I love an easy and healthy recipe, and I’m betting you may too. Plus the idea of using avocados in a new way (to me) was pretty fun. So this week it’s all about baked avocados. And I have 3 fast and easy options for you! These would be great as meals on their own or a side dish.
Baked Avocado #1: Fried Egg in Avocado
It’s a bit like Avocado meets breakfast here. I loved the idea of baking an egg in an avocado. Two things to note: First, I would scoop out more of the avocado so the egg fit in it better. I’m sure my neighbors would appreciate that so that my smoke detector doesn’t go off.
Second, eggs make me a bit nervous…kinda like raw chicken, you know? I can’t stand when the white is runny and undercooked, and my oven isn’t the most reliable temperature wise, since it’s an apartment oven. So I ended up finishing the egg/avocado in the microwave to get the whites set, but this resulted in the yolks being not-so-runny. Lesson learned. I’ll keep experimenting on the temperature.
The taste was great though! Top the baked egg with a little bit of scallions and a couple of slices of red jalapenos, and you’re all set! You can absolutely serve this with some toast to soak up your (hopefully) runny yolks. I opted for roasting some Brussels sprouts and eating them alongside the avocado and egg.
I loved how cool, fun, and different this recipe was. I can’t wait to try it again with a more successful yolk next time. Hope you enjoy! Click here for the recipe and step by step directions!
Baked Avocado #2: Baked Salsa Avocado
I honestly was drawn to this when I saw the photo. I thought it was neat to see the salsa and avocado paired together, because it’s such a natural pairing and an interesting way to combine them.
Plus this dish was easy. You just mix together a few ingredients for the breading that tops the salsa. It was bread crumbs, some grated Parmesan, basil (I didn’t have fresh basil, so I used dried basil and about 1/2 of the amount the recipe called for), lemon juice, and a little garlic. Then I combined it with a fork.
Scoop out a little of the avocado center to make more room for the salsa. I was on a bit of a time crunch this week, so I just used jarred salsa I had on hand. But you could absolutely make fresh salsa, and I’m sure it would be even better! Poor in some of the salsa, top it with the breading and bake for 5 minutes. That’s it.
Then eat it when it’s still warm and enjoy. I loved the combo of the creamy, baked avocado and the spicy salsa and herb breading. It was absolutely delightful! I can’t wait for you to try this recipe out! Click here to find the recipe and step by step instructions.
Baked Avocado #3: Parmesan Lime Avocado
It’s hard to pick a favorite between the 3 baked avocado dishes, but if I had to…if you forced me…it would probably be this one. It’s SO good! And stupid easy. I love when a recipe is stupid easy, don’t you?
Just cut the avocado in half, and using a fork to pierce holes all over and then use a knife to cross-cut all over the avocado. The idea is to get the flavors in the avocado. The recipe calls for Chipotle hot sauce, but I went with my favorite Jalapeno Tabasco sauce. Frank’s hot sauce would be great too. Just add about 1/2 tablespoon per avocado half of hot sauce all over. Then top with lime juice and some shredded Parmesan cheese and some salt and pepper.
Turn the oven to broil and bake the avocado for 2 minutes then add the rest of the cheese over the top and continue baking for another 2 minutes or until the cheese melts. Take it out of the oven and serve with some extra lime wedges and hot sauce.
You just gotta try this one! Click here for the recipe and step by step instructions!
A look back:
One year ago: Irish Coffee Brownies = A Very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Two years ago: Spaghetti Squash is so Cool!
Three years ago: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Bring on the Guinness!