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TIP OF THE DAY: A DIY Grilled Stuffed Avocado Bar

We’ve written a lot about “party bars” for entertaining, where guests add their favorite fillings or toppings to customize a food. Check out:
 
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  • Lunch & Dinner Party Bar
  • Sushi Hand Roll (Temaki) Party Bar
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    DESSERTS

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  • Ice Cream Bar
  • Pudding Party Bar
  • Assorted Desserts Party Bar
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  • Popcorn Party Bar
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    BEVERAGES

  • Apple Cider Party Bar
  • Flavored Shots Party Bar
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    And now, a…
     
     
    GRILLED STUFFED AVOCADO PARTY BAR

    The California Avocado Commission sent us the idea, from recipe developer Rachel Matthews of ASouthernFairytale.com. She takes grilled avocados to a higher level by letting each person select his or her favorite fillings.

    “A Grilled Stuffed Avocado Bar is so incredibly easy to put together,” says Rachel, “and it’s a great way for people to get creative with their food.”

    The concept can be used for sides or appetizers and snacks with beer and wine. Prep time is 1 minute, cook time is 10 minutes, plus prep time for the fillings.

    Of course, you can also have a plain DIY Avocado Bar, with uncooked avocados.
     
    Ingredients Per Serving

    For The Avocados

  • Ripe avocados, seeded, unpeeled
  • Olive oil
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    For The Fillings

    Consider savory, spicy and sweet options. Some suggestions:

  • Black bean and corn salsa
  • Cherry tomato/grape tomato salad
  • Chili
  • Chopped olive salad
  • Corn salad
  • Crumbled or shredded cheese: blue, cheddar, cotija, feta, goat, jack, etc.
  • Cucumber salad
  • Diced fruit: mango, peach, pineapple, strawberry, or fruit salsa
  • Grilled and diced or shredded protein (chicken, steak, etc.)
  • Grilled shrimp
  • Rice/grain, bean, or lentil salad
  • Seafood salad
  • Sour cream
  • Tomato salsa or tomatillo salsa
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    Plus

  • Lime wedges
  • Optional: tortilla chips for garnish and dipping
  • Optional: hot sauce, salt and pepper
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the grill to medium-high and set out the fillings, plates and utensils.

    2. BRUSH the flesh side of each avocado half with olive oil, to keep them from sticking to the grill. Place them flesh side down on a medium-high heated grill. Cook for about 5 minutes. If you want cross-hatch grill marks, change the direction the avocados lie on the grill. Either way, grill them another 4–5 minutes or until you see the skin of the avocado change colors (it’s really noticeable).

    3. PLACE the avocados on a platter next to the fillings, and watch your guests enjoy creating their food.

     

    Avocado Halves
    [1] Halved avocados, ready to grill (photo © Tio Gazpacho).

    Avocados On The Grill
    [2] Face down on the grill (this and all subsequent photos © Rachel Matthews | California Avocado Commission). /font>

    Grilled Avocados
    [3] Turn the avocados to get attractive hatch marks.

    Fajita-Stuffed Grilled Avocado
    [4] Rachel Matthews’s favorites: Grilled Fajita Avocado and Strawberry Balsamic Avocado (next photo).

    Grilled Avocado With Strawberries
    [5] Stuffed with balsamic-marinated strawberries.

     
    Rachel’s favorite creations:

  • The Fajita Stuffed Grilled Avocado: grilled steak fajita meat, black bean and corn pico, tortilla chip.
  • Strawberry Balsamic Stuffed Grilled Avocado: chopped strawberries, balsamic vinegar, feta cheese (photo #5).
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    Let us know your favorites!
     
     
    FIND MORE DELICIOUS AVOCADO RECIPES AT CALIFORNIAAVOCADO.COM.
      

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