01 March, 2012

Oh, Avocado... How I Love Thee.

Avocados. Those funny looking fruits at the grocery store. Buttery in taste and texture, rich in nutrients and vitamins... plus that amazing delicious green color. Perfect for Saint Patrick's Day, though not custom fare on this rock in the sea, much to my chagrin.

My mouth waters just at the thought of them. *droooool*

I have purchased at least 20 avocados since I have lived in Ireland and only ONE of them has been good. When I find them in the grocery store, they're either tiny (see below) and rock hard or decently sized and... you guessed it... rock hard. Usually, by the time they ripen, they're all brown and stringy inside - in other words, gross.

umm... what the crap?!

When I lived in the states, I would buy 3-4 avocados a week and eat them in sandwiches with sprouts and a bit of mayo, on toast with a bit of salt and pepper, or my favorite way - in homemade guacamole. My best friend and I have come up with a few different recipes to make it, and we used to eat it together on the couch while watching our favorite television shows.  We tried making an avocado smoothie once, but it turned out to be a failure.
Those were really the only ways I had ever heard of using avocados. Enter Pinterest.

Through the amazingness that is Pinterest, I have found TONS of other stuff to do with avocados that I never even thought of, and new twists on old favorites! Here are 15 new (to me) ways to enjoy the avocado, in no particular order (recipes and info are under their respective photos):

1. Eggs in Avocado Slices 
by Donna & Anne at ApronStringsBlog.com
Click here for the recipe.

2. Avocado Chicken Parmegiana
by Ellena Guan at EllenaGuan.blogspot.com
Click here for the recipe.

3. Avocado Club Sandwich   
by Natalie Dixon at aTurtlesLifeforMe.com
Click here for the recipe.

4. Avocado Deviled Eggs
Click here for the recipe.

5. Creamy Bacon Tomato 
and Avocado Pasta Salad
by Des at LifesAmbrosia.com
Click here for the recipe.

6. Smashed White Bean 
and Avocado Club
Click here for the recipe.

7. Avocado Chimichurri 
by Elle at EllesNewEnglandKitchen.squarespace.com
Click here for the recipe.

8. Avocado Hummus
by Ashley at EdiblePerspective.com
Click here for the recipe.

9. Sweet Glazed 
Avocado Pop Tarts
by Scarletta at ScarlettaBakes.com
Click here for the recipe.

10. Creamed Avocado 
and Lime Chilled Pasta
by Noriko at NorikoBurky.com
Click here for the recipe.

11. Avocado Pound Cake 
by Joy Wilson at JoytheBaker.com
Click here for the recipe.

12. Avocado Smoothie
Click here for the recipe.

13. Avocado Salad
Click here for the recipe

14. Avocado Fries with 
Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce
Click here for the recipe.

15. Southwestern Eggrolls
with Avocado Ranch
by Allie at CakeandAllie.com
Click here for the recipe. 

Did you find something new and interesting? Some of these were real eye-openers to me. I really hope I can find a good source for good avocados in Ireland soon. If you know of one, do let me know!

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