Any good sandwich needs a spread to truly bring everything together. A spread keeps the sandwich moist and flavorful, and acts like a barrier to prevent the bread from becoming soggy. If you’re using ingredients such as vegetables, deli meats, and pickles, the moisture can soak into the bread if you don’t add a layer of spread to act as a barrier. This is the reason why most spreads are oil-based: the oil repels the water!
There’s a pretty good chance that you’ve got a jar or bottle of your go-to spread in your fridge or pantry right now, whether it’s butter, mayonnaise, or if you’re feeling a little fancy, some cream cheese. However, if you want to try a new type of spread, why not make this quick and delicious avocado spread at home?
How to pick ripe avocados?
To pick ripe avocados, you need to look at the color of the skin and the firmness of the fruit. The skin should be dark green, and the fruit should be firm but should be a little soft if you squeeze the fruit in the middle.
Why are avocados considered healthy fat?
Avocados are considered to be healthy fat because they contain monosaturated fat, which is known to decrease the amount of “bad” cholesterol in the body. The fat found in avocados is oleic acid, and consumption of this fat is linked to numerous health benefits, such as a lower risk of developing heart diseases and decreased muscle inflammation.
How to mash avocados?
You can mash avocados by hand. You can simply use a fork or a potato masher to get a smooth consistency.
How to preserve avocados?
Avocados can quickly oxidize and turn brown if exposed to air. You can preserve an avocado by leaving in the pit or by squeezing something acidic such as lemon or lime juice on top of the avocado to prevent oxidation.
How long does avocado spread last?
Homemade avocado spread can last around 2-3 days in your fridge. After this time, the spread can start forming a crust and the moisture can start separating from the fat solids, and the spread will turn rancid quickly afterwards.
How to store avocado spread?
To store avocado spread, put the spread in an airtight container such as a glass jar or a Mason jar. Place the jar in the fridge when not in use as heat can drastically shorten the shelf life of this spread.
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1. Try different consistencies
You can play with different consistencies when making avocado spread. If you want the spread to be somewhat chunky, you can mash it by hand to control the level of chunkiness of the avocados. However, if you want the spread to be really smooth and creamy, you can pulse the spread in a food processor.
2. Use Haas or Florida avocados
For making avocado spread, the best varieties of avocado is either Haas or Florida avocados. Haas avocados are creamier and richer compared to Florida avocados, and they are much easier to whip. However, if you want to have a lighter avocado spread, you can use Florida avocados because they contain significantly less fat.
Quick and Creamy Avocado Spread
This quick and delicious avocado is a great alternative to butter and mayonnaise, especially if you’re looking for a healthier or vegetarian spread. You can whip this up if you’re in the mood to make a (BLT sandwich)[link to follow] that will knock your socks off.
- 1 ripe avocado
- ½ cup 2% Greek yogurt
- 1 large clove garlic
- 1 ½ T. fresh lime juice (approximately ½ lime)
- 1 ½ t. ground cumin
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Mince garlic finely. Set aside.
- Cut avocado in half, lengthwise. Remove pit, scoop out flesh, and mash until smooth.
- Add Greek yogurt, garlic, lime juice, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix thoroughly until well combined.
- Let sit for at least 30 minutes in fridge to allow flavors to develop.
- Use immediately or store until needed.
Give it Some Green!
You can add herbs to the spread to give it a little bit more oomph! You can use cilantro to give it a little bit of a spicy kick or parsley to balance out the creamy avocado with a little bitterness.
Spice it Up!
You can also add some spices to make your spread a little bit more flavorful! Use spices such as cayenne or chili powder to give it a little heat.
Aside from a spread, you can also use this recipe as a dip! Pair it with your favorite tortilla chips or vegetable sticks. If you want to make it even more delicious, sprinkle in a little bit of ranch dressing powder