How to buy, open and cook with Avocado (Recipe link up)

I’ve been a bit avocado-obsessed for the past few weeks. At the beginning of April, I received an invitation to work on an avocado promotion with a few blogger friends. Together, we’d create recipes, cook them up at an avocado party and share with you. Now, you know how I love a challenge, right? So not only was I going to peruse the Amazing Avocado recipe listing, but I was inspired, as I usually am, to create my own collection of avocado recipes.

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Now, here’s the thing. I might have lived in Texas for 5 years, but I’ve never done anything more with an avocado besides mix it with salsa or seasoning for guacamole or slice it on a hamburger before. But this was a challenge. A cooking challenge. I was in.

That night I spent quite a bit of time perusing Pinterest (I mean… who doesn’t!?) looking for Avocado dishes and delights. While I decided to create a dessert (see below) that only required two avocados, that didn’t stop me from adding six to my list. My plan–add avocado to my meals all week. And that I did.

How to buy and store avocados

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So, um. Avocados are popular. In fact, this picture is from Wegmans on a Friday around 1 pm. Picked over. But I still managed to get 6 perfect avocados. Of course, it’s hard to buy an avocado. You don’t ever know what’s inside, right? Here are some Avocado-buying tips.

  • Avocados ripen mostly on trees. Look for a darker greenish-purple avocado. The pretty green ones aren’t fully ripened.
  • Hold the avocado in the palm of your hand and gently squeeze. Don’t poke with your finger because that will bruise it (just like a banana.) If it…
    • squeezes a lot and feels mushy, it’s overripe.
    • is really firm, it may need 3 or more days to ripen
    • moves with your squeeze but doesn’t feel mushy, it’s ready for eatting
    • is still firm with a little give, you may want to way 2-3 more days to eat it

Avocados can be stored in the refrigerator (if they’ll be eaten in the next 2-3 days) or on the counter top.

How to open an avocado

Avocado Desserts

It’s no secret that I’m allergic to chocolate, and a lot of avocado recipes include chocolate. I was tempted to make avocado brownies for everyone, and even bought the ingredients, but I decided that this time I wanted to make something for me to enjoy. I also found a recipe for avocado blondies… that’s on the list for a future dessert.

ABC Pie (Avocado-Banana Cream Pie)

 

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After going back and forth, I finally opted to create an Avocado-Banana Cream pie, which I call ABC Pie. Note, the consistency was not firm and the pie didn’t hold shape. While this didn’t bother anyone who ate it, you could add more cream cheese for a more firm consistency. (Note, I used Koru Yoghurt for this recipe, which was offered as a free sample at an event the day before. We’re big fans of Koru.)

ABC Pie (Avocado Banana Cream Pie)

Ingredients

  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 bananas (have an extra on reserve in case you want to embellish before serving)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temp)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2+ teaspoons of vanilla
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • optional toppings: chocolate chips, almond slivers, whipped cream, coconut...

Get Cooking

  1. In a large bowl, blend sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese until creamy.
  2. Open avocados and mush into the creamed mixture.
  3. Open bananas and mush into the creamed mixture.
  4. Add lime juices, 2 (or more) teaspoons vanilla (to taste), sea salt (about an eighth of of a teaspoon, more or less) and blend to a creamy consistency.
  5. Pour into graham cracker crust and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Prior to serving, top with whipped cream and other optional toppings to add to your pie.
  7. *there will be extra pie filling--I served it as pudding
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More avocado dessert recipes

Kelly and Hillary also created avocado dessert recipes. As their recipes are posted, I’ll provide the links.

Avocado Grilled Cheese

 

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I’m not really sure a recipe is necessary, but this is my new favorite way to enjoy grilled cheese (which I whip up at least twice a week.) After buttering the bread, I shmear mashed avocado (with or without guacamole spices) on one bread slice, layer the cheese on top, and then add the top slice of bread. Then just cook as you usually would your grilled cheese sandwich.

Avocado burgers

Just like I make them, and have for years, a slice of avocado adds not only healthy fat but great flavor to burgers. Here’s Sarah’s recipe for avocado sliders. I’m actually interested in trying to cook avocado into the hamburger mixture itself… going to have to try that this summer and report back.

Avocado-Taco Dip

Stephanie made an avocado-taco dip to serve with her tacos, or alone as a dip. (Will link recipe when it’s available.)

Avocado smoothie

Still inspired, I created a smoothie around 10:00 that night. It ended up filling a very large cup, and I sipped on it all week whenever I felt the need for a snack.

Avocado Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 container Koru (I used pomegranate cherry, but you can use whatever flavor and yogurt you're inspired to use... or having sitting in your fridge.)
  • juice of about a half lime
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Get Cooking

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender (or with a hand blender) and refrigerate for about an hour (or more).
  2. **You can really throw just about anything into this smoothie. Favorite yogurts, fresh fruit, orange juice... smoothies are all about mixing the healthy stuff.
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EXPIRED $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

I’m a little bit flipping for avocados this spring, and, just in time for Cinco de Mayo, I’m sure you are, too. So I want to know your favorite Avocado recipes. Just link up in the comments to your favorites, or share a recipe right in the comments. Each comment with a link to a recipe or a recipe will offer you one entry to the giveaway. (Use the widget to qualify for your entry.)
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More avocado love

Pinterest and Facebook fun with Avocados from Mexico:

“Most Amazing Cinco Fiesta” Pinterest Contest: Tuesday, April 16 – Friday, May 3

The contest invites pinners to create “Most Amazing Cinco Fiesta” boards to highlight all the key elements that make for the ultimate Cinco de Mayo celebration. The grand prize winner for the best board will receive a $500 gift card, while two weekly winners receive a $50 gift card and authentic molcajete.

“Cinco Style: Discover Your Inner Avo” Facebook Quiz: Friday, April 26 – Sunday, May 5

The quiz on Facebook provides Avocados from Mexico fans with a quirky and interactive way to identify with the Amazing Avocado by taking a quiz that links their personality traits to avocado-based recipes with similar characteristics. Possible avocado personalities: Rocker Guac-er, Classically Cool, Sweetheart Style and Globe Trotter.

Thanks to the Motherhood and Amazing Avocado for sponsoring this campaign.
EDITORS NOTE: Effective 4:36PM EST 4/30/13–the contest/giveaway form changed. Please note that those entered prior to that time have been saved and still qualify. 

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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Comments

  1. Marie Muckey says

    One of my favorites lunch time recipes is an avocado, strawberry & goat cheese sandwich. Toast the bread, Mash the avocado, add a layer of sliced strawberries, top with crumbled goat cheese and either make a sandwich or put under the broiler…yum

  2. says

    I’m pretty simple when it comes to my avocados; I generally add them to my salads and slice them up for sandwiches. But that Avocado Grilled Cheese looks mighty tasty. I’m thinking the addition of thick-sliced bacon and pepper jack cheese would make my tummy quite happy.

  3. says

    Just a word to the wise, when removing an avocado pit do not use the tip of the knife… that is how I ended up in the ER on New Years day with a knife through my finger.
    However, I still LOVE Avocados!

  4. jenn hyatt says

    my dad is from Venezuela so I was eating avocado mashed as a kid! I now use them in nearly everything, but my all time favorite way is the simplest my dad would split an avocado for the two of us and cut up a lime. just squeeze the lime over the halved avo & sprinkle with sea salt. enjoy with a spoon. I prefer it eaten with a room temp avo, but a cold one served like this is mighty refreshing & filling as a snack on a hot summer afternoon.

  5. Jessie C. says

    I like Avocado Corn salsa
    Ingredients:
    2 small avocados, finely diced
    1 cup fresh corn kernels
    2 medium tomatoes, finely diced
    2 tablespoons lime juice
    1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
    1/2 teaspoon salt

  6. amy rouse says

    halve an avacado, remove seed. Crack an egg in each indentation bake on cookie sheet until avacado has softened and egg is cooked to your liking

  7. Wild Orchid says

    I love BLT sanwiches topped with sliced avocado.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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