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A Winning Menu for the Biggest Game of the Year

A Winning Menu for the Biggest Game of the Year

Posted April 11, 2017

Score extra points with these fresh ideas using avocados in your game-day spread.

These inventive recipes will surprise your guests as much as a faked punt on fourth down. But there’s nothing sneaky about what makes them so good. Fresh-tasting Avocados From Mexico, of course! Available 365 days a year, they’re always in season.

Avocados are like the most reliable of wide receivers — the go-to ingredient you can trust to make the big play. And you’ll become Hall of Fame-worthy in the kitchen when you incorporate avocados into your game plan during the biggest matchup of the year. So huddle up and choose one of these stellar plays.

Buffalo Guacamole
Is there any food that screams “game day” more than buffalo wings, served with celery and blue cheese dressing to cool things down? Is there any chip-and-dip combo that’s more ubiquitous at kickoff than chips and guacamole? Well, this fabulous recipe combines these two popular football snacks into a perfect blend of game-day goodness. Make guacamole as usual, with fresh avocados, tomatoes, garlic, and onion, but top the already delicious concoction with buffalo sauce, blue cheese crumbles, and celery sticks. Serve with tortilla chips if you decide you don’t want to eat it with a spoon!

Hot Dogs With Charred Corn and Avocado Relish
Hot dogs during halftime? Pull this easy, make-ahead relish out of the fridge to transform them into something special. Fire-roasted corn combines with fresh, diced avocado and chopped jalapeños, red onion, and cherry tomatoes — all dressed in olive oil and lime juice. Fancier than plain old ketchup and mustard on your dogs, right? And it’s down-to-earth delicious.

Avocado BLT Sliders
Add the creamy goodness of sliced avocados to the buttery, grilled goodness of old-fashioned bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches. Soft green fruit counters the crisp, salty bacon, while the juicy tomatoes and mayonnaise crown the delicious stack. Guests will reach for more than one during a commercial break.

Baked Potato Wedges With Double Garlic Avocado Aioli
The creamy, tangy goodness of this puree makes a fresh alternative to classic toppings for potato skins. The aioli recipe blends avocados and mayonnaise with salt and two kinds of garlic — fresh and roasted. Mix it all together and serve with simple roasted potato wedges. (Cut baking potatoes into wedges, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until done.) The warm wedges and cool aioli will make guests cheer!

Amazing White Chili
Topped with fresh, ripe avocado and Monterey Jack cheese, this savory chicken chili will satisfy even the most anxious fan during a close match! Made with a bottle of seasonal lager, this white chili also has plenty of kick — thanks to the 8 ounces of chopped Anaheim or poblano chili peppers, along with plenty of chili powder and hot sauce. Let the chili simmer throughout the game, and chop the avocado topping when you’re ready to serve.

Avocado Remoulade on Po’ Boy Sandwiches
Serve up hearty shrimp or oyster po’ boy sandwiches drizzled with this twist on a classic Cajun condiment. This avocado-based version of remoulade, made with avocados, lemon, Dijon mustard, milk, and a sprinkling of Old Bay seasoning, will be something your guests remember long after the final score fades.

Burgers With Chunky Guacamole
Add a dollop of Chunky Guacamole on top of cheeseburgers. This classic recipe has just enough tang from the lemon juice and heat from a jalapeño to make the mundane game-day burger into a real winner.

Ripe and Ready
Make sure you have plenty of ripe avocados on hand for game day. Check out this video and read below to learn the three-prong test for determining ripeness.

  1. Look at the color. Green skin indicates an avocado is unripe, while darker, brown-black skin means it’s ready for dicing and slicing.
  2. Test for firmness. Hard like a baseball means the fruit’s not ready. If it has a little give, you’re good to go.
  3. Look at the stem. If it flips out easily, then it’s ready to use. If it’s hard to remove, give the fruit another day or so.