You can’t have a Fourth of July celebration without firing up the grill and letting your ingredients bring some heat of their own! Hamburgers and hot dogs are just about as patriotic as food gets on this holiday, though we’ll bet our Yankee Doodle Dandy that these additions will set off some serious flavor fireworks!
A ripe avocado is a perfect candidate for grilling. No, we’re not kidding! With its firm yet creamy flesh, it’s sturdy enough to take on some serious grill marks while natural fats prevent the green fruit from drying out. The first thing you need to do is halve each avocado and remove the pit. Next, you want to add some acidity and oil to the flesh, which will help it retain its fresh color and prevent it from sticking to the grill.
You can use lime juice and olive oil, or make a dressing with crushed garlic, chopped serrano chiles, cilantro, and olive oil for an extra hit of heat. At this point, you’re ready to grill your avocado halves (flesh-side down) on a medium-high grill for about 4 minutes. If you want to have them look even fancier, you can start grilling them at 45 degrees to the direction of the grill, turning them 90 degrees at the halfway mark, and behold! Beautiful diamond shaped grill marks.
Once they’re done, you can pair them or top them with anything your heart desires: quartered cherry tomatoes, roasted jalapeños or even grilled Halloumi, a wonderfully salty and squeaky cheese that can be grilled on the very same barbecue with just a light brushing of oil.
If you prefer to have your avocados in bite-sized chunks, quarter your avocados instead of halving them, and then grill each side of the fruit. While they’re grilling, finely dice some red onion and toss it with lime juice, salt, and roasted garlic paste. Once your avocados are grilled, roughly chop them and add them to the onion mixture. Top them off with some finely diced tomatoes and chopped cilantro and serve with tortilla chips, as you patiently wait for your burgers and the next round of fireworks!