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Let’s Talk Food: More avocado recipes

For those of you who are lucky enough to have an avocado tree or friends with one, here are some recipes for you.

Avocado Salsa

Makes 1 1/2 cups

Combine, mixing well:

1/3 cup white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 small sweet onion, chopped

1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies, undrained

1 large clove garlic, minced

Cover and chill. Just before serving, add and toss gently:

2 avocados, peeled and diced

Avocado Soup With Shrimp

Serves 4-6

Saute until transparent:

1 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon butter

Gradually add and cook for 3 minutes:

4 cups chicken broth

Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Puree together:

2-3 ripe avocados

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Add to hot soup, but do not boil.

Add:

4 ounces peeled and deveined bay shrimp

Avocado Dressing

Makes 2 cups

Mix together:

1 ripe avocado, mashed

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

Juice of one lemon

1 clove garlic, pressed

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon crushed black pepper

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Refrigerate.

Guacamole Subs

“A very substantial hot sandwich that’s easy on the cook.”

Serves 4-6

“Kona Kitchens Cookbook”

Combine and mix well:

1 small avocado, peeled and mashed

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

1 clove garlic, pressed

Cut in half horizontally:

1 loaf French bread

Lightly toast bread, spread with avocado spread. Top each piece with:

8 (1-ounce) slices cooked turkey

1 large tomato, cut into 8 slices

Sprinkle with:

1/4 cup green onions, chopped

Top with:

8 slices Monterey Jack cheese

Place sandwiches on a baking sheet, broil just until the cheese melts. Garnish with:

12 ripe olives, sliced

Avocado Cake

“Kona Kitchens Cookbook”

“This makes a marvelous version of fruitcake, rich with spices and fresh local avocados.”

Yield: 1 loaf

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, spray and line with parchment paper an 8-inch by 4-inch by 3-inch loaf pan.

Cream together:

1/2 cup shortening

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 cup avocado, ripe and mashed

Add and beat thoroughly:

2 large eggs

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon allspice

Add to creamed avocado and sugar, alternately with dry ingredients:

1/3 cup buttermilk

Add:

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup dates, chopped

1/2 cup nuts, chopped

Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Avocado Chiffon Pie

Makes 1 pie

1 prebaked pie crust

Cook together, mixing constantly so the egg yolks do not scramble:

1 cup strained avocado

3 egg yolks

1 1/2 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

In a small bowl, dissolve:

1 package unflavored gelatin (1 tablespoon)

1/4 cup water

Add dissolved gelatin to hot mixture. Cool.

Beat:

3 large egg whites

1/2 cup sugar

Fold into mixture, pour into baked pie shell. Refrigerate until pie filling is set. Top with whipped cream.

Avocado Ice Cream

Serves 10

Whip together in a blender

3 medium avocados, cut up

1 cup sugar

Blend in, one at a time:

4 large eggs

Add, blending slowly until well mixed:

1/3 cup lime juice

1 (13-ounce) can evaporated milk

1 (14-ounce) can condensed milk

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 pint whole milk

Pinch salt

Pour into four divided ice cube trays and freeze. Serve 5-6 ice cream cubes per person in a goblet or champagne glasses. Garnish side of glass with a slice of fresh lime.

Avocado Mold

Boil until sugar is dissolved:

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups sugar

Mix to dissolve:

3 packages unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup water

Add to sugar and water mixture:

1 large (6-ounce) package flavored lime gelatin

Dissolved unflavored gelatin

Add:

4 cups water

Mix together:

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup mayonnaise

Add:

1 cup mashed avocado

Mix well.

Add to gelatin mixture and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.

Avocado and Lime Cream

Serves 4

Puree in blender:

2 large avocados, very ripe

Squeeze and strain juice from:

3-4 limes

Add to blender.

Mix in and blend until smooth:

6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Spoon into 4 stemmed glasses. Serve well-chilled and garnish with a twist of lime.

Foodie Bites

The Hawaii Community College Culinary Program is open from today through Friday. The cafeteria and the café is open from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call 934-2591 for takeout orders.

Tickets are available for the 19th annual Taste of Hilo from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Hilo Hongwanji Betsuin’s Sangha Hall.

More than 35 chefs will be preparing special dishes from restaurants, patisseries and Hawaii Community College. Through the years, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii has raised more than $160,000 to support educational programs at the college.

Presale tickets are $55 and can be purchased by calling the chamber’s office at 934-0177 or emailing jccih@jccih.org. Tickets at the door will be $70.

Email Audrey Wilson at audreywilson808@gmail.com.

 

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