Though not one of the deep fried desserts my sister has requested multiple times, at least avocado fries are a deep fried start. I have wanted to try this avocado recipe for over one year, and I am happy I finally did. Fries were a really fun way to eat avocado. They were surprisingly filling, yet they lacked a bit in the taste department.
I am not a very big advocate for salt – I avoid cooking with it almost to a fault – but it really draws out the flavor of the fried avocado. Should I make these fries again, I will likely add a pinch of cayenne pepper or some other seasoning to the flour.
No avocado post of mine would be complete without sharing an avocado story from childhood. It’s gross, so if you have read enough, please feel free to exit the blog at this time. (Just be sure to return when I share a Peach Coffee Cake recipe in a day or so). At this point, five readers know exactly where this story is going.
The year is unknown, but I would say I was in junior high school. My parents, my sister, and I along two close childhood friends and their parents were dining at a Friday’s restaurant located on the corner of Kenny and Henderson in Columbus, Ohio. Sadly, I believe that corner is now home to a CVS. (Though I suppose there are worse things to be found on corners.)
After whatever it was we did that day, my friend Eric and I sat near the end of the table with my father. Suddenly, he sneezed, and then opened his napkin to reveal a large smear of green “boogers” made of guacamole. Dad intended this little stunt to entertain his daughter and a teenage boy. I am not all that proud of what that says about my maturity at that age, but nevertheless, it was entertaining.
In fact, it entertained not only for the three of us, but the waiter as well. Along with our entire table. And everyone else seated in the section. Entertained is likely too positive a descriptor for most of the other parties.
I do not remember my mother’s specific reaction, but I am sure it could not have been good. She always told my sister and me that we could be seated at a dinner table with someone like the governor someday, and she did her best to teach us table manners. At the time, I did not really get the intensity behind her insistence that we act like ladies.
Of course I knew not to put my elbows on the table or belch in front of the governor! Fortunately, I still recall her advice and make every effort to eat like a lady at the table today. Though I am also still for a less classy dining experience now and then if it creates a lasting memory. Happy weekend all. Enjoy!
- Canola or other vegetable oil, for frying
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1¼ cups panko (breadcrumbs)
- 2 firm, ripe avocados
- Heat oil to 375 F in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
- Stir together the flour and salt on a shallow plate.
- Place the lightly beaten eggs in a second shallow dish.
- Place the Panko on a third plate.
- Slice the avocados into ½ inch wedges.
- Roll an avocado wedge in the flour, then dip in egg, and finally dredge in panko.
- Fry the breaded avocado wedges in the hot oil for 30 to 60 seconds. It’s easiest to work in batches of three or four wedges at a time.
- Place the fried avocado wedges on paper towels to drain.
- Keep the avocado fries on a baking sheet in an oven warmed to 200 F until ready to serve.
- Serve with salt to taste.