Baked Avocado

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guacHow about a little de-constructed guacamole? Just a little chopped tomato, onion, chili pepper and lime juice stuffed in a pitted avocado and topped with cheese. It’s as simple as that. A few minutes in a hot oven and you have a heavenly lunch or supper. Of course, I made a few substitutions to use what I had on hand — sambal oelek for jalapeno chilis and chipotle Havarti instead of pepper jack. The flavors are beautifully layered with each one hitting the palate just right. Delish!


BAKED AVOCADO (Serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes  (finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chilies  (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp cilantro  (minced)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice  (freshly squeezed, from about 1 lime)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4 cup pepper jack (shredded or crumbled)
  • hot sauce (for serving)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and position a rack in the center.
  2. Cut an avocado in half and remove the pit.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the onion, tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  4. Season the avocado halves with salt and pepper. Divide the onion-tomato mixture between the avocado halves. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
  5. Crinkle two small pieces of foil and place them on a small baking sheet. These will help secure the avocado halves and keep them from rolling around.
  6. Place the avocado halves on the foil holders and place the baking sheet in the oven. Bake until the cheese has melted and the avocado is warm throughout, about 8-12 minutes.

~from TheHungryTravelerBlog.com

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