This weeks recipe was something I would have never in my wildest of wild dreams have come up with. Avocado Fries.
I mean, really the concept is simple... kind of like fried green tomatoes. Which are amazing, right? So why not with avocados? Yet, I still would never have come up with this combination. Just a few simple ingredients: avocados (obviously), eggs, flour, oil for frying, and bread crumbs. It also called for Cayenne pepper, but you will never find that in my house. Never.
Instead of going for bread crumbs I decided to make them myself. I figured out how to do this a few months back, and even though it is way easier to buy the store ones and the taste isn't that much different, I feel a sense of pride when I make bread crumbs from scratch. I feel so... domesticated.
If you have never made bread crumbs from scratch, have no fear. It is really, really easy. Takes about 10 minutes, too. And you can season them any way you like. There are four things you need: bread, salt, seasonings, and a little bit of olive oil.
First, you take your bread (I used three slices of potato bread this time, but you can use any) and you grate it into, well... crumbs. Makes total sense, right? Throw those crumbs into a frying pan, add your salt and seasonings (I use garlic salt, oregano, and thyme), and drizzle some olive oil on top. Turn the heat on to medium and then stir frequently for 5-7 minutes. That's it!
Now that I had that done I was ready to go onto the actual recipe.
I have mentioned it before, but it is worth repeating. I heart avocados. Oh yes, I do. So does my husband. He likes them sweet, I like them salty, but whatever, we love them. So this sight makes us happy.
There you go, avocado fries. I must say, the concept is a little weird, right? As my husband pointed out, "Isn't the point of eating fruit and veggies to be healthy? Doesn't deep frying them kind of take that away?" Hmm... Dude's gotta point.
But that didn't stop him from getting seconds, thirds, and then more...
So yeah, maybe not your healthy veggies-on-the-side that you go for, but a dish you can enjoy none-the-less. And my thought is this: If I can do it to green tomatoes, why not to avocados? Yeah, that's what I thought.
Recipe Adapted from the Joy the Baker Cookbook
3 slices of bread
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup flour
1. Make bread crumbs (see above).
2. Cut the avocados in half, peal skin off, and slice
3. Beat eggs together. Put the eggs, flour, and bread crumbs out. Heat up vegetable oil in small frying pan over medium heat.
4. Taking one piece of avocado at a time, dip in egg, then flour, and then bread crumbs. When you have 6-8 pieces drop them (carefully) into oil.
5. Let cook in oil for 4 minutes, flipping once. Carefully remove from oil with a fork and place on paper-towel lined plate.
6. Continue dipping and frying until all pieces are done.