Avocado (fruit). Simple Avocado Recipes
This is a very tasty product. Having not very bright, more oily taste, avocado as an independent dish does not enjoy much success. But if you add it to different foods, you can get real culinary masterpieces.
What is this fruit?
Not everyone, even amateurs and admirers, know that avocado is actually a fruit! Oddly enough, but it is. Here, probably, our subconscious and habits, programmed from childhood, play a cruel joke - once a fruit, it means that it must be sweet! However, recalling the basics of biology, we understand that the definitions of affiliation in science are completely different. A similar surprise is the statement that watermelon is a berry. Well, how can a berry be so big? Can. But we are accustomed to watermelon, but not yet to avocado.
The fruit grows on an evergreen tall tree, has the shape of a pear. The skin of the avocado is dark green, sometimes closer to black. Ripe pulp is soft, yellow-green hue, one bone and large.The taste of avocado is not pronounced, the structure is oily, as it contains a lot of vegetable fats.
Besides the fact that avocado is tasty, it is also very useful. The fruit contains a large amount of essential human amino acids and healthy fats, thereby lowering cholesterol levels. A large amount of vitamin D in it helps the body absorb the right amount of calcium, vitamin E is necessary for the heart, folic acid is indicated during pregnancy ... You can continue this list for a long time. Avocado is a fruit that is simply a store of vitamins and minerals that help prevent many diseases.
There are practically no contraindications, unless it is undesirable to give it to the smallest children and people with individual intolerance. Abdominal pain is possible only with severe abuse of the product.
Among other things, avocado oil is very useful, which is also used in cosmetology. You can make a face mask at home and even avocado hair. The properties of its oils are such that your skin will just glow, getting all the necessary nutrients.
How to check - ripe or not?
Avocado - the fruit is undoubtedly tasty, but only when ripe. Unripe it is hard, hard and completely tasteless, sometimes even with a bitter aftertaste. It can not be eaten either separately or added as a minor ingredient when cooking. Moreover, adding unripe avocados, even in small quantities, you can completely spoil the whole dish.
How to determine the ripeness? In fact, it is quite simple: you need to press on the peel with your finger. And if a dent is formed, then you have a ripe avocado in your hands. The fruit also produces a knock on shaking - it knocks the bone. An immature fetus does not make such sounds, and its skin is rather hard, pressing with a finger will not lead to any changes in its structure.
But even if you bought an unripe avocado, do not be discouraged. It ripens very quickly in natural conditions at room temperature, most importantly, do not put the fruit in the refrigerator, otherwise you will wait a long time for ripening.
How to eat it?
They say, who does not like avocado, he simply does not know how to cook it. Or choose. A ripe fruit is good in itself. However, not everyone loves him due to increased oiliness.But add at least one more ingredient, and the taste will be revealed so deeply that it will change your idea of this product. Prepare avocado with cheese or salmon - this is the easiest, but so good recipe that it has millions of fans around the world. And all you need is to connect two simple products.
And if you take more complex ideas? What to say about the rest of the recipes? With avocado, simple dishes acquire a truly chic taste, distinguishing them from the rest. The house turns into a small French restaurant, and a typical evening becomes a romantic dinner. And all this - the merit of a small modest fruit.
Some people do not like to cook avocado dishes because of the heavy fruit cleaning procedure. But you need to know just a couple of secrets, and everything will be easy. Avocados must be cut lengthwise, sever the halves (slightly scrolling them before this) and remove the bone. If the fruit is not ripe, it will be almost impossible to do this. In this case, it is better to postpone it to reach, otherwise there is a high probability of spoiling the whole dish. After that, you can gently pry the skin with a knife and remove it, which is done very easily during normal ripeness, or remove the pulp with a spoon.It all depends on what you cook.
It must be remembered that in the air avocados quickly darken. To avoid unaesthetic fruit, sprinkle it with lemon or lime juice.
This is a topic for another conversation. There is a huge amount of a wide variety of avocado dishes. Fruit is used to make soups, appetizers, salads and more. Recipes are diverse and interesting, avocado is combined with a fairly large number of products due to its own not very pronounced taste. Consider some simple but popular avocado recipes.
Cocktail salad with avocado, cucumber and shrimp
Salad with avocado and cucumber, as well as shrimp and red fish is quite popular, because this fruit perfectly reveals the taste of seafood.
- avocado - 1 pc.,
- lightly salted salmon - 200 g,
- shrimp - 0.5 kg,
- quail eggs - 8 pcs.,
- fresh cucumber - 2 pcs.,
- Bulgarian pepper - 2 pcs.,
- mayonnaise - 100 g
Boil shrimps and quail eggs in salted water. Peel and slice the avocado in small pieces, sprinkle with lemon. Pepper and cucumber cut into strips, red fish - small squares or longitudinal strips.
Peel the eggs from the shell, chop it in half, remove the shell from the shrimp.Mix all the ingredients, season with mayonnaise, put in small plates and garnish with egg halves. If desired, mayonnaise can be replaced by a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Salad with avocado and cucumber ready. Bon Appetit!
Guacamole is the most common avocado paste. This Mexican dish has gained very wide popularity around the world. Avocado guacamole snack with tomatoes has a delicate, creamy, spicy and spicy taste.
To prepare such a dish can be in two ways - grind everything in a blender until smooth or finely chopped. How to choose - your decision, both options are decent, it all depends on the preferences of the cook.
To make this snack you will need:
- ripe tomatoes,
- chili or cayenne,
- salt to taste
Avocado mash and add a little lemon juice. All other ingredients chop finely enough, salt and mix with avocado. You can grind everything with a blender or mortar. You can adjust the spice of the dish yourself, just add a little more or less cayenne hot pepper (or chili).
Serve the snack in a small bowl of corn chips or toasted thin pita bread. Guacamole can also be a side dish for meat or poultry.
Oddly enough, great cream soups come out of the avocado. Moreover, they are just a huge amount, and most importantly, they are tasty and healthy, and avocado recipes are simple.
In soups with this fruit, you can add a variety of ingredients, because with avocado perfectly combines a lot of products. But we propose to consider the basic recipe for avocado soup, on the basis of which you can experiment at will by adding your favorite products.
It is necessary:
- avocados - 2-3 pieces,
- broth (can be chicken or meat lean) - 300 ml,
- cream (in classical French soups there is always only fat cream, not less than 33%, but 15% can be used to facilitate this dish) - 200-250 ml,
- greens to taste (parsley, cilantro) - 1 small bunch,
- garlic - 2-3 cloves,
Peel and chop the fruit, sprinkle with lemon, put in a blender. Add garlic, greens, 1-2 soup ladle broth and very well beat everything.
Pour the remaining broth, cream and mixture into the pan. Bring to a boil and boil for a maximum of 5 minutes.Salt to taste, you can add black or hot peppers as desired.
This is a basic recipe. And, as you can see, it is ridiculously simple. If desired, you can add shrimps, red fish, green beans, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, carrots, and spinach. In general, all that much your imagination. And believe me, it will be delicious anyway.
Sushi and rolls have long gained our popularity and love, and avocado is included in almost every 10th recipe. We do not know how the Japanese (after all, the rolls "Philadelphia" and "California" do not exist), but this product has become unchanged and one of the most favorite ingredients in rolls here.
You have not prepared Japanese delicacies? Does this seem very complicated? Try it and find out that this is not the case at all.
Initially, you must cook rice. For this you will need:
- rice for sushi (any does not fit) - 500 g,
- Mitsukan vinegar - 5 tbsp. l.,
- strip of combi seaweed - 5 cm,
- sugar - 1.5 tbsp. l.,
- dry fish broth - 0.5 tsp.,
- salt - 0.5. hl
Wash rice well several times in cold water until it is clear. Pour 1.5 fingers of water over the rice and swell for half an hour.
Add a combi strip to the pan and set on high heat.Just before boiling, remove and discard the combi, reduce the temperature of the cooker to the minimum and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. After that, remove from heat and let the rice brew for another 15 minutes.
Important: do not open the lid when cooking rice, otherwise steam will come out, and with it the desired liquid, as a result, the rice may burn or become dry.
While the rice is settling, you need to prepare a dressing. Mix in a small saucepan vinegar, sugar, salt and fish broth, heat to dissolve all the ingredients. Bring to a boil is not recommended.
Pour rice with dressing and mix gently, trying not to mash the cereal. Cover with a damp cloth to cool.
Classic rolls with avocado
We will need: nori leaves, ready seasoned rice, avocado. Put half a sheet of nori on a special bamboo mat, wet your hands in cold water, take a small ball of rice and gently spread it over the surface of the nori, leaving a small indent at one end. Arrange the sliced fruit in a row and carefully roll the paper into a roll using a bamboo cloth. Cut into 6 identical pieces and serve with soy sauce and ginger.For spiciness, you can put a little wasabi in a roll or serve it along with a dish.
In fact, when homemade sushi does not necessarily follow the classic ingredients of the filling. In addition to fish, caviar, crab, eel, cucumber and omelet, there are many other suitable and tasty foods. Unleash your imagination and gladly put all the most beloved.
Very unusual avocado fruit. Its properties are so beneficial to the body that are used not only in food. In cosmetology, avocado seed oil is widely used, and a face mask and hair can be made at home on your own. But! Among other things, avocados are also very tasty. Try to cook from it the dishes we offer, you will definitely like it.