take your favorite homemade soups and salads to the next level.

Ina Garten‘s simple tip is going to take your favorite soups and salads to the next level.

The Barefoot Contessa host, who often shares helpful pieces of advice to home cooks on Instagram, shared a short video on Wednesday, demonstrating a super easy recipe for homemade croutons.

“When most people are making croutons, I think what they do is they put the oil and the croutons in the pan at the same time,” Garten explains. 𠇋ut what pros do, is they heat up the pan, put in a few tablespoons of olive oil —make sure the oil is really hot with a hot pan it gets hot faster— and then put in the croutons. That way croutons get nice and brown but they don’t absorb the oil so much.”

The Food Network star says to also sprinkle the bread with lots of salt and pepper to give them more flavor. She also shared that her tip can work for other recipes as well.

“This is actually a great way to make saut onions, anything you’re sautéing in a pan,” she says. “Heat up the oil first. It will make such a difference.”

RELATED VIDEO: Ina Garten Reveals the Only Fast Food She’ll Eat: ‘It Was Julia Child’s Favorite Too’

After Garten finished toasting her croutons, she couldn’t help but immediately take a bite. “It’s very hot,” she says while laughing.

Garten noted that the recipe is perfect for utilizing leftover bread in the freezer or that “half eaten baguette from dinner.”

If the video of her whipping up the croutons looked familiar, it’s because it’s also the subject of the cover image on her new cookbook Cook Like a Pro, on stands Oct. 23.

“I think what makes this book unique is it’s so packed with really good information that will help people understand what they’re doing wrong so they can do it better,” she told PEOPLE in April.


Ina Garten Shares Her Super Simple 'Pro Tip' for Using Up Stale Bread

The Barefoot Contessa star's easy recipe is going to take your favorite homemade soups and salads to the next level.

Ina Garten‘s simple tip is going to take your favorite soups and salads to the next level.

The Barefoot Contessa host, who often shares helpful pieces of advice to home cooks on Instagram, shared a short video on Wednesday, demonstrating a super easy recipe for homemade croutons.

“When most people are making croutons, I think what they do is they put the oil and the croutons in the pan at the same time,” Garten explains. 𠇋ut what pros do, is they heat up the pan, put in a few tablespoons of olive oil —make sure the oil is really hot with a hot pan it gets hot faster— and then put in the croutons. That way croutons get nice and brown but they don’t absorb the oil so much.”

The Food Network star says to also sprinkle the bread with lots of salt and pepper to give them more flavor. She also shared that her tip can work for other recipes as well.

“This is actually a great way to make saut onions, anything you’re sautéing in a pan,” she says. “Heat up the oil first. It will make such a difference.”

RELATED VIDEO: Ina Garten Reveals the Only Fast Food She’ll Eat: ‘It Was Julia Child’s Favorite Too’

After Garten finished toasting her croutons, she couldn’t help but immediately take a bite. “It’s very hot,” she says while laughing.

Garten noted that the recipe is perfect for utilizing leftover bread in the freezer or that “half eaten baguette from dinner.”

If the video of her whipping up the croutons looked familiar, it’s because it’s also the subject of the cover image on her new cookbook Cook Like a Pro, on stands Oct. 23.

“I think what makes this book unique is it’s so packed with really good information that will help people understand what they’re doing wrong so they can do it better,” she told PEOPLE in April.


Ina Garten Shares Her Super Simple 'Pro Tip' for Using Up Stale Bread

The Barefoot Contessa star's easy recipe is going to take your favorite homemade soups and salads to the next level.

Ina Garten‘s simple tip is going to take your favorite soups and salads to the next level.

The Barefoot Contessa host, who often shares helpful pieces of advice to home cooks on Instagram, shared a short video on Wednesday, demonstrating a super easy recipe for homemade croutons.

“When most people are making croutons, I think what they do is they put the oil and the croutons in the pan at the same time,” Garten explains. 𠇋ut what pros do, is they heat up the pan, put in a few tablespoons of olive oil —make sure the oil is really hot with a hot pan it gets hot faster— and then put in the croutons. That way croutons get nice and brown but they don’t absorb the oil so much.”

The Food Network star says to also sprinkle the bread with lots of salt and pepper to give them more flavor. She also shared that her tip can work for other recipes as well.

“This is actually a great way to make saut onions, anything you’re sautéing in a pan,” she says. “Heat up the oil first. It will make such a difference.”

RELATED VIDEO: Ina Garten Reveals the Only Fast Food She’ll Eat: ‘It Was Julia Child’s Favorite Too’

After Garten finished toasting her croutons, she couldn’t help but immediately take a bite. “It’s very hot,” she says while laughing.

Garten noted that the recipe is perfect for utilizing leftover bread in the freezer or that “half eaten baguette from dinner.”

If the video of her whipping up the croutons looked familiar, it’s because it’s also the subject of the cover image on her new cookbook Cook Like a Pro, on stands Oct. 23.

“I think what makes this book unique is it’s so packed with really good information that will help people understand what they’re doing wrong so they can do it better,” she told PEOPLE in April.


Ina Garten Shares Her Super Simple 'Pro Tip' for Using Up Stale Bread

The Barefoot Contessa star's easy recipe is going to take your favorite homemade soups and salads to the next level.

Ina Garten‘s simple tip is going to take your favorite soups and salads to the next level.

The Barefoot Contessa host, who often shares helpful pieces of advice to home cooks on Instagram, shared a short video on Wednesday, demonstrating a super easy recipe for homemade croutons.

“When most people are making croutons, I think what they do is they put the oil and the croutons in the pan at the same time,” Garten explains. 𠇋ut what pros do, is they heat up the pan, put in a few tablespoons of olive oil —make sure the oil is really hot with a hot pan it gets hot faster— and then put in the croutons. That way croutons get nice and brown but they don’t absorb the oil so much.”

The Food Network star says to also sprinkle the bread with lots of salt and pepper to give them more flavor. She also shared that her tip can work for other recipes as well.

“This is actually a great way to make saut onions, anything you’re sautéing in a pan,” she says. “Heat up the oil first. It will make such a difference.”

RELATED VIDEO: Ina Garten Reveals the Only Fast Food She’ll Eat: ‘It Was Julia Child’s Favorite Too’

After Garten finished toasting her croutons, she couldn’t help but immediately take a bite. “It’s very hot,” she says while laughing.

Garten noted that the recipe is perfect for utilizing leftover bread in the freezer or that “half eaten baguette from dinner.”

If the video of her whipping up the croutons looked familiar, it’s because it’s also the subject of the cover image on her new cookbook Cook Like a Pro, on stands Oct. 23.

“I think what makes this book unique is it’s so packed with really good information that will help people understand what they’re doing wrong so they can do it better,” she told PEOPLE in April.


Ina Garten Shares Her Super Simple 'Pro Tip' for Using Up Stale Bread

The Barefoot Contessa star's easy recipe is going to take your favorite homemade soups and salads to the next level.

Ina Garten‘s simple tip is going to take your favorite soups and salads to the next level.

The Barefoot Contessa host, who often shares helpful pieces of advice to home cooks on Instagram, shared a short video on Wednesday, demonstrating a super easy recipe for homemade croutons.

“When most people are making croutons, I think what they do is they put the oil and the croutons in the pan at the same time,” Garten explains. 𠇋ut what pros do, is they heat up the pan, put in a few tablespoons of olive oil —make sure the oil is really hot with a hot pan it gets hot faster— and then put in the croutons. That way croutons get nice and brown but they don’t absorb the oil so much.”

The Food Network star says to also sprinkle the bread with lots of salt and pepper to give them more flavor. She also shared that her tip can work for other recipes as well.

“This is actually a great way to make saut onions, anything you’re sautéing in a pan,” she says. “Heat up the oil first. It will make such a difference.”

RELATED VIDEO: Ina Garten Reveals the Only Fast Food She’ll Eat: ‘It Was Julia Child’s Favorite Too’

After Garten finished toasting her croutons, she couldn’t help but immediately take a bite. “It’s very hot,” she says while laughing.

Garten noted that the recipe is perfect for utilizing leftover bread in the freezer or that “half eaten baguette from dinner.”

If the video of her whipping up the croutons looked familiar, it’s because it’s also the subject of the cover image on her new cookbook Cook Like a Pro, on stands Oct. 23.

“I think what makes this book unique is it’s so packed with really good information that will help people understand what they’re doing wrong so they can do it better,” she told PEOPLE in April.


Ina Garten Shares Her Super Simple 'Pro Tip' for Using Up Stale Bread

The Barefoot Contessa star's easy recipe is going to take your favorite homemade soups and salads to the next level.

Ina Garten‘s simple tip is going to take your favorite soups and salads to the next level.

The Barefoot Contessa host, who often shares helpful pieces of advice to home cooks on Instagram, shared a short video on Wednesday, demonstrating a super easy recipe for homemade croutons.

“When most people are making croutons, I think what they do is they put the oil and the croutons in the pan at the same time,” Garten explains. 𠇋ut what pros do, is they heat up the pan, put in a few tablespoons of olive oil —make sure the oil is really hot with a hot pan it gets hot faster— and then put in the croutons. That way croutons get nice and brown but they don’t absorb the oil so much.”

The Food Network star says to also sprinkle the bread with lots of salt and pepper to give them more flavor. She also shared that her tip can work for other recipes as well.

“This is actually a great way to make saut onions, anything you’re sautéing in a pan,” she says. “Heat up the oil first. It will make such a difference.”

RELATED VIDEO: Ina Garten Reveals the Only Fast Food She’ll Eat: ‘It Was Julia Child’s Favorite Too’

After Garten finished toasting her croutons, she couldn’t help but immediately take a bite. “It’s very hot,” she says while laughing.

Garten noted that the recipe is perfect for utilizing leftover bread in the freezer or that “half eaten baguette from dinner.”

If the video of her whipping up the croutons looked familiar, it’s because it’s also the subject of the cover image on her new cookbook Cook Like a Pro, on stands Oct. 23.

“I think what makes this book unique is it’s so packed with really good information that will help people understand what they’re doing wrong so they can do it better,” she told PEOPLE in April.


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