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Batter dipped deep fried avocado?

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Darlene Feb 21, 2005 05:34 PM

I was watching Emeril last night and he showed how to deep fry an avocado. I love avocado but it never occurred to me to deep fry it. Has anybody ever tried it?

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    Darlene RE: Darlene Feb 21, 2005 05:45 PM

    I am asking if anybody has ever actually eaten this; I'm not asking here for cooking techniques.

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      TanQ10 RE: Darlene Feb 21, 2005 08:07 PM

      On a visit to Texas once, had a deep-fried avocado that was filled with crab meat. This was at a Mexican establishment, so i assume is a Mexican specialty?
      It was good..crispy on the outside, creamy-but-firm avocado layer with sweet crab meat filling. I have not come across it at like establishments in Boston/MD/NYC yet, or in Hawaii.

      -T

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        Rachel M. RE: TanQ10 Feb 21, 2005 08:21 PM

        I've had it in a few places in Tokyo billed as "avocado tempura"! Pretty decadent... yum.

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          Cristina RE: TanQ10 Feb 21, 2005 10:02 PM

          This is not a Mexican specialty, at least not in the part of Mexico where I live and not in any of the 26 Mexican states I've visited or lived in during the last 25 years.

          It may well have been simply an invention, a specialty of the restaurant you visited.

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            petradish RE: TanQ10 Feb 21, 2005 10:59 PM

            i have a deep fried avocado recipe cut from the pages of the los angeles times (a recipe request for a restaurant in austin called trudy's north star).

            basically an avocado stuffed with shredded chicken, dipped in buttermilk, coated in saltine crumbs, deep fried, sauced with green chile and melted cheddar and jack cheese.

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              jennyantepenultimate RE: petradish Feb 22, 2005 02:51 AM

              The restaurant is called Trudy's but there are 3 locations in town, North Star being one (Texas Star and South Star the other two). The stuffed avocado is considered a Tex-Mex specialty. I've had it a couple of times but it's really rich, with the already creamy avocado, and cheese and then the frying. Even though they only serve half the avocado, it's best shared.

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                sudha RE: petradish Apr 30, 2005 09:31 PM

                can you please send me the recipe for trudys stuffed avocado?

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                MidtownCoog RE: TanQ10 Feb 22, 2005 01:04 PM

                You can also get this at Los Cucos restaurants in Houston.

                Just as you describe it.

                But I really don't think it's anything to write home about.

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                  TanQ10 RE: MidtownCoog Feb 22, 2005 01:17 PM

                  I agree. It wass the first and last time I've had it, on my Texas trip. My spouse can't tolerate fresh avocados, so the concept of a fried one was stomch-turning for him. I ordered it out of curiosity and it was interesting, with the crab filling. I guess if they served half-portions at a nearby restaurant I'd probably order it again, with a pitcher of margaritas.

                  -T

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                    cocktailhour RE: MidtownCoog Jan 2, 2011 06:21 PM

                    I have had the Los Cucos version and I totally agree, MidtownCoog. It was sort of bland, the one I had. The avocado was kind of lost in all the breading and filling and stuff. I will stick to avocado in guacamole and have a deep fried something else!

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                  snackish RE: Darlene Feb 21, 2005 09:12 PM

                  Emeril is a lily-gilder from way back - he always overdoes it.

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                    nooodles RE: Darlene Feb 21, 2005 09:24 PM

                    The Cheesecake Factory does an avocado egg roll that comes pretty close to batter fried avocado.

                    They chop up avocadoes and lightly toss with what seems like salt, citrus, and a few pieces of tomato. Then they roll it in egg roll skin and deep fry it. It's served with a sweet tamarind sauce, and quite tasty. It's one of the three menu items I stick to whenever I'm forced to go to the Cheesecake Factory.

                    The avocado has to be quite ripe, and is best eaten warm rather than hot. It's creamy, but if you like to eat avocado out of the skin like I do, you'll like it.

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                      Funwithfood RE: nooodles Feb 23, 2005 03:55 PM

                      BJ's in Ca also does the same.

                      The interior is seductively creamy, with the contrasting crunch of the exterior...mmm. The tamarind sauce is a perfect accompaniment--I may have to go there tonight!

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                      MV RE: Darlene Feb 23, 2005 12:29 PM

                      Ive had avocado tempura at a few places in NYC. I got strange looks from my dining companions but everyone who tries it loves it.

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                        uwsister RE: MV Jan 5, 2011 10:34 PM

                        I realize it's from 2005, but maybe someone else knows - where to find avocado tempura in NYC? I think tempura batter is delicate enough that avocado taste would come through, so I would like to try it.

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                          small h RE: uwsister Apr 3, 2011 01:55 PM

                          Menupages "find-a-food" search to the rescue:

                          http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

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                        Brooke RE: Darlene Mar 9, 2005 12:11 PM

                        Yes i have had one and they are great!! I live in Corpus Christi, Texas and we have tons of mexican food restuarnats. One of them serve it as a main course with rice and beans. It is breaded and stuffed with motzarella cheese and deep fried. To die for!!

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                          cagr RE: Darlene Jan 2, 2011 01:37 PM

                          Yes. A client and I stopped (a few years ago) at Huntsville, Texas (on our way back to Houston) at a Mexican cafe next door to a western dancehall, just off I-45 (east side). It was wonderful. It was a deep fried avacado stuff with seafood, etc.

                          1. Will Owen RE: Darlene Jan 2, 2011 03:47 PM

                            Yes, there's a kind of raucous indoor/outdoor joint in East Nashville where the livelier portion of the family gathered after my son's wedding, and we held down a big outdoor table well into the night. Deep-fried avocados did make it onto the bill, several of them, of which I THINK I had but one. I also think I liked it a lot, though damned if I could tell you what it was stuffed with … I do remember thinking that this was a silly thing to do to an avocado, but I was glad someone had tried it.

                            FWIW, the place has a strong Texas flavor to it - either the owner is from there or likes it a lot - and the menu reflects that. IF the place is still there; East Nashville eateries can be ephemeral for no apparent reason.

                            1. FoodFuser RE: Darlene Jan 2, 2011 06:03 PM

                              There seems some potential here
                              to consider the beauty of a split avocado
                              and a split down the middle soft-boiled egg.

                              Both of them ovoid, of similar shape.

                              Get rid of that huge seed in that dear avocado
                              and scrape that hole to accept the shape of the egg.

                              Then shove egg in the hole where that big seed should go.

                              It would seem this asemblage would not want a deep fry
                              which batter would crowd out the picture
                              of egg nestled within
                              the split pit of the seed hole.

                              This would better be battered and just fried on its back
                              so yellow yolk, white albumen, and green all give gleam.
                              Breading fried crunchy upon deeply keeled base
                              and blanched with hot grease on the visible face.

                              1. luckyfatima RE: Darlene Jan 2, 2011 07:16 PM

                                I had deep fried avocado tacos at Torchy's Tacos in Austin, Texas. It seemed to be dredged in crumbs, not a wet batter. The grainy breading crust created a nice texture contrast with the soft avocado. Very delicious taco.

                                1. hyacinthgirl RE: Darlene Jan 3, 2011 03:30 PM

                                  I've had these in LA. I wasn't impressed, the avocado flavor seemed too delicate to hold its own next to the fried taste. Ultimately, it just made me crave something like french fries with a side of fresh sliced avocado.

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                                    magiesmom RE: Darlene Jan 3, 2011 03:42 PM

                                    I know this is a very unhip unchowish response, but to my mind an avocado is the perfect thing just the way it is. or drizzled with old balsalmic.

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                                      hyacinthgirl RE: magiesmom Jan 3, 2011 03:57 PM

                                      I consider that to be a deeply chowish response actually.

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                                        debbiel RE: magiesmom Jan 6, 2011 08:04 AM

                                        That' a very chowish response, actually.

                                      2. BerkshireTsarina RE: Darlene Jan 3, 2011 04:13 PM

                                        At Pastiche in Tucson last spring we had as a starter martini glasses filled with strips of deep-fried avocado with some kind of cocktail sauce ---- and man, they were delicious! Avocado being so rich, a whole or even a half, stuffed and/or deep fried, would be over the top. But these were kind of like fried mozzarella strips but, obviously, avocado. If I deep fried, I'd do 'em in a heartbeat, but I don't do that, so it remains a delicious memory.

                                        1. Tripeler RE: Darlene Jan 3, 2011 08:04 PM

                                          My favorite thing to do with an avocado is to half it, take out the pit, and stuff it with sea urchin (uni) or salmon eggs (ikura). Colors look great, and the flavors really go well together.

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                                            schnitzle RE: Darlene Jan 4, 2011 12:38 AM

                                            I've never had deep fried avocado, but we do grill it in the summer! It's wonderful with some lime and salt either in a tortilla, on a salad or just sliced.
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                                            I'd love to try the fried one though!

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                                              jujuthomas RE: schnitzle Jan 4, 2011 09:49 AM

                                              grilled? OMG what a great idea!

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                                                Will Owen RE: jujuthomas Jan 4, 2011 10:51 AM

                                                An avocado dealer at a farmer's market said his favorite avocado dish is grilled halves filled with ceviche. I think just about any good sharp or briny seafood item, such as the uni mentioned above, would be pretty damn good. Now we just need some grilling weather …

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                                              sedimental RE: Darlene Jan 4, 2011 08:44 AM

                                              A sushi place in my town has this dish- battered and deep fried avocado half. It is called "Monkey Brains". Really, half the avocado when dipped in squiggly batter looks like a little brain!

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                                                jujuthomas RE: Darlene Jan 4, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                I haven't eaten straight up deep fried avocado, but my favorite sushi roll at our local sushi bar has salmon and avocado inside, it's dipped in tempura batter and fried. the avo gets very creamy, contrasted with the crispy batter and the cooked salmon. YUM!

                                                1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Darlene Jan 6, 2011 08:14 AM

                                                  deep-fried avocado is an element of the deconstructed/nontraditional "Fish Tacos" at George's California Modern in La Jolla, CA.

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                                                    LarsT RE: Darlene Apr 3, 2011 12:21 PM

                                                    I had deep fried avocado last week at Cafe 35 in Temple, Texas, and it was exceptionally good. It was not stuffed - just slices of avocado, and the batter was like what you would use from deep fried artichokes - somewhat heavier than tempura, but lighter than what is used for fried chicken. It was served with chipotle mayonnaise, which I like, but is nothing special - I've been making that for many years.

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                                                      lonetexancweir RE: Darlene Jan 26, 2012 03:38 PM

                                                      My wife and I have had it at a Tex-Mex restaurant it had a cheese center with maybe a hint of jalapeno flavor then it was deep fried. we both liked it and have ordered it when ever we passed through. it was in Sealy TX.

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