Musician Jack White is a guacamole diva. At least according to a leaked concert rider for his sold-out show a few weeks ago at the University of Oklahoma.
The former White Stripes musician signed a contract with the university with a rider detailing all the logistics, including the food and drink requirements for his dressing room. Lots of pop stars do this kind of thing, NPR reported — apparently Kanye requests his chauffeur be dressed in 100% cotton, and J.Lo needs her coffee stirred in a specific direction. But White’s guac demands are oddly specific.
Not only does the rider list “1 bowl of FRESH HOME-MADE GUACAMOLE,” as a necessity, but there’s also a recipe included so that it’s made exactly to White’s liking. NPR talked to Peruvian chef Martin Morales and learned that apparently this guac recipe is spot on, so maybe White is just more of a foodie than the rest of us and we should stop being complacent with our crappy, half-assed guac.
While providing a recipe may be going slightly overboard, we applaud White for requesting such a heart-healthy snack. Not only do avocados keep you fuller for longer, help lower bad cholesterol and provide a healthy dose of fiber and antioxidants, but the omega-3 fatty acids help strengthen skin for a hydrated, healthy complexion.
So now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the infamous guacamole recipe, as published in his contract rider on the Oklahoma Daily website.
Jack White’s Guacamole
- 8 x large, ripe Haas avocados (cut in half the long way, remove the pit—SAVE THE PITS THOUGH—, and dice into large cubes with a butter knife. 3 or 4 slits down, 3 or 4 across. You’ll scoop out the chunks with a spoon, careful to maintain the avocado in fairly large chunks.)
- 4 x vine-ripened tomatoes (diced)
- 1/2 x yellow onion (finely chopped)
- 1 x full bunch cilantro (chopped)
- 4 x Serrano peppers (de-veined and chopped)
- 1 x lime
- Salt & pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, careful not to mush the avocados too much. We want it chunky. Once properly mixed and tested, add the pits into the guacamole and even out the top with a spoon or spatula. Add 1/2 lime to the top layer so you cover most of the surface with the juice (The pits and lime will keep it from browning prematurely.) Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until served. Please don’t make it too early before it’s served. We’d love to have it around 5 p.m.
Apparently, according to the Huffington Post, White is not happy with all the media attention his recipe has gotten — he published an open letter to the media on his record label’s website asking that we please stop calling him a diva. The guacamole recipe was an inside joke between his tour manager and local promoters. He doesn’t know enough about cooking to ever come up with his own guac recipe. So can we all just chill?!
Whoa, Jack, no need to get upset! We’re probably going to go home and try this recipe tonight, so we’d actually like to thank you for introducing us to a fab new recipe.