Nom Nom BBQ!
Start with 1 ripe avocado. Look for one with dark green skin and that you can squish a little with your fingers. If you can only find hard avocados, one trick I have learned is to leave them on the counter in a brown paper paper for a few days till they are squishy.
Mash the avocado fruit after cutting it out of the skin (cut around the big round seed in the middle). I then add some combination of the following (to taste):
• grated parmesan cheese
• pepper and salt
• garlic (chopped, smashed, or sometimes powdered)
• red pepper flakes
• basil or oregano
• chopped jalapenos
Once you mix that all up, taste, and tweak to your liking from there. I have also seen lemon juice, cilantro, and salsa added to guacamoles.
Part of the fun is putting your own spin on it or making it to compliment you specific taste for the day! It's great as a dip with crackers or chips. It's yummy as a spread on sandwiches. And I honestly can't resist eating it right off my finger from the bowl -YUM!
Next up... Twice Baked Potatoes
These have a lot of bang for the effort -- plus who doesn't like potatoes that sing with their BBQ?
I didn't have sour cream on hand, so I substitued greek yogurt (YUM!). I also only made two monster potatoes for Mr. Happy and I.
Lastly, I noticed this days later. My mother in law cuts the potatoes in half and then scoops out the insides. Then refills what looks like mini boats. I accidently forgot the "cut in half length-wise" step and just scooped out the whole potato. I think they are nice either way. But, I think I will try the cut in half ones next time, since these were HUGE and we only ate half of them anyway.
So, to make these. Grab a few potatoes. Wash them and poke a few holes in them with a fork. Then zap them in the microwave to cook them (you can cook them in the oven... but this is so much quicker!). I think I used about 10 minutes for two hu-mung-o potatoes.
Once cooked, either cut in half length-wise or just scoop out the whole potato. Put the innards in a bowl. Mix with cheddar cheese, sour cream (or greek yogurt), butter, salt and pepper, and chives. You can also add bacon if you like! Mix those together and then put the mixture back into the potato skins. Bake the skinds for about 15-20 minutes at 325 degrees. And voila! Topped with a little shredded cheese and dill = fancy potatoes that are sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Next, drum roll please....
We'll finish off with a Rack of Ribs!
Are they done yet?