Friday, July 19, 2013

The Egg in the Avocado

Maybe it's because they grew up in Colombia where you can get avocados all year. Or maybe because our favorite Colombian dish (ajiaco) is served with avocados. Or maybe because papas saladas (salted potatoes) is served with fresh guacamole. Or maybe just because they are good and good for you, but my kids love avocados.

Last February our family chose names to be "secret" Valentines. We snuck around town delivering cards and gifts to each other while trying not to let the recipient know who the giver was until the big reveal day. 

My younger daughter received an avocado in a brown paper bag at the front desk of the college where she studies. The receptionist told me later that watching her open it and her excitement about it being the coolest gift ever was as good as getting a Valentine herself!

So, when I saw this recipe, I knew it would be a hit, even with (or maybe especially with) my vegetarian daughter.

1 large avocado for every two people
1 small egg per person
cayenne pepper
shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese

Preheat oven to 350F. Cut avocado in half and take out pit. Scoop out some extra avocado flesh* to make room for the egg. (I had very small eggs, but they were still too big for my smallish avocados, so start with big avocados.) Place avocado halves in oven proof baking dish.

Crack one egg into each avocado half. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (my husband says you need lots of the peppers). Sprinkle 1 tsp. cheese on each egg. Bake 18-25 minutes until egg reaches desired doneness.

*Reserve the extra avocado in a bowl with one pit to keep it from going brown. you can use it to spread on bread or make a little guacamole for lunch!

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  1. Looks delicious - and so simple, too!

  2. Great idea! I love avocados and will have to try this! Thanks for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place!
    sue @

  3. I've never seen anything like this, but it sounds yummy and your photos of it certainly look delicious!

  4. When I was a kid my Mom bought an avocado and we all tasted it. We wondered why anyone would eat it--the avocado was hard, unripe, but we didn't know that. Years later I spent a few months in Guatemala and discovered the taste of a ripe avocado. Have loved avocados ever since. Your recipe sounds delicious.
    The story of the secret Valentine's day gifts is delightful! great family activity.

  5. I never would have thought to do this. Love avocados, eat lots of eggs. This looks delicious! I can just see the joy on your daughter's face when she opened her brown bag gift :)
    (stopping by from Say It Saturday)

  6. Yum! I want to try this! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!

  7. I'm stopping in from Lisa's Grand Social and yum, yum, yum - thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks delicious - and for the printable recipe.

  8. Interesting! I am going to try this. I love avocados but never heard of baking them with an egg inside. Thanks for the great idea. Just stopping by from the GRAND Social Linky Party. Hope you get a chance to do the same!

  9. Yum. I am just starving this morning and was thinking of waking my husband to go to breakfast and then I saw this. I stopped by from the Grandma's Briefs Grand Social and wanted to say hi!



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