Oh avocados…you fickle, fickle, bitches. Don’t get me wrong. I love avocados and one of my missions in life is to find out exactly how everyday people keep a regular supply of ripe avocados in their homes. I typically get luck with one or two but then it’s brown spot city for the rest. But I digress…
Anyway, I had a bunch of avocados, most of which weren’t ripe yet (shocker) and was in need of a snack as I was still in the relationship phase where I felt I needed to provide my boyfriend with food every time he came over. I had recently had avocado fries at a restaurant and was really disappointed so I tried to do it a little better myself. I’m really pleased with how these turned out as they’re essentially a blank canvas. I chose to paint that canvas with sweet Thai chili sauce but you could tweak it by adding more spices to the breading or creating a sauce of your own!
The most important thing is that by making these, you’ve defeated the avocado before they’ve had a chance to go brown and that’s a victory in and of itself.
- 1 large semi-ripe avocado
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees – while oven preheats set up a station with two small plates, a small bowl and a cutting board.
- Flour goes on the first plate, lightly beat the egg in the small bowl, panko bread crumbs go on the last plate.
- Prep a medium baking sheet with either a nonstick baking mat or foil sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut avocado in half, remove the pit, and use a large spoon to separate the avocado from the peel – be careful to scoop it out completely in tact, this shouldn't be hard if it's ripe enough.
- Slice avocado halves into equal strips, you should get 6-8 from each half depending on the size of the avocado. Note that the first and last strips will be shorter but that is totally ok!
- Dredge each avocado strip in flour, working one at a time, move from flour to the egg, then finally the panko ensuring the slice is fully covered each time.
- Arrange each slice on the baking tray and pop into the over for about 15 minutes. Check on the "fries" halfway through flipping over so each side gets golden brown.
- Depending on the number and size of your fries, it could take a little longer to cook. Make sure you keep an eye on them and make sure they're getting golden and not burnt.
- Once done serve with your favorite dipping sauce!