Sara's Kitchen Adventures | Game Day Avocado Appetizers
By: Sara De Leeuw
It is time to start putting together your menu for the Big Game, and I can’t think of a better ingredient to have on hand than some California Grown Avocados!
Let me introduce you to CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.Com! For this adventure, I visited a family-owned avocado farm right here in Southern California. They’ve been growing avocados since 1901! The farm itself isn’t open to the public, but you can order their avocados online.
Wait? Is it weird to order avocados online? No way! It’s awesome! Why? When I order from CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.Com, the avocados will be picked fresh, just for me! When they arrive, they’ll need a few days to ripen. Avocados ripen slowly, usually in five to nine days, depending on when they’re picked, so no more fumbling through a huge bin of tiny avocados at the grocery store and finding nothing but mush. I can plan when the avocados will be ready!
The taste of farm fresh avocados is much better than anything you’ll find at grocery store, and if you’re still not sure about when your avocados will be ripe, California Avocados Direct includes a great Avocado Care Ripening and Storage Guide in every box. It’s a terrific resource! Plus, ordering from CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.com means I’m supporting a local, family business and that’s always a win in my book
After my visit to the farm, I was so impressed that I ordered a Farmers Dozen Box of 12 Large Avocados right away. Different varieties of avocados are available at different times of the year, so this time my avocados were Fuertes. Next time, they could be Haas! It just depends on what is in season. Of course, my favorite avocados are the huge Reed Avocados. Their season is usually in the summer! Every year I order a box for my husband for his birthday. I love that avocados are available all year and I can experience different varieties each time I order!
CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.com has plenty of options too! You can get six packs, twelve packs, variety packs, gift packs with pistachios, monthly subscription boxes and more! Another great benefit of ordering online is you can send them to friends and family all over the country!
Let’s get back to our menu for a minute. Healthy eating might not be synonymous with the Big Game, but it can be if you use avocados! Avocados have great health benefits for your eyes and your heart. They can help lower cholesterol, make you feel full longer and can keep your blood sugar levels from spiking like a football player who just made a huge touchdown.
We’re going to keep things fresh (and healthy) this year with great Guacamole for the Big Game! This Guacamole has big chunks of avocado and tomatoes, along with a spicy kick from some jalapeños!
Game Day Guacamole
Six Large Fuerte avocados from CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.com
3 garlic cloves, minced
4-5 cocktail tomatoes, diced (approx. ⅓ to ½ cup)
1-2 jalapeño peppers, diced small
¼ cup diced red onion
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
1-2 tablespoons sour cream
Approx. 1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic salt
Cut three avocados in half and remove large pit.
Scoop out flesh of the avocados and place in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until avocados are smooth.
In a large mixing bowl, place diced tomatoes, diced jalapeños, red onion and cilantro.
Cut open and dice remaining avocados and add to the bowl. Mix together gently. Add garlic salt to taste.
Add smooth avocado and sour cream to the bowl and stir again until well combined.
Serve with your favorite tortilla chips!
You’re probably thinking “Hey, Sara? Your recipe calls for six avocados, but you ordered a dozen! What did you do with the rest of your delicious California Avocados?” That’s a great question!
Also featured on our game day menu, will be these:
Shrimp and Avocado Appetizers
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (or more, to taste)
1/2 of a large cucumber, cut into 24 quarter-inch-thick slices
1/2 large California Direct Avocado, quartered and cut into 24 slices
24 small, cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons red onion, finely diced
Zest and juice from 1 lime
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise and Sriracha until smooth. Set aside.
In another small bowl, lightly toss avocado slices with lime juice to keep them from turning brown.
After cutting cucumbers, use paper towels to dry them completely.
To assemble, place dried cucumbers on a platter. Spread approx. 1/2 teaspoon of mayo mix on the top of each cucumber slice. Place avocado on top, then top each with one shrimp. Sprinkle with red onion, lime zest and cilantro. Skewer each appetizer with a toothpick to hold everything together.
Two avocados were used for breakfast and avocado toast!
Making avocado toast is simple. Cut open an avocado, remove the pit, then carefully peel off the skin. Place avocado flat side down on a cutting board and slice horizontally to create 1/4-inch-thick planks. Use mini cookie cutters to cut fun shapes out of the avocado planks! Once you have a few cutouts, toss the scraps and remaining avocado flesh in a bowl and mash with a fork. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and some cracked black pepper. Spread over toast, then add your avocado cutouts to the top!
And the rest became toppings for big hamburgers and a green salad one night for dinner! Need more avocado inspiration? Check out the delicious recipes found at CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.com.
What’s your favorite thing to do with avocados? Tell me in the comments below! Enjoy the Big Game, and I’ll see you on our next Kitchen Adventure!