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5 Unusual Avocado Pairings

Are you looking for creative ways to eat avocados that go beyond guacamole? Is your palate begging for a new and exciting adventure? While some of these avocado combos might sound cringe worthy upon first glance, avocado’s creamy texture and refreshing flavor plays nice with almost anything, and you’ll find that these ingredients combine for a delicious synergy.

Here are some creative and unusual flavor combinations, both savory and sweet, to make the most of your avocado experience.

Avocado and Chocolate

It may come as a surprise to you, but avocado can play the role of butter or oil in certain dessert recipes. Why not try to whip up some chocolate avocado frosting the next time you make cupcakes? In a food processor, add 2 ripe avocados (peeled and pitted); 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup; 2 tablespoons coconut oil; 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; a pinch of salt, and mix well. The frosting keeps in the refrigerator for a couple of days but it’s so good that it may not last that long!

But, before you go on making this delicious frosting, let’s get back to basics. You’re at the store getting the ingredients for your chosen recipe. How can you tell whether an avocado is ripe and ready to eat? The answer: When it yields to gentle pressure.

Other wonderful avo-chocolate combinations include decadent dark chocolate avocado brownies and dark chocolate avocado truffles, which are easy to make and fun to mix and roll with the kiddos.

Avocado and Coffee

It may sound like the strangest combination ever, but trust us: This avocado iced coffee shake is a refreshing pick-me-up. Toss half a ripe avocado (minus the skin and the pit); 1 cup strong coffee (espresso is ideal. Let it cool down first); 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk; and ice cubes in a blender and blend well. Play with the ingredients until you find the perfect combination for you.

What to do with the other half of that avocado? It’s simple! Rub lemon juice over the exposed flesh and wrap in cling film to save it for later.

Avocado and Honey

Avocado is astonishingly versatile, as delicious with savory ingredients as it is with sweet ones, and sometimes, the simplest preparations are the ones that delight the most, like avocado toast with a honey drizzle. Toast a slice of hearty bread; spread some cottage cheese on top; slice half an avocado and place it atop the cottage cheese; and sprinkle with salt and pepper before finishing with a drizzle of your favorite honey.

Avocado and Balsamic Vinegar

For a quick fresh snack, cut one avocado into chunks, then drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. To make this into a side salad, add slices of mozzarella cheese and chopped tomato. You can use these same ingredients to make skewers served with a balsamic dipping sauce for tailgating or an informal party.

Avocado and balsamic vinegar can also team up for dessert. Try this avocado pudding: Mash half a ripe avocado per person and mix with lime juice and sugar to taste. Before serving, drizzle with a balsamic reduction. For the reduction, stir 1 cup balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup honey. Bring to a boil in a small saucepan; lower the heat and simmer until the liquid has reduced by a third. Let it cool and store in the refrigerator before using.

Avocado and Olives

Avocado and olive mayo will give any burger big oomph and you can also serve it as a dip with crudité or pita chips. Simply blend 1 ripe avocado; 10 pitted black olives; 1 garlic clove; 1/4 cup lemon juice; salt and pepper. Then slowly trickle in a 1/2-cup of olive oil until the mix emulsifies and purée to perfection.

These creative and unusual avocado combinations will definitely please your palate. Which one will you make first?

By Avocados From Mexico February 16, 2017

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