Anything Is Possible With Your Imagination
Of course you can make beautiful green fries with an avocado, if you use your imagination. I am a huge fan of the avocado and try and scoop them up when they go on sale at the grocery store. My homemade guacamole dip is a popular tangy party dip around our house and often gets top priority when we throw a get-together for our friends.
What is an avocado?
If you are not familiar with the avocado they are native to Central Mexico where they grow in abundance and also known as an “alligator pear”. Cultivated in Mediterranean and tropical climates the avocado boasts a green flesh that has a texture similar to butter.
You can even grow avocado from the unrefrigerated pit indoors which will sprout but will not produce fruit, rather a decorative tree that you can prune. Grafting from a fruit bearing tree may help speed up the maturity process of an avocado tree.
If you want a fruit bearing tree you would have to have more than one tree to cultivate for cross-pollination to happen, as well as plenty of sun. This process may take many years. Either way, just to say you have an avocado tree at home is something to brag about, at least I think so. You can read all about it at the Wikipedia page link above if you fancy growing an avocado tree.
We tend to buy avocados hard as you will find they ripen quite easily from the point of being picked to landing in your favourite avocado recipe. Some people enjoy avocado slices as is or on a sandwich. I’ve even made an avocado pudding by adding a sweetener of sorts such as honey and cocoa powder.
Cooking with avocado is great if you want to create a baked vegetarian snack such as the avocado fries. You can easily use egg whites if you don’t prefer whole eggs or coat the avocado with a sweet and sour mixture with mustard, honey and a dash of water, then coat it in your dry ingredients. The possibilities are endless but you can’t be afraid to fail in the kitchen or you will never try.
When I see people buy guacamole or hummus dip or any dip for that matter I really want to tell them it’s so easy to make on your own. I know, we’ve been there done that and it wasn’t until we realized that it’s not as hard as it seems. The best part is that it won’t cost you as much money as it would if you purchase it conveniently ready for you at the grocery store. The best part about being in the kitchen is experimenting and testing out new foods so you too can create dishes that your friends beg for when they come around.
Granted I first saw the idea of avocado fries on Facebook and for the life of me I can’t remember where. I decided to go ahead and create my own baked avocado fries recipe and I’m glad I did because they turned out better than expected. Now you can go ahead and deep fry these beauties if you like but they won’t be the healthy avocado recipe that you might be looking for any longer.
Making avocado fries is not rocket science and many people have already chimed in on this tasty little snack that would be perfect for any party. The best time is when the avocado is in season and you can pick them up for a decent price. Unless of course you are like my friend Pauline who lives in Guatemala and can get beautiful avocados reasonably priced all year-long. If you want a guacamole recipe simple as can be Pauline also has her own guacamole dip which I even put to the test and it tastes great.
Baked avocado fries
So these avocado fries are simple to make so take a chance and try this recipe today. All I did was crack and mix up the eggs in a bowl. In a separate bowl I added the flour and a bit of salt and pepper then finally a bowl with the seasoned breadcrumbs. It’s the breadcrumbs where I add all my personal spice flavours, and so can you.
Sometimes I make homemade breadcrumbs which are dead easy to make by whizzing day-old bread in the food processor but I haven’t made any bread since my homemade olive bread. Since the wife is on a low-gi diet bread is not a big staple in our house these days. We bought a can of breadcrumbs just to have on hand in our pantry. If you are a fan of the Japanese breadcrumbs called Panko by all means scoop a bag or box of them up as they will give this recipe a very crunchy texture, similar to if you like baked crispy fries.
I added all my spices to the breadcrumbs then started the breading process. Dip your 1/2 inch cut wedge of avocado in the flour, shake off the excess, then dip into the egg mixture, roll in the breadcrumbs and lay it on a sheet pan that is coated in melted coconut and extra virgin olive oil. Some people like to spray the top with a homemade olive oil spray as well but I didn’t.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes turning so they get golden brown on each side. The last few minutes I blast them on a high temperature to crisp them up even more but you MUST pay attention not to burn them. Take them out from the oven, season with salt if you like and sit them on a paper towel to let any grease drain from them.
I served my avocado fries with a homemade dip which consists of plain Greek yogurt, fresh chives, salt, pepper, lime juice, lime peel, 2 bulbs of roasted garlic. I mixed it all together and let it sit overnight to let all the flavours come together. Next on my recipe creation list will be making a stuffed avocado recipe which seems easy enough. The only problem is deciding what to stuff my avocado with.
What other avocado recipes do you make?
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- Total time: 30-35 minutes
- Cooking time: 15-20 minutes baked in oven
- Serving Size: Approximately 15 wedges for 3 people
- 3 ripe avocados (even a bit firm is good as well so they are not too mushy) slice into 1/2 inch wedges
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 2 large eggs whisked
- 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1.5 cups of breadcrumbs
Seasoning for breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 tablespoons of minced fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
- Slice your avocado into 1/2 inch wedges
- Dip the wedge into the flour then shake off the excess flour
- Dip it into the egg mixture
- Dip it into the breadcrumbs and then place on a greased baking sheet with coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil
- Bake in a pre-heated oven 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes turning to brown them
- Let drain on paper towel and season with salt if you desire
Roasted Garlic Yogurt Dip
- 2-3 heads of garlic
- 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Tin foil
- 1 cup of Greek Yogurt
- Juice of 1 lime
- Grated peel of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup fresh chives minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut a thin layer off the top of your garlic to expose the bulbs
- Add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil on each one while they sit inside a large piece of tinfoil
- Top each bulb with a sprinkle of salt, fold the tin foil and bake at 350 degrees on a baking sheet until tender, then let cool
- When the garlic is cool, squeeze out the roasted garlic into a bowl
- Add in all the remaining ingredients and mix
- Refrigerate over night for best results
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