Serious Entertaining: An All-Avocado Meal

Serious Entertaining

Seasonal menu planning for the perfect dinner party.

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Avocados, or the cleverly nicknamed "tree bacon" are on my eternal shopping list. When cruising past the avocado pile in the produce section, I can't help but feel around for the good ones and put a few in the basket. How did I just spend $12 on avocados?! Oops, well, you can take the girl out of California, but...

Not a day goes by when I wouldn't eat an avocado sliced up and drizzled with some good olive oil and coarse sea salt for an anytime meal. Mashed on toast or a midnight snack with Sriracha, really anytime. It's never not avocado o'clock.

But like bananas, avocados peak in ripeness and have a pretty short window for prime enjoyment. So when I find myself with eight avocados to use up (quick! ahh! too much of a good thing!!), here are some go-to recipes for avocado-rama.

Carrot and Avocado Salad with Crunchy Seeds


[Photograph: John Kernick]

This is the salad at ABC Kitchen that everyone is still talking about the next morning. The creamy slices of avocado with cumin roasted carrots and a scattering of crunch from pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Then there's that tangy cloud-like dollop of sour cream on top.

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Potato Tacos with Avocado and Tomatillo Salsa


[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Mashed potatoes stuffed into a fried tortilla—it is a thing of beauty. Crispy tortillas give way to fluffy potatoes inside, with the guacamole and crema binding it all together.

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Avocado Paletas


[Photograph: Courtesy of Fany Gerson]

Avocado on a stick! Fany Gerson, the queen of paletas, captures all the natural creaminess of the avocado and sweetens them slightly to make this refreshing 'cado ice pop.

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More Avocado Recipes!

The Best Basic Guacamole
12+ Ways to Amp Your Guac
Greener Goddess Dressing
Bi-Rite Market's Fennel, Blood Orange, and Avocado Salad
Jícama-Avocado Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Crab, Avocado & Potato Terrine
Crab and Avocado Sandwich
Avocado Panini with Brie, Mozzarella, Sun Dried Tomatoes
Alton Brown's Sardine-Avocado Sandwich
Avocado Carpaccio
Quinoa Salad with Corn, Tomatoes, Avocado, and Lime
Avocado Pound Cake
Chocolate Avocado Cake With Avocado Buttercream
Chocolate Avocado Milkshake