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Jul 17, 2007 02:16 PM

Avocado butter? Can I make such a thing?

Wondering if anyone has tried mashing a ripe (a bit overripe) avocado with butter and probably a little salt to make a kind of compound butter? I want to try it over steamed veggies...

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  1. Hmmm, avocado is so naturally buttery that making a compound butter out of it sounds a little weird to me. But that said, give it a try. Might be great, and even if it's nasty, it's not like you ruined a lobe of foie gras or anything

    1. I don't think avocados hold up well to heat. So putting them over steamed veggies may not produce a great result. But there is really no harm in trying, right? Report back if you give it a go.

      1. I don't know... usually when you make compound butters you're mixing butter with something that will either melt with the butter or is so small you don't notice it. Avocado doesn't really melt with heat. I do think you could puree avocado with some cream to make a sauce to drizzle over veggies.

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        1. re: leanneabe

          Maybe the cream/avocado puree might be a better option. I'll give both a shot since I have some avocados I better use tonight - and report back.

          1. re: wino22

            My local market sells an avocado dressing that includes garlic and roates poblano peppers. It is tasty and I often use it as a dipping sauce for raw veggies. Good luck in your experiment.

        2. I think I've seen avocado butter, in 'health food' stores years ago. I'd always thought it was made from the avocado pit like peanut butter is made from peanuts etc....

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          1. re: steinpilz

            Mantiquilla de pobre is translated as poor man's butter. It is just mashed and beaten avocado. No other ingredients.

          2. Alton Brown has an avocado episode in which he makes something like avocado butter with 2 avocados + 2 ounces butter + onions, cilantro, garlic, lemon, etc. Blend it smooth in a blender and chill to harden.