Do you love the rich, creamy, oil-rich taste of a fresh avocado? Are you looking for new ways to use avocados in your cooking? Have you ever thought about baking an avocado? Baked avocado can be incorporated into a variety of delicious dishes — including freshly baked avocado and eggs and baked avocado fries.
The key, however, is to bake the avocado at the right temperature and for the perfect amount of time. Sometimes this takes practice and often is dependent upon how you are using the baked avocado. If you wanted to, you certainly could cut the avocado in half and bake it basically whole. But there are more interesting ways to incorporate baked avocado into your daily diet. Follow this quick and easy guide for tips on preparing and baking the perfect avocado for your next meal or snack!
Gather the basic materials that you will need to bake an avocado. First, you are going to need at least one or two medium-sized avocados. You also will need a collander, a spoon, a small bowl, a baking dish, a cutting board, your favorite vegetable knife, a clean kitchen towel, and a baking sheet.
To experiment with several baked avocado recipes, also consider gathering an egg, diced tomatoes, flour, and Japanese bread crumbs (also called Panko bread crumbs).
Prepping the ‘Cado
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Wash your avocado in clean, cool water. If you have a latex allergy, make sure you buy organic avocados or avoid them altogether. Drop it in a colander to dry or pat it dry with clean dish towel. Place it on your cutting board and cut it in half. Twist the avocado halves apart. Using a spoon, remove the pit. Carve out a little of the flesh around the hole where the pit once was.
Avocado and Egg
Place the avocado halves in a baking dish. Crack an egg over each halve. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes. Serve the avocado-egg on a plate for your breakfast guests. Garnish with fresh, diced tomatoes.
Baked Avocado Fries
Instead of placing the avocado halves directly in a baking dish, slice them into strips much like french fries. Crack an egg and separate the yolk from the whites. Place the whites in a bowl. Dip the avocado strips in flour, then in the egg whites, and finally in the bread crumbs. Place them directly on a nonstick baking sheet. Bake the fries for 20 minutes. Once they are done, take them out and allow the to cool a little before eating them. Dip the baked avocado fries into a dip such as Ranch dressing to add flavor and tanginess.
Medium-sized avocados take about 20 minutes to bake completely. Adjust all other sizes accordingly. Smaller avocados will take a little less than 20 minutes. Large or oversized avocados will take 25 minutes or more. Because an avocado can be eaten fresh and raw, you are not risking your health by eating an avocado that is not baked completely. Baking the avocado is going to change the texture an taste slightly, resulting in a more buttery and muted flavor. This is why it is great to pair a baked avocado with another flavor. This is especially a good idea if you are already not extremely fond of the avocado taste. A baked avocado will retain its creaminess and richness.
Surely, we’ve all had delicious avocado in guacamole, sushi, and salads. That rich, creamy, oil-infused taste is fantastic on the palette when it comes fresh from the organic garden. However, avocados also are quite delicious when baked at the perfect temperature. Experiment with different recipes in order to incorporate baked avocado in your daily diet. Instead of regular french fries, try baked avocado fries. Instead of the traditional egg at breakfast, try the baked avocado-egg combination.
Relish the creamy, mellow, and even buttery taste of this unique vegetable. With time and patience, you will be able to bake your avocado to perfection. Enjoy!