Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Joy the Baker Cookbook: Avocado Fries

I'm pretty sure my new favorite thing is avocados.  I've always known they were good, (and Dennis makes a killer guacamole), and I know that restaurants went through a phase recently where you could add avocado to everything (for just a dollar extra!), but they cost about $2.50 a piece back in North Carolina.

Enter California:  avocados for 50 cents a piece!  Holy crap!

I went through a couple of weeks where I ate half an avocado every day, and kept trying to think of new ways to eat them (filled with tuna salad!  Filled with cottage cheese!  Sprinkled with Cajun seasoning and eaten like an apple!)

This recipe from the Joy the Baker Cookbook actually calls for these avocado fries to be. . .well, fried, but, for one, deep frying things terrifies me, and for another, baking them sounded healthier.  I searched, and found this site, where someone else made these with pretty much the same recipe from the cookbook, but they baked them instead of fried them.  Worked out great, and now I have yet another new way to eat these things!

Avocado Fries
From the Joy the Baker Cookbook and Eat Boutique!
Serves 4


2 medium ripe avocados
2 large eggs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Salt, lemon, and cayenne pepper for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Halve, peel, and slice avocados into spears.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs.

In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and cayenne pepper.

In a third bowl, mix the panko crumbs and salt.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  (Or, if you're me and don't have your kitchen stuff out of storage yet, use an aluminum pan you picked up at the Dollar Tree!)

Dip the avocado slices into the egg, then into the flour mixture, and finally, into the breadcrumbs.  Place slices on the baking pan.

Bake fries for 19-23 minutes, until they start to brown.  Sprinkle with extra lemon, salt, and cayenne before serving.

Pro-tip:  These are excellent with a green salad and a turkey burger!  Just sayin'.

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