This creamy Avocado Spread is a popular condiment made from mashed or pureed avocados. It is used as a spread for sandwiches, toast, crackers, or used as a dip for vegetables or chips.
Avocado spread is known for its creamy texture and nutty, slightly sweet flavor.
It is often seasoned with lemon or lime juice, salt, pepper, and other seasonings such as garlic, herbs, or spices to enhance its flavor.
Avocado spread is also a healthier alternative to traditional spreads like mayonnaise or butter.
Properties of Avocado
Avocado is a highly nutritious and versatile fruit that is widely used in various cuisines around the world. Some of its key properties are:
- Nutritional Value: Avocado is an excellent source of healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, potassium, vitamin K, B-vitamins, and vitamin E.
- Creamy Texture: Avocados have a creamy, smooth texture that makes them ideal for use in dips, spreads, sauces, and smoothies.
- Versatility: Avocados can be used in a wide variety of dishes, from sweet to savory, and can be eaten raw or cooked.
- Healthy Fat Content: Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reducing inflammation and improving heart health.
- Antioxidant Properties: Avocados are a good source of antioxidants, which can help protect the body against oxidative stress and reduce the risk of certain diseases.
- Flavor: Avocados have a mild, nutty flavor that is well-suited to a variety of dishes and can be easily enhanced with other ingredients such as lemon or lime juice, spices, and herbs.
What’s the difference of an avocado spread and guacamole?
Guacamole and avocado spread are both dips made from avocados, but there are some differences between the two.
Guacamole is a classic Mexican dip made from mashed avocados, lime juice, salt, and often other ingredients such as diced onion, garlic jalapenos, tomato, and cilantro.
It has a chunky, salsa-like texture and is often used as a dip for chips, tacos, or burritos.
An avocado spread, on the other hand, can refer to a variety of dips or spreads that use avocados as a base.
These spreads can vary in texture, with some being chunky like guacamole and others being smooth and spreadable like a dip.
Avocado spread often has a more neutral flavor and can be seasoned or flavored to suit the desired taste.
It can be used as a spread for sandwiches, toast, or crackers, or as a dip for vegetables or crackers.
Where can an avocado be used as a substitute?
Avocado can commonly be used as a substitute for ingredients in many recipes, particularly in healthier or vegan cooking. Some of the most common uses of avocado as a substitute are:
- Butter: Avocado can be used as a spread on toast or bread in place of butter, offering a healthier alternative with a similar texture and flavor.
- Mayonnaise: Avocado can be blended with lemon juice and seasonings to create a creamy, healthy dip or spread that can be used as a substitute for mayonnaise.
- Dairy products: Avocado can be used to make dairy-free alternatives to cheese, cream, or sour cream. For example, it can be blended with seasonings to make a creamy dip or sauce.
- Eggs: In vegan cooking, avocado can be used as an egg substitute in dishes like deviled eggs, egg salad, and frittatas.
- Fat in baking: Avocado can be used as a healthy substitute for oil or butter in baking, providing moisture and a tender crumb without the added saturated fat. See my Avocado Cake.
How to peel the avocado like a pro?
Peeling an avocado can be a bit tricky, but with a few simple steps, you can easily remove the skin and enjoy the creamy flesh inside. Here’s how to peel an avocado:
- Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, cutting around the seed.
- Twist the two halves in opposite directions to separate them.
- Remove the seed by gently twisting it with a knife or by using a spoon to scoop it out.
- Place the avocado half in the palm of your hand, with the flesh facing down.
- Starting at the top of the avocado, gently insert the tip of a spoon between the flesh and the skin.
- Slowly run the spoon along the length of the avocado, separating the flesh from the skin.
- Repeat this process with the other half of the avocado.
How long does the Avocado spread last?
Put the avocado spread in a glass jar with a tight lid. It will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 – 4 days.
It’s important to note that the spread may start to darken and become less appealing after a few days, even though it is still safe to eat.
If you notice any signs of spoilage, such as a strong odor or mold growth, it’s best to discard the spread and make a fresh batch.
How to make the avocado Spread:
Put the peeled avocado in the food processor.
Add the onion.
Add the lemon juice.
Add the olive oil.
Add salt, pepper and sweet paprika.
Pulse or blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge, up to 3 – 4 days.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 heaped tbsp lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
- ½ medium sized red onion
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Freshly grated black pepper
- ½ tsp Sweet paprika
- Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop the flesh into a food processor.
- Add the onion, olive oil. the lemon juice, salt, and pepper and paprika.
- Pulse or blend until smooth.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
- Transfer the spread to a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate until ready to use.
- The spread will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 - 4 days.
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 479Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 35gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1188mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 16gSugar 4gProtein 5g
"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."
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