The idea of cooking an avocado is weird to me. Avocados are meant to be fresh and provide a cool accent to other foods. Sliced on a BLT sandwich, smashed into guacamole, spread on an english muffin topped with an egg. Often served with a warm food but not warm itself. Think about heating your sour cream and spreading it on a burrito. The temperature difference of the sour cream and salsa in a burrito is part of what makes it compliment the warm veggies and meat so well.
After making these avocado fries, I am no longer against cooking avocados. The tender, rich avocado is surrounded by a crispy panko breadcrumb shell creating something so creamy and at the same time crunchy . Avocado fries will give you a new way of thinking about avocados.
Lemon Garlic Aioli is fresh and light. It’s a great balance to the richness of the avocado. They were also good dipped in the chipotle mayo from Happy Hour last week.
Make sure your avocados are not overripe or it will be difficult to handle them. I made just one avocado worth of fries but make as many as you want. I could have made one and a half avocados worth of fries with the amount of breading ingredients in this recipe so for three avocados I would double the batter ingredients.
- 1 ripe avocado (not overripe)
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg
- ½ tablespoon salted butter, melted
- ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- black pepper
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- black pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on the cookie sheet.
- Slice avocado lengthwise. I ended up with 12 slices for one avocado.
- In a medium bowl mix flour with a pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper. In a second medium bowl lightly beat the egg. In a third medium bowl mix the melted butter with the panko bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and a pinch of salt and black pepper.
- Cover each avocado slice in flour, then dip in the beaten egg and finally coat with breadcrumbs before placing each on the wire rack.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until the breadcrumbs are lightly browned. While the fries bake, stir together all the ingredients for the dipping sauce and save in the refrigerator until the fries are finished baking. Allow the avocado fries to cool before serving with the dipping sauce.