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Overrun with ripe avocados. What to do besides guac or salad?

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  • kemi5 Aug 15, 2010 09:09 AM
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What to do besides guac, salad, cocatel, or poke? Thanks.

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  1. mash & freeze until you need avocado again.

    1. avocado soup! here is one of many variations: http://recipeisland.com/blog1/recipe-...

      smear on a smoked turkey sandwich.

      eggs florentine with avocado sauce: http://bethsjourney.com/2010/05/07/eg...

      vietnamese avocado smoothie: http://www.whats4eats.com/beverages/s...

      avocado sauce for fish tacos: http://www.cooking-mexican-recipes.co...

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      1. re: alkapal

        DItto on the avocado soup- Sara Foster has a fantastic one called Chilled Avocado Soup out of her Fresh Everyday Cookbook... I made it all the time in the summer when avocados are in the house long enough that we have too many (rarely happens sadly. I love avocados)

        3 ripe Haas Avocados, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped
        1 med cucumber, peeled, seeded, roughly chopped
        5 scallions, roughly chopped (white and green parts)
        2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
        4c chicken or veggie broth
        1c well-shaken buttermilk
        Grated zest & juice of 2 limes
        1c spinach leaves, stems removed, washed and drained
        1/4c fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
        2 t sea salt, plus more to toaste
        1/2t freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

        Put avocado, cucumber, scallions, garlic, 1c chicken broth, buttermilk, lime zest, lime juice, spinach, cilantro, 2t salt, and 1/2t pepper in bowl of food processor fitted with a metal blade or jar of a blender and process until smooth. (Depending on size of the food processor, you may need to go in batches)

        Pour soup into large plastic container. Gradually stir in remaining broth until soup reaches a smooth, soupy consistency. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Best served day it's made.

        1. re: wenster

          i like that recipe! that could be served warm, too -- though warmed before the cilantro/spinach puree would be added. lemon or lime juice at the end, too.

          1. re: alkapal

            Hmm... will have to try it warmed... I did a warm avocado soup once and I think I overheated it because it turned bitter. In any case, I've been slurping this one down cold, no leftovers to heat up!!!

            1. re: wenster

              it is probably better chilled or room temp. i love avocados.

      2. wouldn't an artichoke avocado hot dip be good? look on the right at this site for tons of appetizing avocado dip recipes: http://www.ifood.tv/network/artichoke...

        i like shrimp salad served in avocados.

        salad dressings:
        avocado green goddess
        avocado ranch

        1. Ice cream and smoothies.

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          1. re: Duppie

            2nd the ice cream!

            1. re: IndyGirl

              3rd, David Lebovitz has a great recipe in the Perfect Scoop Book

          2. - Use them as a spread for sandwiches instead of mayo
            - Mash with salt and pepper, smear on a fresh, warm corn tortilla, wrap and eat
            - Tomato, avocado, fresh mozz, drizzle of olive oil, salt and peper
            - Eat straight out of the shell, drizzle of italian or french dressing if desired
            - Blend with yogurt, garlic seasonings to taste and use as a sauce for firm white fish or seafood
            - Salad dressing
            - Smoothie
            - Chilled soup
            - BLT + avocado
            - Add chopped peaches, apricots, plums and mango to guacamole, top with pomegranate seeds for a variation
            - Compound butter
            - Chopped pink grapefruit + chopped avocado + chopped peanuts + cilantro or mint
            - Visit Calavo Avocado (California Avocado Growers Assoc) page for more ideas - http://www.calavo.com/recipes.php

            1. Spread on a toasted sesame bagel, with a little salt.

              1. Smash on sourdough toast with a squeeze of lemon
                Deep-fry with panko coating - a specialty at a bistro in Mendocino CA
                Second on the avocado soup; great use for the "less public" ones

                1. I mash mine with cottage cheese and spread on whole grain toast for breakfast.

                  1. Mix it with lemon and use as a facial and body masque?

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                    1. re: mcf

                      LOL...I like it!

                    2. If they are all ripe right now, cut in half, remove from the shell, take out the pit and freeze halves or mash and freeze in portion sizes. You can enjoy all the recipesat your leisure and nothing will go to waste.

                      1. Taking a cue from another excess produce thread ... think dessert

                        Avocado Fudge Recipe ... because you weren't getting enough fat from butter in fudge ...or as I like to think of this ... kill your friends with kindess
                        http://vegetarian.about.com/od/desert...

                        Avocado Ice Candy
                        http://wifelysteps.com/2006/07/04/avo...

                        Avocado Jalapeno Ice Cream
                        http://www.ifood.tv/recipe/real-texas...

                        Chocolate Almond Avocado Brownies
                        http://www.ivillage.com/chocolate-alm...

                        Butter fruit dessert
                        http://www.quick-n-easyrecipes.com/bu...

                        Avocado pudding
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/522318

                        Avocado, Chocolate, a nd Sweet Potato Pudding
                        http://www.choosingraw.com/avocado-ch...

                        Avocado bread
                        http://www.aussiecooking.com.au/cook/...

                        Healrty Dark Chocolate Avocado Muffins
                        http://thehealthyapple.com/2009/07/16...

                        Avocado corn muffings
                        http://whatscooking.us/2009/02/03/avo...

                        Cheddar Avocado Muffins - ok, they're savory, but bacon is involved too.
                        http://www.lifelightlysalted.com/blog...

                        Butter fruit dessert
                        Avocado Lime Tea Cookies
                        http://veganyumyum.com/2007/01/avocad...

                        Avocado pie
                        http://aninsatiableappetite.blogspot....
                        http://www.bfeedme.com/snack-of-the-d...
                        http://retrolife.typepad.com/my_weblo...

                        Chocolate avocado pie
                        http://www.naturalonabudget.com/2010/...

                        Chocolate Avocado Cake With Avocado Buttercream ... don't know about chocolate and avocado, but somehow avocado buttercream sounds good
                        http://mobile.seriouseats.com/recipes...

                        Avocado Cake with Lime Browned Butter Icing
                        http://www.atthebakersbench.com/2010/...

                        Avocado Pound Cake ... to put on the pounds
                        http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2010/...

                        Lemon avocado cake
                        http://www.namelymarly.com/2010/05/le...

                        Avocado pistachio cake
                        http://ratedralph.com/?p=187

                        And lots of recipes from the California Avocado board. Most are savory such as an avocado melt. There are a few sweet recipes like avocado and strawberry parfail
                        http://growers.avocado.org/recipes/br...

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                        1. re: rworange

                          OMG and WOW!!! Many interesting recipes to choose from. Which if any have you tried with success?

                          1. re: kemi5

                            Zero. A recent post in another thread about 'think dessert' got me curious so I just googgled. If the OP is overrun with avocados then doing some testing probably won't cost much.

                            I'll probably check dessert recipes in the future if I am overrun with some produce item or another.

                        2. I'd just cut in half, core it and eat it straight with a spoon.

                          1. I really like a bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and turkey croissant.

                            I just bought 4 - 5 largee avocadoes on sale the other day. I made a small amount of Guacamole with 1 avocado and mashed, put some lemon juice on it and put the rest in foodsaver bags in the freezer.

                            1. Anything with crab...and bacon too.

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                              1. re: cookingasshole

                                Did somebody say BACON?!?!?! :P

                              2. Some great ideas here.

                                Another really good soup recipe is this cold avocado corn soup made with roasted corn. (Look at the comments to the recipe.) This one is a summer tradition for us when the corn is good.

                                http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                1. If you like Vietnamese flavors, this chilled avocado, lime and orange soup is super easy and delicious: http://www.latartinegourmande.com/200...

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                                  1. re: sweetpotater

                                    Looks interesting.

                                    Does anyone have a good avocado soup recipe that doesn't call for lime juice, lemon juice or buttermilk? I've got several avocados on hand, but I'm out of limes, lemons and buttermilk.

                                    1. re: prima

                                      I'm sure it's too late for you now but I would personally try a little vinegar. I think the acidic ingredients are there at least in part to prevent the avocado browning and vinegar would do that, as well as add brightness.
                                      ie/
                                      http://www.chinesegrandma.com/2011/05...
                                      (she uses lemon but talks about alternate recipes with vinegar

                                      )

                                      Yogurt and sour cream, thinned with milk if necessary, are good buttermilk subs.

                                      1. re: julesrules

                                        Thanks julesrules. I still have 3 left, and I bought some limes today. :-)

                                        I have used white balsamic on an avocado salad, works nicely.

                                      2. re: prima

                                        I used to make one with broth, yoghurt, and curry powder.

                                        There's an item on a local menu that is fried avocado halves with shrimp in them. The frying seems like a wy to make a great combination less great.

                                        I used to have a dish at a local Mexican place that I loved, enchiladas stuffed with big chunks of avocado and strips of poblano and onion.

                                        1. re: tim irvine

                                          thanks!

                                    2. I frequently had avocado shakes in Jakarta, typically with palm sugar syrup, but failing that, chocolate syrup would be alright.

                                      1. I had avocado mashed potatoes at a restaurant in Brooklyn that were excellent.

                                        1. kind of similar to the vietnamese smoothie, but I really love making an avocado bubble tea drink. gotta get those tapioca pearls though.

                                          1. Send them to me ; )

                                            Lots of good ideas here I'll have to try if I ever have that "problem".

                                            1. sliced on whole wheat toast for breakfast

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                                              1. re: Splendid Spatula

                                                Definitely!

                                                1. re: IndyGirl

                                                  With SALT people, with salt ;)
                                                  Try toasted sesame bagel too - Montreal style being the ultimate :) Toasted sesame + avocado = yum. Hmmm maybe I should put dark sesame oil on my next avocado toast!

                                                  1. re: julesrules

                                                    for sure, with salt. A really minerally sea salt!

                                                    1. re: IndyGirl

                                                      Grey salt on avocados with a little vinaigrette of white wine vinegar, peanut oil, and Dijon. We have it often with a few wedges of tomato and very thin slices of sweet onion.

                                              2. One of my favorite sandwiches is a tuna club with avacado, sprouts, shredded carrots and shredded swiss cheese on honey wheatberry bread.

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                                                1. re: mrsfury

                                                  BLAT sandwiches are good, too. (Bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato)

                                                  Also like Cobb sandwiches.

                                                2. good for a holiday platter of smoked salmon…in a vinaigrette: http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/reci...