Thursday, October 13, 2011

Easy Avocado Jalapeno Spread


One of my all-time favorite snacks has to be toasted bread with avocado mashed up on top, and maybe a sprinkle of coarse salt and pepper. The crunch of warm, toasted bread with creamy, smooth avocado is delightful in its simplicity. Its rustic nature appeals to me, and I also take a certain amount of pleasure from smashing the avocado into all the nooks and crannies (that's not strange, right?). 

Of course, I’m an avocado lover to begin with, often sneaking it straight out of its shell before my fellow avocado-loving husband realizes he’s not getting his fair share, so maybe it’s just me. Either way, I recently tried adding in bits of chopped jalapeno, so I thought I would let you in on my little secret – it turned out delish!

Getting Started

The first thing is to choose a nice, ripe avocado. I usually buy more than what I need because a) I know it won’t go to waste, and b) I always end up choosing one that is either not ripe enough or too ripe. This method usually allows me to have at least one perfect avocado for whatever I’m making.

The next step is to choose your bread. If you have a favorite bread that toasts well, then you know what to do! If not, I recommend using focaccia bread. This absolutely, in no way whatsoever, has anything to do with the fact that I’m on a serious focaccia kick right now (was that convincing?). Okay, perhaps it does, but also, I’ve tried a lot of breads (have I mentioned I’m also a bread lover?), and focaccia usually turns out perfect. It’s spongy, so when you toast it, it doesn’t destroy the roof of your mouth like some others have been known to do. Also, it comes in a bajillion flavors, making it easy to add different tastes without actually doing anything! I’ve been on a rosemary focaccia kick lately, so that’s what I used.

The next part is something I picked up from one of the lovely ladies in the deli department at my local SaveMart. I ordered a veggie sandwich there one day with avocado, and she sliced it up and mashed it right in its own shell!! "Why have I never thought of that??" I asked myself, so now that’s exactly what I do. Simply slice it up and mash it with a fork, then throw in the jalapenos, salt and pepper, and mix together. If it’s too full to mix together, either put it in a bowl, or eat some of the avocado first (why dirty a dish, right?) ;) – problem solved!

Wrapping it up

All that’s left is to toast your bread (I broil it in the oven for a few minutes), generously spread with the avocado mixture, then devour! This spread is fantastic as an appetizer, and works great as a spread for sandwiches or crackers. Whatever you decide to use if for, I hope you love it!


Ingredients

4 slices of your favorite bread (if you use focaccia, slice it in half)
1 large ripe avocado
Chopped jalapeno slices to taste (I use canned or jarred slices, then chop them into smaller pieces)
Coarse salt and pepper to taste

Servings: 4

Are you a fellow avocado lover? If so, what do you like to mix it with? I’d love to know in the comments below!



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