Unique Avocado Recipes
An avocado is not just a guacamole delivery system, and, of late, people are discovering plenty of other recipes which beautifully exhibit the taste and versatility of this fruit. [Note: avocado should not be cooked, as it will become very bitter.]
Oddly ubiquitous in hip Los Angeles restaurants, avocado toast is fairly self-explanatory. Toast thick-cut bread until it’s golden brown, then slather mashed avocado atop it. Play around with additional toppings as well – everything from tomatoes to goat cheese to smoked salmon can complement your avocado toast nicely.
Dice avocados into small cubes then toss with other vegetables. Cucumbers, tomatoes, and chopped spinach work especially well. Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and even fresh dill. Top with feta cheese.
Chilled Avocado Soup
Using an immersion blender, puree avocados along with chicken or vegetable broth, lemon juice, cilantro, and sautéed onions and garlic. Strain the mixture through a mesh colander until smooth, then add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for several hours. Garnish with crostini.
Avocado Mac ‘n’ Cheese
The inherent creaminess of avocado works perfectly in making a classic comfort food even more delicious. Make a sauce by food-processing avocados with garlic, lime juice, and cilantro until the mixture is creamy. Then, pour the avocado sauce over a pot of cooked elbow macaroni. If you want to actually include cheese, feel free to also make a separate cheese sauce using cheddar or Monterey jack cheese, butter, and a little flour.
Avocado can work well as a replacement for both butter and ice cream in a variety of health-conscious desserts. Blend avocado with milk (or sweet condensed milk for a richer body), banana, and honey. Add cocoa powder if need be. Avocado milkshakes are particularly popular in Indonesia.
Some Hacks For Preventing Browning
Due to possessing the enzyme polyphenol oxidase, which can easily oxidize, fresh avocado is highly susceptible to turning brown and unsightly upon sustained contact with the air. A few methods are thought to counteract this problem, though:
- Rubbing the exposed avocado with lemon juice or another acid
- Keeping the pit in contact with the avocado at all times
- Adding water to the container where you are (briefly) storing your avocado
Source: Fix.com Blog