Avocado Fries With That?

Avocado Fries

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.

Avocado Fries

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.)

Avocado Fries

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.

Avocado Fries

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!

Avocado Fries

Avocado Fries
 
Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Heat oil to 375 F in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir together the flour and salt on a shallow plate.
  3. Place the lightly beaten eggs in a second shallow dish.
  4. Place the Panko on a third plate.
  5. Slice the avocados into ½ inch wedges.
  6. Roll an avocado wedge in the flour, then dip in egg, and finally dredge in panko.
  7. 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.
  8. Place the fried avocado wedges on paper towels to drain.
  9. Keep the avocado fries on a baking sheet in an oven warmed to 200 F until ready to serve.
  10. Serve with salt to taste.
 

A Flavor of August: Avocado Pear Dip

Never underestimate the places you might find a delightful new recipe. I picked this one – for Avocado Pear Dip – up while I waited in line at the Community Drug in Benzonia, Michigan. While in the midst of the most severe physical pain I had experienced in nearly 20 years. While on vacation. In a place very far removed from my insurance network. To every gray cloud there is a silver lining.

Avocado Pear Dip

One of my favorite snacks is chips and dip. This Avocado Pear dip provides a flavorful, creamy alternative to the sour-cream based dips I typically fall victim to. I was very surprised by its flavor, and what I mean by that is, the dip had a lot of flavor. Though I like avocados, I tend to eat them in ways that complement a dish rather than act as the primary flavor.

Avocado Pear Dip

Take, for example, a sandwich. One of my favorite sandwiches to order is a grilled chicken breast on sourdough bread, topped with provolone cheese, sprouts and avocado. Along those lines, the Avocado Pear dip is easily transferable to a sandwich spread. If my sandwich suggestion is not up your alley, try the avocado dip in place of mayonnaise on any sandwich. I think you will like it. Enjoy!

Avocado Pear Dip

Avocado Pear Dip
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 2 avocados, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  3. Allow the dip to chill at least 30 minutes so flavors may meld before serving.
Notes
If you prefer a chunky dip, mash the avocados by hand. Do not add them to the blender or food processor, but fold them into the dip after all other ingredients are smooth.
 

2012′s 12 Months of Giveaways {Giveaway 8: Jessie Steele Cherry Tote} CLOSED

Jessie Steele Cherry Lunch Tote

As I was growing up, my entire extended family – aunts, uncle and cousins I did not get to see but once a year – came together to spend the last week of July in Michigan. The cherry harvest was  in full swing that time of year, so July and cherries have always gone hand-in-hand in my mind. Not quite ready to say goodbye to cherries – or to summer for that matter – I am extending the cherry season to August’s giveaway.

This month one reader will win a cherry lunch tote  created by the domestic goddesses at Jessie Steele. The 11 x 5.5 x 9.5 inch tote is made of vinyl-coated, 100 percent cotton. Perfect for back-to-school or day-to-day work, this cherry tote will remind you of happy summer days no matter the season.

To enter to win, simply leave a comment on the blog post. Tell me about how you are getting ready for back-to-school season, or tell me what you like to pack in your lunch (I’m always looking for new ideas for lunch!). To earn additional entries, like Love & Flour on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. Please leave a separate comment for each like or follow; if you already like or follow Love & Flour, simply leave a comment stating that’s the case.

Fine Print: This giveaway will end at 1201 a.m. EST on August 29. I will use a random number generator to pick the winner. I will notify the winner via the email address provided in the comment form. The winner will have 72 hours to contact me to claim the prize before another winner is chosen. Apologies to International readers as I am able to ship only to U.S. mailing addresses.

Good Luck!!

***This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you for entering!***