A Taste Bud’s Delight: Baked Avocado Fries

Nature's buttery treat!

I recently read a friend’s Facebook status update that said “Avocados have no flavor”…Wait, WHAT!?  Avocados may be one of my favorite foods on the face of the Earth, so I quickly responded that she was obviously eating the wrong kind and needed a grocery store lesson!  While novices may need some help, avid avocado lovers know that not all avocados are created equal.  You have to pick them up, give them a little squeeze, and really FEEL their ripeness to predict their flavor. There is an art to picking the right avocado, and honestly sometimes I get it wrong and am utterly disappointed when I get home.  It’s an ongoing challenge I suppose.

Avocados come in many sizes, colors, and textures, both inside and out.  While on The Big Island of Hawaii, I tasted at least a dozen different varieties of my little green friend, and loved picking out the sensory nuances.  Avocados have that buttery smooth flavor that goes so well with just about any fare, Mexican, Cuban, Japanese, Chinese, Greek — the list goes on and on.   Personally I love to find ways to incorporate them into any dish I make.

Just about the time that I read my friends status update, I also saw what looked to be an AMAZING recipe for baked avocado fries on Pinterest.  So naturally, I tried it last night and these little green beauties were a hit!  The recipe is super easy and quick.

Ingredients

2 firm (not hard) medium avocados, pealed, pitted and sliced into wedges

1/4 cup of all-purpose flour

2 large eggs beaten

1 cup of seasoned panko

Olive oil

Kosher salt and coarse pepper (to taste)

Instructions:

Preheat oven 450 degrees

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper

Dip and coat avocados in flour then egg then panko and place on cookie sheet

Drizzle some olive oil over top and sprinkle kosher salt and coarse pepper to taste

Bake for 20 minutes @ 450 degrees (last 5 min turned up to 500)

Remove, plate, and serve hot with a tasty dipping sauce!

Delicious and nutritious!

I served mine with a tasty tzatziki sauce, but you could really serve it with any sauce of your choice.  The possibilities are endless!  These turned out perfectly crunchy on the outside and smooth on the inside.  SUCCESS!  Next time I am going to try it with just one egg and one egg white to see if I can make this little dish even healthier.

Serve these as an appetizer or a side dish at your next meal.  Even better, add them to your St. Pattie’s Day spread and impress all of your friends.  ENJOY!

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March 7, 2012. Uncategorized.

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