Is avocado a fruit or a vegetable? It is actually a tropical fruit but like a few other fruits such as the tomato and the plantain, it is eaten as vegetable, commonly finding its way into salads, dips and as an accompaniment for Mexican dishes.
It just so happens that this rich tasting, creamy fleshed fruit is marvelous grilled – like almost any other food, which is terrific all by itself, it seems that the only way to improve on it is to fire up the grill! While raw avocado will always have a place in many recipes and as a snack on its own, grilled avocado is something special, which you will want to add to your salads and other dishes. This simple avocado recipe is a unique way to enjoy this wonderful fruit and makes a great side dish for spicy grilled dishes.
Perhaps you have never tried grilled avocado before, or even cooked avocado for that matter. Cooking the avocado not only changes the texture but also the flavor, so it is well worth adding to the barbeque to discover for yourself what cooking this fruit does to it. Although you might prefer ripe avocados to eat in salad or very ripe ones to mash for guacamole, slightly under-ripe ones work better in this recipe, because you will not want your avocados to fall apart on the grill.
One way to check for ripeness is to press gently to see whether the avocado yields to gentle pressure but there is another way you might not know, and that is how to tell the difference between an avocado which is soft and ripe and one which is soft and bruised (which also means disappointingly brown in patches) or not yet quite ready to eat. All you need to do is flick the brown step off the end of the avocado. If the avocado is ripe you will see green underneath it. If it is brown or if the stem will not flick off, it is not yet ripe. In the following recipe sliced avocado is drizzled with lime juice to stop it browning, and then you can add some oil, salt and pepper. A lot of people also like to add some chili powder because it contrasts so well with the rich, creamy avocado flesh.
Once your avocado is prepared in this way you can grill it for a few minutes, not long enough to make it very soft or dry it out, but just long enough to give it some grill marks and bring out the richness of its flavor. Serve the avocado as part of a salad or use it to top a barbequed burger perhaps. You can even serve it as an appetizer with some sour cream on the side perhaps. Avocado is often served with Tex-Mex cuisine so you might like to serve it barbequed with your next chili, tacos or fajitas recipe instead of guacamole or raw avocado slices.
- 2 avocados (very slightly unripe is best, since firm avocado will hold up best to grilling)
- 1 lime
- Olive oil
- Salt, black pepper and/or chili powder, to taste
- Preparing grilled avocado is a snap; cut your avocados into halves, removing the large pits.
- Quarter your lime and squeeze the juice of ¼ lime over each avocado half.
- This will prevent the flesh from turning brown while you wait for the grill to get hot enough, as well as lend a little bright citrus flavor to your avocados.
- Brush each half with olive oil, and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and/or chili powder. Grill the avocados cut side down on a hot grill for about 3 minutes.
- You can serve them as they are, or slice and peel for salads and as a delicious garnish.
- No matter how you serve it, grilled avocado is certain to be a hit at your table.
Avocado is a wonderful fruit/vegetable to put on the barbeque. Many would not necessarily think of firing up the barbeque when they think of this delicious and wonderfully health fruit but it is true the grill gives it an extra-special touch like so many other vegetables and fruits. So the next time you want to make something different why not consider this recipe? The lime juice and spices add plenty of flavor to the avocado and the resulting dish is hot, flavorful and delicious served alongside any kind of meat or fish. It is lovely with salad too.
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