Stuffed avocado is a savory dish prepared by stuffing avocado with a variety of ingredients which may consist of onions, tomatoes, cheese, and herbs like parsley, dill, and mint. Salt and pepper are often used as the seasoning agents. Lemon juice is used in most of the recipes for a tangy flavor. The non-vegan recipes call for the use of crab, shrimp, or bacon as the avocado stuffing ingredients. The avocado is divided into two halves, and the flesh is scooped out before filling the avocado halves with the prepared stuffing mix. The scooped out avocado flesh is often combined with the rest of the ingredients to prepare the stuffing mix.
Preparation Overview of Stuffed Avocado
A popular stuffed avocado recipe suggests using pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, chopped carrots, dried tomatoes, miso (a fermented Japanese soybean based paste), yeast flakes, onion, red chili, basil leaves, sprouts, and avocados as the ingredients.
The preparation process suggests blending together all the ingredients, except avocados and sprouts, in a food processor, and then spoon filling the mix into hollowed out avocados. The stuffed avocados are topped with sprouts and served with lettuce.
Stuffed Avocado Recipe Variations
A few popular variations of stuffed avocado have been discussed below:
- Seafood stuffed avocados- the recipe for this dish suggests cutting avocado into two halves, filling both the halves with crab or shrimp, and toping them with mayonnaise based sauce, which can be prepared a day in advance. The sauce used in this dish is prepared by combining together mayonnaise, lemon juice, capers, parsley, catsup (spicy tomato sauce), chopped green onions, dill, salt, and pepper.
- Salsa stuffed avocado- the avocado stuffing mix used in this dish is a combination of finely chopped Serrano pepper, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, mint leaves, and shallots. Salt and pepper are used as the seasoning agents. Lemon juice and garlic are used for imparting a tangy and rich flavor to the stuffing. The use of Serrano pepper helps in making the salsa hot. The prepared stuffing is spoon filled into pitted avocado and served.
- Baked cheese and almond stuffed avocados- this dish is prepared by cutting out the avocado into two halves, scooping out its flesh, combining it with sautéed onion, almonds, parsley, sherry, and parmesan cheese, and filling the avocado halves with this stuffing mix. The stuffed avocados are then baked and served hot.
- Bacon stuffed avocado-the recipe for this dish suggests filling hollowed avocado halves with bacon mix prepared by cooking together crumbled and cooked crisp bacon, butter, lemon juice, brown sugar, white wine vinegar, salt, and garlic paste.
Health Benefits of Stuffed Avocados
Avocados are enriched with good amount of potassium, mono unsaturated fats, copper, iron and several vitamins like vitamin A, B complex, C, and E, hence providing numerous health benefits with respect to blood pressure, vision, cholesterol, immune system, bad breath, and prostate cancer. Due to good nutritional value of avocados, the stuffed avocado is considered to be a healthy dish if stuffed with healthy ingredients.