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Making avacado sandwiches - a delicious and simple treat
Avocados are nutritious and delicious tree grown fruits that are usually eaten as a vegetable. They are the main ingredient in guacamole, which is a dip often eaten with corn chips and also served as a condiment for fajitas and other Mexican dishes.
When you don't feel like cooking, or you want a change of pace, an avocado sandwich is a welcomed treat to enjoy as a snack or eaten as a meal in itself.
Selecting and preparing the avocado:
Ripe avocados will still have some firmness, but will not feel solid. If you squeeze them very lightly, you will feel some slight give. If they are very soft and starting to appear wrinkled, they are no good for eating and are to be tossed out. It may take some practice to judge when your avocados are ripe, and even experienced avocado eaters have to toss out avocados now and then.
One avocado is usually plenty for one person to eat, but if you are very hungry and won't be eating for several hours, you can use two or three, especially if they are on the small side. Hass avocados are recommended since they usually have more flavor than the very large Florida avocados.
To prepare, use the tip of a sharp knife to cut skin all the way around, top to bottom to top, separating the skin into 4 sections. Peel all four pieces of skin off of the avocado. Some ripe avocados have a layer of brown on the surface of the fruit, and this should be scraped off with a knife.
Slice the avocado into pieces. You will have to cut around the large pit and use your knife to slide the fruit off of the pit. If there are any brown lines or bruised sections in the fruit, cut these out. Sometimes you will have to cut out as much as half of an avocado, depending on how much it has been handled and dented.
Preparing the toppings:
You can make sandwiches with just avocados and bread with good results, but there are several optional toppings for you to consider using on your sandwich.
Lettuce is probably the best choice out of all of the toppings, for its mild flavor will not detract from the avocado, and it will add some moisture and texture to your sandwich.
For onion lovers, thin slices or rings of red onion make great additions to avocado sandwiches. They add a nice sweet bite and crisp crunch.
Tomatoes are not recommended unless you are a real tomato lover. They will make the sandwich mushier and may take away from the rich mellow avocado flavor. If you love tomatoes, try a thin slice or two on your sandwiches.
Radishes are beautiful additions, and their flavor and texture do not harm the sandwich. If you have some extra radishes, you may want to try a thinly sliced radish on your sandwich.
Finely chopped cilantro sprinkled on the sandwich is another flavorful addition.
You can put any veggies that you enjoy eating on your sandwich. Just chop or slice whatever vegetables you would like to add, and you are ready to make your sandwich.
Making the sandwich:
Toast slices of bread of choice (toasting optional). Avocados blend well with the flavors of whole grain or sprouted grain bread. They are also good on crusty and rustic European style artisan breads.
Mayonnaise is not required for this type of sandwich, since avocados have a lot of oil and are soft.
Cover one slice of bread with prepared avocado slices. Add chosen vegetables, and add second piece of bread. Lightly push down on sandwich to help crunch ingredients together. That's it! You've now got a tasty avocado sandwich.
- Avocado sandwiches can be a little messy to eat, and can sometimes fall apart while eating, so you might not always want to cut your sandwich in half like the ones in the photos. Also, if you prefer, you can mash your avocado pieces, or even turn them into guacamole before adding them to your sandwich.
- It can be difficult to find good quality food when traveling in unfamiliar areas. You would think that a standard grocery store would have a lot to offer in terms of food, but a good percentage of their foods are poor quality and often have undesirable additives. Whenever you are in need of a meal, see if you can find a couple of ripe avocados in the produce section. If so, grab a head of lettuce and the best quality loaf of bread that you can find in the bakery. They are a bit messy for car eating, but it can be done, and you will be spared of eating some strange concoction being passed off as nourishment.
- It is best to prepare avocados just prior to eating. Avocados will start to brown when left to sit, and their quality starts to diminish from the time that they are cut.
- Some sources claim that avocados are good for diabetics. I've even heard of a woman who no longer required insulin shots after a year of daily avocado eating. Of course this wouldn't be possible with continual and regular sugar consumption, which is the real cause of diabetes.
A personal touch:
Growing up as an overweight fast food eating American, I was only exposed to avocados when dining out somewhere that served muchos nachos appetizers. To me, the guacamole served on top or at the side of this appetiazer was just some strange green slime of unknown origin, and I was perhaps a bit frightened at the concept of eating it. Little did I know what I was missing. Nowadays, I consider avocados a luxury, and whenever I'm with someone who makes a strange face when exposed to avocados or guacamole, I smile inside, wishing I could share with them the goodness of this wonderful food.
So there you have it! If you love avocados too, leave a comment below, and be sure to let me know if you ever try eating an avocado sandwich.