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Warning: These 16 Recipes Might Offend You

July  2, 2015

On Wednesday, the official New York Times account tweeted the following: "Add green peas to your guacamole." The President of the United States responded that he was "not buying" it, there were calls for the Times to delete their Twitter account altogether, and the newspaper's public editor declared it another "Grape Salad" crisis, using the hashtag "PleaseNoPeas."

We laughed along, until we looked deep inside ourselves and realized that we, too, put peas in our guacamole. And white beans in our hummus. And celery in our Caesar salads in place of croutons. And a whole slew of other things that might offend classicists.

If you thought pea guacamole was crazy, here are 16 other recipes that might make you cover your eyes:

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Things we called "guacamole":

Smashed Pea Guacamole with Cilantro, Ginger, and Lime by thechocolatefig


Greek-amole by HalfKiwi


Guacamole Quinoa by foxeslovelemons


"Moraccan Guacamole" Toasts with Fried Egg by creamtea


Minty Pea Purée on Toast by Gena Hamshaw


Things we called "hummus":

Miso Hummus by mrslarkin


Tara Duggan's Chard Stalk Hummus by Genius Recipes


Hard Squash Hummus by Modern Farmer


Black Garlic White Bean Hummus by Camilla Maybee


Everything else that might upset you:

Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili by Stacy McCann


Spanish Tortilla by Amanda Hesser


Vegan Lentil Bolognese with Cashew Parmesan by Gena Hamshaw


Vegan Caesar Salad with Polenta Croutons by Gena Hamshaw


Allen Miglore's Caesar Salad by Genius Recipes


Frozen Banana Daiquiri by Erik Lombardo


Key Lime Meringue Pie by Posie Harwood

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Emily J. June 22, 2016
What on earth is wrong with a Spanish tortilla??
Estibaliz June 22, 2016
The recipe linked uses boiled potatoes, cooks it in the oven, uses butter instead of olive oil and adds parmesan. That's not a Spanish tortilla, it's a potato, onion and parmesan fritatta
Viktor G. July 3, 2015
What in the fuck is wrong with Key lime meringue pie? Seriously. I need to know. That's super, and I cannot stress this enough, SUPER, common.
beejay45 February 23, 2016
Now, if they were calling "Lemon Meringue Pie... ;))))
beejay45 February 23, 2016
Now, if they were calling "Lemon Meringue Pie... ;))))
A F. July 2, 2015
Just say no to "Whirled Peas".

Tee hee.
Big P. July 2, 2015
I think the peas are the problem here. And the Brits - 'cause when you start talking about whirling up some peas, what comes to mind are dishes like bangers and mash, pie and mash... followed by the question, "Why?"
Simon S. July 2, 2015
I'm on board with every single one of those items except the Guacamole Quinoa. There's nothing "guacamole' about it. Just adding avocado doesn't make it so. Guacamole is a 'thing'; a very specific thing, and quinoa has absolutely nothing to do with it BEING that thing. At least peas are green.
Estibaliz July 2, 2015
I don't have any problem with these recipes. However, if you call that a "Spanish Tortilla" you are just being misleading. You wouldn't call a clam miso soup "New England Clam Chowder", would you?
Catherine L. July 2, 2015
sometimes you have to rock the boat a bit, ya know?