Adore an avo

We really do adore avos … and these two recipes are shooting right to the top of our fave list.

Showstopper salad mousse

Image supplied by SA Avocado Growers’ Association

Next time you have friends over for dinner, whip up this avo mousse, that’s almost too pretty to eat. Serves four to six.

You’ll need: 2 avocados, peeled and chopped; 200g plain cream cheese; 50g plain low fat yoghurt; 30g coriander, washed and chopped; 2 spring onions, finely chopped; 1 chilli, finely chopped; 1 lime, juice and zest; generous pinch of sea salt and grinding of black pepper; 1 cup water; 1 packet gelatin (substitute 2 Tbsp agar-agar for vegetarian)

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To make: Place the avocado, coriander, cream cheese, spring onions, salt, pepper, lime juice and chilli in a blender and puree until smooth.

Pour a quarter cup of water in a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let it sit for a few minutes. Place the remaining three quarters cup water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Pour the boiling water over the softened gelatin and whisk until the gelatin has dissolved. Set aside to cool slightly.

Add the gelatin to the mixture in the blender, pulsing until pureed and thoroughly blended.
Pour the mixture into prepared ramekins or a loaf tin lined with plastic wrap. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (about 2 hours).

To unmould, fill a container with very hot water, dip the loaf tin or the ramekins into the water for a minute. Run a small, sharp knife tip around the edge of each mousse. Invert onto a platter, and serve with Melba toast, avocado shavings and grated radish.


Smashed avocado & pea dip

Image supplied by SA Avocado Growers’ Association

A quick (takes less than half an hour to make) and jolly tasty starter. Also brilliant as part of a mezze board. Serves six to eight.

You’ll need: 250g baby peas or petit pois; 2 avocados, peeled and stoned, reserve 1/4 for garnish; juice and zest of 1 lemon; 60ml (4 Tbsp) freshly chopped parsley; 50ml avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil, and extra to drizzle; generous pinch of sea salt & freshly ground black pepper; roosterkoek or garlic bread for dunking

To make: Boil the peas in rapidly boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and refresh in cold water. When cold reserve 50g of peas for garnish.

Place remaining peas and avocado with lemon juice, zest, parsley, avocado oil seasoning in the bowl of a food processor and whizz until smooth.

Serve the dip in shallow bowls topped with diced avocado, and peas sprinkled with parsley and a drizzle with avocado oil, along with braaied roosterkoek or thick slices of crusty bread for dunking.


Complied by: KYM ARGO. Recipes and images: SA Avocado Growers’ Association

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