Avocado Adoration: BLT with Avocado Mayonnaise and more
I love avocados, their soft and cool green flesh. Their ability to take on other flavours. The way they mash with a fork. I didn’t even eat an avocado until I was in my twenties. I consider this a great tragedy. All that guacamole I said no to, because I didn’t know what it was, because I was scared, because an avocado was a foreign thing! I weep.
I was sent a kit from Avocados from Mexico (did you know Mexico is the largest producer of avocados in the world?) and presented with a challenge – either make one of the recipes provided, or try to make up my own.
One of my quickest and most satisfying weeknight quick dinners (particularly at the end of the week when I’m fatigued by the whole chief cook and bottle washer thing) is to make bacon sandwiches. I find them especially satisfying when I smear the bread with ripe avocado. I thought, for the purposes of this challenge, I’d actually try to make avocado mayonnaise to fancy it up a bit. This is barely a recipe, since it’s so easy, but oh it does taste good.
Here’s what I did. I got out my Cuisinart hand blender that has a mini food processor attachment. I added one egg yolk and the juice of half a lemon to the base. As that was turning in the processor, I drizzled in some olive oil until it started to emulsify – perhaps half a cup? I was pouring directly from the bottle. At that point, I opened the lid and added in the flesh of one avocado.
When mixed, I spread it on my toasted bread, twisted on some freshly ground salt and pepper, and loaded up each side with sliced tomato and bacon. I don’t actually believe in having the L in the BLT. No lettuce, thanks. But more avocado, please!
Avocado is actually a great substitute for eggs, if you wanted to make a vegan mayonnaise. But of course you probably wouldn’t be making a bacon sandwich if you are a vegan.
Wanna know more about avocados?
Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals and more potassium than a banana. While avocados are delicious and extremely healthy (and often) consumed alone, they are even better when served with other vegetables and fruits as their healthy fats (mono and polyunsaturated “good fats” that help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol) help the body absorb more fat-soluble nutrients from the foods paired with avocados.
How do you like your avocados? I might need to go and make some guacamole right now.