What came first, the chip or the dip? In the case of avocados, it was most definitely the dip, although the dip has now become the dipper! Yes, avocados can and do make the most delicious and crunchy fries, and with a few simple steps, you too can make this snackable green fruit your go-to dipper.
Before you race off to the kitchen, it’s important to know how to buy just the right ripeness of avocado. If you learn how to buy your avocados for the week so you never run out, you’ll pick a few avos at various stages of ripeness. For immediate eating as a spreadable topping or dip, you need a ripe avocado; look for a dark, almost black avocado that yields to gentle pressure (not too hard!). A couple of days out, your pick of avocado should be green with black speckles or patches, while your end of the week avocado will be green and firm. It’s this last avocado, the unripe one, that makes the best fries.
Now, to the kitchen. You’ll need a little bit of seasoned flour (add a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and any other favorite spice), a beaten egg, and some Japanese-style breadcrumbs. Cut your avocados in half, lengthwise, and then remove the pit. Peel the avo and slice each half lengthwise into about 6 or 8 crescents, depending on size of the fruit. Dip each slice into the flour, then the egg. Finally, roll it in the breadcrumbs, which will give that delicious crunch that makes fries so delicious.
Place your avocado segments on a baking tray and then — this is important! — give them a good misting of cooking spray. Pop them into an oven pre-heated to 350F and bake them for 20 minutes or so, flipping them halfway through. Once they’re golden brown, take them out of the oven and let them rest for 2-3 minutes before attacking them with gusto.
The end result is a crunchy exterior that gives way to a creamy center and holds up well to just about any of your favorite dips, from a zesty lemon-spiked aioli to a spicy salsa.
We know you’ll be wanting to make this again and again. If you’ve stocked up on avocados and want to delay the ripening process in order to keep them firm, simply keep them in the fridge, where you’ll extend their shelf life by up to 5 days. You’ll get to introduce your tasty party piece again and, if by chance your avocado happens to ripen before you’re ready, you already know that avocados are great for more than just making fries, right?