M\u00e9m\u00e9's Avocado Carpaccio

[Photographs: Kerry Saretsky]

This is my grandmother's recipe, and she serves it at the beginning of almost every big family meal. Simple, but a perfect study in creamy avocado meeting the tart spark of citrus. Avocado may not be much of a secret in this stark dish, but who can complain when avocado is the main event?

About the author: Kerry Saretsky is the creator of French Revolution Food, where she reinvents her family's classic French recipes in a fresh, chic, modern way. She also writes the French in a Flash series for Serious Eats.

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Mémé's Avocado Carpaccio

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 4 servings
Active time:5 to 10 minutes
Total time:5 to 10 minutes
This recipe appears in: The Secret Ingredient (Avocado): Mémé's Avocado Carpaccio
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Ingredients

  • 2 Hass avocadoes
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel
  • 2 scallions, sliced on an angle
  • A few leaves of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • A few leaves of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Procedures

  1. 1

    Halve the avocados, and remove the pits. Use a large spoon to scoop the flesh from the skin of the avocados, leaving the flesh of each avocado half intact. Turn the avocado over so the hole where the pit was is facing down to the cutting board, and the avocado is situated so the long length of the avocado is running north-south. Slice an array of vertical cuts, creating thin slices of avocado, but be careful not to cut all the way to the top of the avocado. Leave a bit untouched at the top. Turn the avocado half over and fan out the slices, still keep that top bit intact. Place the fanned avocado half on a serving plate, and repeat with the remaining 3 avocado halves.

  2. 2

    Cut the lemon into sixths. Spritz each avocado half with one sixth of the lemon. Drizzle each avocado half with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Sprinkle each with 1/8 teaspoon of fleur de sel, and divide the scallions, parsley, and cilantro amongst the avocados. Season with pepper to taste.

  3. 3

    Slice the remaining two sixths of the lemon in half again. Trim the wedges, and serve alongside the avocados.

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