Sunday, November 13, 2011

Avocado Fries

 So I went out to lunch with my best friend and her bridal party and we were totally psyched for Margaritas and avocado fries at the local Mexican cantina.  Unfortunately they were out of avocado fries at the time and we settled for guacamole. On a more positive note, it gave me the inspiration to make these tasty appetizer treats! The texture and flavor in these is wonderful, they are warm and creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

I debated whether or not I would bake them, to eliminate added fats, but I decided to pan fry them so they would get nice and crispy.  I admit this isn't the healthiest snack I've ever made,  but they were crispy and creamy and absolutely delicious.  Because they are pretty rich, one or two is plenty to hit the spot.  I served them with a honey mustard dipping sauce with really brought out the sweetness of the avocado.

A bit about avocado... Did you know that avocados are actually fruit?  Although they are high in fat, they are great to add to your diet because they are high in the monounsaturated fats (one of the heart healthy fats). They are also high in fiber, potassium, B vitamins, and Vitamin E.

Avocado Fries
Serves 4

1 ripe avocado
1/4 cup canola oil
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
dash of cayenne pepper

Directions: Half the avocado and remove the pit.  Slice each half into 5 thin slices and then remove the skin.  Mix the flour, garlic powder, and cayenne powder in a small bowl, set aside.  Dip each slice into eggs and dredge in the flour mixture. Heat the oil in a large frying pan.  The oil is hot enough when you splash a few drops of water and the oil sizzles.  Add the avocado slices and cook 2 minutes on each side.  The breading should become golden.

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