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Mar 10, 2011 09:37 AM
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Is cooked avocado weird?

I'm at work, and I just microwaved a rice and spinach salad I made for lunch. There's a little bit of avocado in the salad, and I hesitated about heating the salad at all because of the avocado. I thought: "Cooked avocado. Weird." But am I wrong about that? I just did a Chow search for avocado recipes and found only one among many that actually calls for cooking avocado.

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  1. I've seen avocado in both a Mussaman style Thai curry and a Mexican style soup, but I'm pretty sure it was added to both just before serving. I think avocado in any dish that simmered or was stirred often would just break up and become mush.

    Right?

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    1. re: DoobieWah

      I think avocado in any dish that simmered or was stirred often would just break up and become mush.

      Right?
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      right. but when heated and treated gently, it's actually pretty great.

      try grilling it sometime.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I'll do that but I'll admit my favorite treatment for an avocado is a little salt and a spoon.

        1. re: DoobieWah

          i don't even need salt, just give me the spoon ;)

          but if you ever want to try something a little different:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7588...

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            And here's another really simple recipe for an avocado "smashwich" that uses nothing but toast, olive oil, a sprinkle of salt & pepper and a good 'ol avocado.
            http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I'll echo the grilling -- I discovered this last month. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. Brush with a little oil, and when the steak or chicken is almost done, put the avocados cut side down on the edge of the fire. Grill for about five minutes until grill marks develop. Turn over, sprinkle shredded / grated / crumbled cheese into the former pit location (I used a mix of cotija and cheddar). Cover the grill and cook until the cheese is just melted. Remove to a plate, add a dash of Frank's or Tabasco and a squirt of lime juice. Serve. Devour.

      2. Cooked avacado gets bitter

        1. Some avocado soups are brought to a boil, then served, but I've never known it to be actually "cooked" in a prepared dish.

            1. re: pikawicca

              As are panko-coated avocado fries. Scary good. I tried grilling avocado once and did not care for it. It didn't really taste grilled - just heated.

              1. re: small h

                I agree on the grilled avocado - I just think they're warm and weird. Panko-coated fries, though - that sounds interesting. How do you make them?

                1. re: biondanonima

                  I've never made them myself (I have a fear of deep frying), but this looks like what I've had in restaurants:

                  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/din...

            2. The French do an avocado soup.

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              1. re: Steve

                I've had avocado soup, though it wasn't really French. It was good, but my tastebuds didn't really recognize it as avocado because it was hot (even though it was green and creamy). Definitely tasty, though.