Hunting Down Big Game Snacks
Avocados Kick Off 2018's Best Eating Experience
You’ve likely rocked the guac for years, but now you’re ready to hit the refresh button. We’ve punted the challenge to – who else, the California Avocado Commission, representing the state’s more than 2,000 commercial avocado growers – for some amazing ways to get to the core of this creamy, buttery, irresistible fruit.
Despite the recent scourge of wildfires and flooding in the state, there’s a healthy forecast ahead, assures the Commission’s Jan DeLyser. Compared to last year’s exceptionally light volume of 200 million pounds, “the current projection is coming at just under 375 million pounds, which is a good size crop for California, and availability will be improved from 2017.” Good news for all, as demand continues to grow, with avocados ramping up in just about every category worth measuring - day parts, meal parts, restaurant segments.
“It’s everywhere,” says DeLyser, “from smoothies and cocktails to acai bowls and dinner rolls.” Next on the horizon, she says, is the GEM avocado, a Hass descendant with higher production potential and excellent eating qualities.
Put the avocado in your big game day starting lineup with these recipes from the Reinhart kitchens and California Avocado Commission.
Pepper Jack Avocado Bites. Deep fried avocados are trending, and these bites are sure to delight with a slight spicy kick from pepper jack cheese and a crispy batter that crumbles in your mouth. Serve with choice of Ancho Aioli, Avocado Aioli or Avocado Ranch Dressing.
Avocado Chicken Salsa. Packed with flavor, this mouthwatering salsa presents beautifully in an avocado bowl. Serve as an appetizer with tortilla chips or as a small tapas dish.
Lobster Avocado Jalapeno Toast. Upscale your offerings with luxurious lobster on whole grain toast. Slice in small wedges for a completely impressive and irresistible app.
Gooey Grilled Cheese with Avocado and Spinach. Half time snacking doesn’t get better than this grilled cheese stuffed with creamy avocado, vitamin-packed spinach and zesty pesto, on hearty slices of potato bread.
Chilled California Avocado-Cucumber with Thai Basil and Mint Soup makes an eye-catching and tasty shooter.
Creamy Avocado Banana Fruit Dip, a smooth, creamy blend of avocado, banana, Greek yogurt, honey, lemon and cinnamon. Pair with apples, strawberries, pineapple or any fruit combination for a healthy dessert option.
And we’re definitely not taking guacamole off the table, we’ve just spun it in a slightly different direction:
Power Guac. Add pureed edamame beans to the mix and serve with a heaping platter of fresh veggies.
Chorizo Sliders with Cajun Guacamole has the big game written all over it…two appetizers in one!