A few weeks ago I had that lovely dinner with the woman behind Philly Cow Share (one of my new favorite businesses). At the end of the dinner, we each got a cooking challenge, and within my cooking challenge I created a few recipes that ended up standing on their own and being completely successful. It was a good night!
One of the side dishes for the meal that I made contained avocados as its main ingredient. I have to say (as I breathe on my fingers then rub them on my collarbone – you know, that thing people do) that it turned out MUCH better than I had ever anticipated. So good that I had to share! Now, I made it as a side dish and it was perfect, but I can also definitely envision it being a delicious appetizer as well. I hope you enjoy them as much as I (and my wonderful taste-testing neighbors) did!
Fried Avocado with a Garlicky Cilantro Lime Sauce
Fried Avocado Slices
2 whole avocado sliced into thick slices (think the size of pear slices)
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 large egg
oil (enough to cover the bottom of a frying pan)
Garlicky Cilantro Lime Sauce
2 jalapenos, chopped without the seeds
3 Tbsp chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 limes, just the juice
2 cloves garlic
a dash of salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1. Combine jalapenos, onion, cilantro, garlic, salt, and lime juice in a food processor and pulse until fine.
2. Mix in sour cream and yogurt.
3. Chill sauce in refrigerator until ready to serve.
4. Whisk your egg in one bowl.
5. In another bowl, stir together flour, Panko crumbs, and cumin.
6. Fill the bottom of a frying pan with oil until covered completely (about 1/8-1/4 inch oil).
7. Take the avocado slice and dip in egg first, then immediately submerge in flour mixture to completely cover.
8. Place in pan with heated oil.
9. Repeat with all other avocado slices.
10. Cook for a few minutes on each side. Panko crumbs will be browned. **I am not giving an exact time because: A) They are avocados and don’t need to be cooked all the way through and B) depending on the heat of your stove-top, it will be different. Just make sure they look browned and pretty on each side.
11. When avocados are browned, place them on a plate covered in paper towels to drain off the extra oil.
Serve these with the Garlicky Cilantro Lime sauce which makes the perfect dipping sauce. We also had tacos the next night and both the leftover avocados and sauce went perfectly with them as well! There are so many options for this. I love that!