August 11, 2014

Lightly Fried Avocado Slices

Avocado.  In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with this vegetable. Or is it a fruit? I don’t know, I hear different things all the time. I'm calling it a vegetable. It’s the good kind of fat, it’s creamy, it’s got great flavor, it’s great on top of chili, inside tacos, and delicious on its own with a few cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper. 

I do know that it’s also delicious when coated in some flour, dipped in egg, and pressed with a panko breadcrumb seasoning.  Then you fry them up in some veggie  oil until golden brown and eat a ton of them.  It’s a light and healthy snack. It could be a meal for dinner too, but you may need a whole bunch more of avocados for that!

I had two left, about a week old and chillin 'in my fruit basket. I felt compelled to do something with them and fast!  My mind went the direction of frying them up because I already love fried zucchini, fried eggplant, fried asparagus.  So why not try fried avocado? I was a bit reluctant at first because the remaining two were a week old which meant they were very soft.  Surprisingly, they weren't too mushy to where I couldn’t get a good slice out of them and the green color was still quite vibrant.

This recipe literally took ten minutes to prepare and make. And it took me 5 seconds to eat five.  Nah, just messin.’

I first tried one with only the breadcrumb mixture and straight up avocado.  It was good, but there’s a reason why we use egg and flour to fry stuff up.  I didn’t want to use flour initially , and you really don’t have to because both styles tasted great!  But when you want a crispier bite and more flavor, I’d go with the flour and egg.

These really were so delicious. The perfect crispy and creamy bite!  

Lightly Fried Avocado Slices

What you'll need:

-1 cup of plain panko breadcrumbs or I used Italian seasoning.
-dashes of: black pepper, cayenne pepper and garlic powder
-1/2 cup flour
-1 egg
-1/2 cup of vegetable oil
-2-3 ripe avocados

How you make it:

Cut up the avocado slices fairly thick. You want a good slice to hold the batter well.  In a small bowl, combine the seasonings and breadcrumbs. Use two other small bowls for the egg and flour.  Whisk the egg with a fork. First, dip the avocado slice in the flour. Second, dip it in the egg. Finally, press the breadcrumb mixture on both sides.  Gently place in a medium skillet once the oil is hot/ over medium/high heat.  Cook until both sides are golden brown.  Place them on a paper towel to drain any excess oil.

Enjoy!  These would be great topped with cheddar cheese/ sour cream/ or a horseradish sauce would go great with this!

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