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:
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.
For The Avocados
Consider savory, spicy and sweet options. Some suggestions:
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.
Rachel’s favorite creations: