Welcome to week 4 of SUNDAYS WITH JOY! Today's recipe had me traveling well out of my food comfort zone. Not only am I not much of a lover of deep fried foods (weird, I know), but until this week, I had never even purchased or cooked with an avocado!
To recap, Sundays with Joy is a series of weekly posts where I've been joining other foodies in baking and blogging our way through Joy the Baker's latest cookbook, 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes. The author, Joy Wilson, is extremely talented, and she makes every recipe in the book look and sound worthy of drooling all over yourself for. The photography in the book is beautiful and the recipes are written with easy to understand, step-by-step format. Simply wonderful!
I highly recommend that you purchase a copy of the book so that you can get the recipe to make some of these incredible dishes! I searched for the best price and found it HERE
OK, let's get on with the details about this week's recipe!
These fries really couldn't be easier to make. I started by slicing up a ripe avocado. As I mentioned earlier, until this recipe came along, I had never purchased or cooked with avocado, so believe it or not, I had no idea how to tell a ripe one from a rotten one, and I didn't even know how to properly cut it open. My fellow blogger buddies immediately jumped into action, giving me tips and tricks of the trade, including a link to this great video to help me become a master of all things avocado:
I cut my slices about 1/4 inch thick, which worked fine, but I think that the next time I make this recipe, I'll make my slices a little bit thicker...maybe 1/2 inch, just so they stand up a little prettier after being fried.
Next, I coated the slices in a beaten egg, dredged them in seasoned flour, dipped them back into the egg, and then coated them with my breading. I used Panko bread crumbs for a nice crunch factor, and I mixed in a little Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, and salt.
After the avocado had taken a dip into the fryer for about 2 minutes (I used peanut oil heated to 375 degrees), the result was creamy, warm avocado covered with a spicy crunch. Completely yummilicious on their own, but as you probably know, I like to kick things up a notch, so I made this spicy dipping sauce to serve with the fries.
To be completely honest, I really wanted to fall in love with these fries, but I didn't. There are definitely foods that taste MUCH worse (insert mushy Lima beans here), but I think I prefer my avocado chilled in guacamole form. Regardless, I'm really glad that I didn't turn up my nose to this recipe. Creating dishes that are new and unique to me keeps me from falling into a mundane, monotonous cooking rut. That's always a good thing!
Until next time, be blessed....and be sure to feed your stomach AND your spirit!