Imaginative Ways to Use Avocados

After months and months of instability in the market, creamy, luscious, dream avocados are back as a good buy in both quality and quantity! Avocados are luxurious on their own in salads, layered on sandwiches, mashed into guacamole, and spread on toast. But they can also be used imaginatively. Massage raw avocado directly into fresh kale with lemon juice, salt, and olive oil for an irresistible side dish or base for other fresh ingredients. Or consider replacing oil with fat-rich avocados in your favorite blended emulsions.

And speaking of fat, blend avocado and pure, salted butter together for a gorgeous, jade compound butter that can be frozen and melted on top of fish, chicken, steak, or veggies anytime! A drop of lemon juice or citric acid will help keep the color bright. Avocados are also lovely blended into fruit smoothies because they add color, richness, and creaminess. Pair them with other fruits like berries or melons in your blender, or go nuts and do 100% avocado! Just make sure to cut it with a little sweetener like maple syrup or agave.

Avocados are also very useful in dairy-free confectionary work. One of my favorite desserts is luscious chocolate pudding with avocado as the base. Avocado is also delicious dredged in tempura batter and fried to golden brown perfection, or used as an edible baking dish for eggs. The sky is the limit!

About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.