The grocery store had a sale on avocados so I picked one up to try but have no idea how to eat it or how to fix or make it. We never had one so just picked up one to start with. Can anyone please tell me what I should do with it. Thank you
I love to slice them and add them to a turkey and cheese sandwich with mayo. Yum, yum,
You can just slice it an eat it by itself or on a sandwich. There is a large seed in the middle. If I use it just to eat I cut it around the seed and twist. Like what you would do to get the seed out of the middle of a peach. Then I peel and enjoy. If I am going to mix it in a dip. I cut it in the middle and twist then scope it out of the peel with a spoon. I like mind mixed with a little garlic powder. tomatoes, onions, mayo and lemon juice.
I forgot to let you know that they need to feel soft ( some give when you push on it)to be ripe ,but not so soft they are mushy.
You can do one of several things, but I will only list two. You can make a vinaigrette sauce. Then cut the avocado in half, take out the pit and pour the sauce over it. You can spoon it out and eat it that way. You can also add sauteed onions to this to give it more of a kick.
Here's a way to fix it as a dessert - spoon it out of the skin into a small bowl. Add coffee that you've already made or you can make instant coffee. Add just enough so that it's not completely soupy, it should be maybe the texture of a thick pudding. Then add sugar to taste. This is something my mother used to make, she was born on the island of Java (Indonesia) and apparently that's how it's eaten as a dessert there. I know it sounds weird but I think it's really good.
There are many more ways you can make something out of an avocado and I'm sure there will be plenty more suggestions. If nothing else, just eat it with salt, lime juice and chili sauce.
I guess that actually is three.
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I put them on salads or just cut it up and eat it. They are so good for you!
slice the avocado lengthwise. It has a large pit in the center. Hold the half in the palm of your hand, take a sharp knife and strike the center of the pit, turn slightly and the pit will come right out. BE CAREFUL don't cut yourself.
I have an avocado slicer that in one swoop slices and removes the avocado from the outer skin. You can do it with a knife and spoon. I'm going to have one today for lunch!
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My favorite way to eat them is just by themselves, mashed with a bit of salt and maybe a bit of pepper. I toast bread and spread it on the toast...and enjoy!
My in-laws are Italian, and they always cut an avacodo or two into about 1-inch chunks, drizzled a little olive oil and wine vinegar over the chunks, then salt and pepper...and toss to cover well. They use this as a side dish when they BBQ or with just any meal. They are yummy that way, too.
Another easy way to use an avacado is to smash it - leaving some small chunks. Add salt/pepper to taste and use as a dip with tortilla chips or corn chips. You can also add some finely chopped onion and some finely chopped tomatoes......add whatever you like!
*IF there is any avacado/dip left, you can put the pit in the bowl to keep it from turning dark, or you can add a bit of lemon juice to retain the nice green color!
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I make guacamole with some cilantro, red onion, lime juice, a jalepeno and some salt. Of course you need a few avacados.
I love avocados! I like to slice mine and eat on sandwiches, burgers, tacos, etc. Or dice them into large chunks and add to salads. I also love them in guacamole, but I rarely make it myself. I've never eaten them on their own, but I love the idea of using it as a side dish as mentioned above.
I forgot to ask, do I peel it or not?
yes, you do not eat the skin....
Make sure you wash the skin well before you cut through it (I use a brush). If not, you could get ill from the germs on the peel. (Like cantaloupe, etc.)!!
I prefer the Hass.....more flavor.
I just cut it in half....add a little salt and pepper and eat it with a spoon, right out of the skin. Sometimes, I'll slice it for salads.
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We like to stuff ours with tuna. Just mix up tuna like you would for sandwiches and use that. We have a tree that keeps us well supplied. Lots of salads and guac. too.
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Wait until very soft, peel and add them to a sandwich, burger, or salad, yummy!!!
Use it to make guacamole, take out the seed and stuff with tuna salad. Save the seed, root in water I have about 7 going now....one in the ground doing fine.
Reading the subject I thought there was something wrong with your avocado. Like it was broken or unhappy or something. LOL
These things or so darn yummy. Eat them plain with a little salt & pepper, on sandwhiches, in salads. guacamole....
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Love avocado in salads, on Mexican food, and on sandwiches. A great sandwich: toasted bread, mayo, bacon, and slices of avocado. If you only eat half, leave the pit and skin on the other half to help keep it from turning dark and store in ziplock bag, lock n lock, or foodsaver bag. Enjoy!
For nice slices or cubes, open it up and remove the pit like Luvstodecorate said below (post #5). Then, while holding one unpeeled half in the palm of one hand, use a table or butter knife to make longitudinal slices through the flesh but not through the skin. Use a larger tablespoon to gently run between the flesh and the skin so that the slices drop right out. If you want cubes, simply cut the slices parallel to the first cuts, and use the spoon to scoop out the cubes. Repeat with second half. Really easy to do and makes a nice presentation.
There is no spoon...
I LOVE avocados! Make sure it is soft. If you just bought it, it might take a couple days to ripen up.
I make this dip with avocados:
Peel, remove seed and mash flesh with potato masher.
Then use a spoon for the following:
Add 1 - 2 T. lemon juice
Add 2 T. or more of green taco sauce
Add 1 C dairy sour cream and mix well together.
It is delicious with tortilla chip or ripple cut chips.
Sometimes if I have several of them on hand when on sale, I'll have a half for lunch with a dollop of mayo on it with Lawry's garlic salt on top. Yum, yum!
They are also delicious on a sandwich with turkey on a french roll!!!
Oh, I want an avocado right now!!! Hope you like your avocado, whatever you decide to do with it. Some people don't like avocado, but they are very good for you.
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I love fresh avocado slices, seasoned with S&P and French dressing! Yummy...now, I have to go to Publix and get a couple. I hope you enjoy your first avocado, Doglover...
For a healthy and delicious snack, I like to make avocado on toast. Cut open the avocado, take out the pit (hold the avocado in one hand, carefully take a knife and whack the pit so that the edge sticks in it, and twist the knife to the left or the right so that the pit comes out), and then scoop out the meat and smear it on a piece of toast (l like sourdough). I sprinkle salt on the avocado--I think salt's essential with avocado, it really brings out the flavor, especially in winter when it's not avocado season! Before you wrap up the remaining half of the fruit, spritz some lemon juice on it so it won't brown.
Oh and a good tip for finding a rip avocado--not only should it feel a little soft to the touch, try popping out the stem. If the place where the stem was is green, the avocado is ripe. Lots of times people will squish the avocados to test if they're ripe in the store, so a squishy avocado may just be bruised and handled by previous shoppers and not necessarily ripe. Mmm avocados--hope you love them as much as I do!
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Did anyone mention avocado and grapefruit?
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thank you so much. See, I told you I never had one and I would have washed and eaten the skin for sure.
thanks for all the suggestions. The one I got is soft but not at all squishy, is dark green and said haas, didn't know there was more than one kind.
I love any friut or veggie(other than okra and only because it is so slimy) so am sure I will also like this and will be getting them more often.
avacado's are soooo good thrown in a salad .. the best!
slice in a wedge and throw it right in.. so tasty!