By: M. Elise Giller
Hosting a party can be a lot of fun. What’s not so fun: cleaning up messy dips and dirty silverware and stepping on crumbs from chips and crackers. That’s why we’ve put together four finger foods featuring the amazing avocado — not all the mess — for your next soiree.
Avocado Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Mushrooms and avocados go together like grown-up peanut butter and jelly. Fill each bite-size portobello mushroom two-thirds to the top with goat cheese. Combine garlic, rosemary, and avocado until smooth. Then fill the top of the mushrooms with the mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
Cucumber and Avocado Summer Rolls
This appetizer is perfect for a spring party. After slicing an avocado and a cucumber into matchsticks, place them in the center of rice paper rounds, along with green lettuce, fresh basil and mint, and shredded carrots. Fold in the sides of the paper and roll tightly closed. Serve raw with a sauce of limejuice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce.=
You can easily make your favorite deviled egg recipe creamier by adding avocado into the mix. Simply put the regular ingredients (hard egg yolks, mayo, lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper) into a food processor along with avocado and blend until smooth. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag and pipe the yolk mixture into the emptied egg whites. Voilà!
Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies
Avocado makes brownies that much more decadent, fudgy, and delicious — and you’ll never guess there’s a vegetable in your dessert. Combine mashed avocado with flour, egg, cocoa powder, baking powder, coconut oil, brown sugar, and chocolate chips, and then bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.
Want more party planning advice? Read more here.