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Avocado Butter

Description

Use basic Avocado Butter as a spread or substitute for butter in sandwiches, on steamed vegetables, and in omelets. While avocado isn't quite a blank slate for flavor, it's a great starting base to add spices. Spread Cumin Avocado Butter on pitas; dollop Herbed Avocado Butter onto grilled salmon or chicken; use Garlic Avocado Butter on toasted baguette slices topped with tomato; and spread Cayenne Avocado Butter on corn on the cob.

Wine recommendation: La Vis Ritratti 2005 Pinot Grigio from Trentino is crisp but has balancing acidity, making it versatile for pairing with the Avocado Butter in its many forms.

Category
Condiments
Source
Gretchen Roberts
Ingredients
Basic recipe:
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1 scant tablespoon lemon or lime juice
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions
If you like a little texture, mash by hand; if you prefer creamy, use a food processor or blender to purée. This recipe is great for using up very ripe avocados.

To prepare: Mash avocado with lemon or lime juice, salt, and pepper. Cover tightly and refrigerate or serve immediately. If desired, add any of the following:

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon fresh minced oregano or thyme
1 tablespoon fresh minced parsley, basil, or cilantro
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
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