Recently I read an article which asked: “What, in a recipe, would stop you from making it?”
Would it be too many ingredients? Or some strange, unattainable ingredient? Or a recipe that asked you to make one thing so you could use it later, in the main recipe?
For me, none of those instructions would stop me from proceeding. The thing that stops me from trying out a recipe is deep frying. So much oil! No way to dispose of the oil! Oil all over the top of the stove! And the odour that hangs around for a day or so afterwards.
I have thought about owning a deep fryer, but no matter how awesome the ability to make churros and deep fried chocolate bars and shrimp toast would be, I have resisted.
So when I see a recipe that mimics the frying, I’m intrigued. Will the method produce and acceptable substitute? Let’s find out!
Get some avocados.
Prep station ready: bowls with flour, egg and panko crumbs.
Dredge the avocados in the flour.
Then dip them in the egg.
Roll the avocado strips in the panko and lay them on a baking tray.
Crispy Baked Avocado Fries.
While the avocado fries are ‘frying’, make some dip. I didn’t really have a recipe, but I wasn’t going to use powdered stuff from a package, so…
Yogurt, sour cream, mustard, chipotle paste (as suggested in the original recipe), garlic and parsley.
Mixed all those together with some salt and pepper, then drizzled that over the Crispy Baked Avocado Fries.
These are pretty good, though I’m still not completely sold on warm avocado.
Here’s the recipe for the avocado fries:
Crispy Baked Avocado Fries
Creamy baked avocado fries coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
2 large avocados, sliced
salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
1/2 cup flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1 chipotle chili in adobo, chopped
Season the avocado slices with salt, pepper and cayenne to taste, dredge them in flour, dip them in egg and then panko breadcrumbs.
Place the avocado slices in a single layer on a wire rack on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 425F oven until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.
Serve with a mixture of ranch and chipotle dressing.
Made-up Ranch Dip
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon chipotle chili paste
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
salt and pepper
Whisk all ingredients together. Refrigerate until ready to use.