Avocados are good for more than just mashing, mixing with seasonings and serving with chips. They are naturally smooth, buttery and flavorful, and when halved and prepared with fillings, they are absolutely delicious. They can be enjoyed as a side dish or as a complete and filling meal. They take just minutes to prepare, but they look and taste like gourmet fare. Try these easy and delicious fillings for fresh avocado halves, and surprise your family and guests with something tasty and truly unique.
Fill Them with Cilantro and Lime Crab Salad
Avocado is especially delicious when combined with crab meat and cilantro and lime sauce. Shred real or imitation crab meat, and combine it with just enough mayonnaise to make a creamy concoction. Season it with a few drops of real lime juice and a pinch of fresh chopped cilantro. Add ground sea salt and black pepper according to personal preference. Surround the filled avocado halves with a variety of crackers for a side dish, a light meal or an appetizer.
Bake Eggs in Avocado Halves
Eggs can be baked in the oven instead of fried in a pan, and avocados are the ideal accompaniment. Not only does the mild flavor of the fruit go well with the eggs, but it also serves as an edible bowl. They make fantastic fillings. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and carefully crack one fresh egg into each half. Bake them in a pan for approximately 15 minutes, or until the whites of the eggs are solid and fully cooked. Serve them with salt and pepper to taste and crumbled feta cheese. They will become a favorite for breakfast, brunch or lunch.
Add Refried Beans, Salsa and Cheese
If you like side dishes and appetizers with southwestern flair, combine refried beans, salsa and cheese to create satisfying fillings for avocado halves. Add more salsa to create a thinner, chunkier dip. For thicker dip, add more refried beans and shredded cheddar cheese. It can be served hot or cold along with tortilla chips or corn chips.
Deliciously Different Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp cocktail is typically served in clear glass containers, but it can also be served in avocado halves. Combine cooked tailless shrimp with your favorite cocktail sauce, and serve it inside of the edible cups. It can be enjoyed with a side of crusty French bread and butter, hot steaming bowls of clam chowder or another favorite cream soup. In any case, it will taste far different than the usual guacamole.
Source: Food Preparation Experience and Experimentation