Wednesday, January 7, 2009

People must look at me and think "avocado"

People must look at me and think "avocado". And I'm OK with that. More than once I have been asked how to eat an avocado, or if I know of any avocado recipes. Why yes, I do know a few ways to eat avocado. I love them so much! They have numerous health benefits too. If you want more avocado in your life, beyond eating them plain or in guacamole, give these suggestions a whirl:
  • Use avocado instead of butter or mayonnaise. Spread on a tortilla or flat bread when making a wrap or sandwich.
  • Chop up an avocado and top a bean and rice dish. Or top a corn dish, like Rachel Ray's Summer Succotash.
  • Put wedges in a grilled cheese or grilled turkey sandwich.
  • Top a hamburger or veggie burger with some avocado slices.
  • Add avocado to a green salad. Supplement the salad with beans or chicken.
  • Or make an avocado salad dressing. I've made some with pureed avocado, olive oil, garlic, salt, and lime juice. Try googling "avocado salad dressing".
  • Make an avocado crustini appetizer. That would be good topped with some fresh tomatoes and fresh cilantro.
  • Avocados make great baby food too. Smash up some avocado with ripe banana. Our 2 loved this recipe when they were babies.
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A few more tips:
  • If you buy a hard avocado: Check it every day for ripeness. You can put it in a brown paper bag to speed up the ripening process. You can tell its ready to eat by giving it a gentle squeeze. When it starts to "give" a little, its ready to slice and eat. Experiment with your preferred ripeness level.
  • Don't buy squishy avocados. They are over-ripe and won't taste as good. Who knows how many times it's been dropped, or how long it's been sitting in that grocery store bin.
  • If you buy several avocados at once, AND they ripen at the same time, AND you can't possibly eat them all, AND your friends don't want can freeze them. Give this a try:
    • Peel the avocado, smash it up, then add a little lime juice to keep it from browning.
    • Put in a container as small as possible, to expose less surface to air.
    • Cover the top of the avocado with plastic wrap. Seal it in your container.
    • You can later thaw it and use it for dressings and sandwich spreads. But use it up fast, it won't keep forever in the fridge after thawing.
    • If it gets a little brown on top, just scrape of that layer. There shouldn't be too much brown if you put it in a small container.

If you're into avocados like I am (obviously), try an avocado peeler. They're also great for peeling kiwi and ripe peaches.

How do you like to eat avocados?


Annie Jones said...

I like them just sliced or chunked with a sprinkling of coarse sea salt. Simple and delicious.

Sue said...

I love the Peruvian appetizer called Palta Rellena, or Stuffed Avocado.
The filling is carrots, green beans, and peas. Cut the carrots and green beans into tiny 1/4" pieces. Blanch and cool the veggies, then mix them with mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Pile the filling on top of peeled, halved avocados.