AVOCADOS ADD TWIST ON TRADITION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

AVOCADOS ADD TWIST ON TRADITION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON



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Santa Ana, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 31, 2002–When the Native Americans and the Pilgrims first met to give thanks they each brought indigenous ingredients and cooking techniques to create the first “melting pot.” Today, when Latinos in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving, they look for ways to continue to enjoy their own cultural dishes while celebrating American tradition. One Latino favorite that lends itself during the holiday season is the avocado.

Food takes center stage over the holiday season. The familiar aromas and tastes of holiday favorites are what bring family and friends together. This year, add a twist on tradition by including one of the season’s bountiful ingredients, avocados.

During the holidays when the old adage is “the more, the merrier” avocados are an ideal food for entertaining. They evoke a casual sense of elegance that elevates the quality of a dish and makes guests feel special, whether they are gathered around the Thanksgiving table or toasting the New Year.

Paring avocados with traditional favorites like stuffing and cranberries adds green holiday hues and delectable flavor. Avocados also dress up holiday leftovers, and they’re a guaranteed hit at holiday parties, playing the starring role in guacamole and hors d’ouerves. Avocados are available year-round, assuring consistent quality and convenience – important during the season of hustle and bustle.

Not only are avocados a delicious part of the season, they may also help de-stress the holidays. Avocados require little preparation and are perceived as satisfying comfort food. Most recipes simply call for fresh diced or sliced avocado and just a few seasonings. There is also an ancient belief that avocados are mood enhancers, perhaps because of their energy producing magnesium and healing vitamin E, among other vitamins and nutrients.

Delight your guests throughout the season with fresh avocados. Not only will they be impressed by your take on tradition, but you’ll also help create a joyful holiday for all.

TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING WITH A TWIST

HOLIDAY AVOCADO STUFFING

Instead of falling back on the usual casserole, try an elegant twist with Holiday Avocado Stuffing to impress your guests. This colorful recipe combines traditional stuffing ingredients – onion, celery, stuffing mix — with fresh avocados, an unexpected twist. Cooked avocado adds new dimension to conventional stuffing and its mild, nutty flavor becomes more prevalent when heated.

HOLIDAY AVOCADO STUFFING

Makes 12 servings

2 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup chopped onion

3/4 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted

2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves

1 box (6 ounces) prepared stuffing mix

2 firm ripe avocado, seeded, peeled and cubed

In skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery, bell pepper and parsley; sauté for 4 minutes stirring occasionally. Stir in pecans, stuffing mix, water (according to package directions) and avocado. Grease a 1-quart casserole and spoon in stuffing. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes until top is lightly browned and stuffing is heated through. Serve.

Cook’s Note: It is recommended that stuffing be prepared in a casserole dish rather than stuffed into a turkey to assure food safety.

CRANBERRY GUACAMOLE or TOPPING

Thanksgiving would not be complete without gravy and cranberry sauce, but a Latino family also includes salsa. Why not try guacamole for a new twist? Avocados and sweet cranberries make the perfect combination in this extraordinary recipe. Served as a side-dish or topping, this recipe adds a delicious new twist and mouth-watering flavor to roasted turkey and ham.

CRANBERRY GUACAMOLE or TOPPING

Makes about 12 servings (2 tablespoons each)

2 ripe avocados, seed, peeled and coarsely mashed

1/2 cup salsa Verde

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 jalapeño, seeded and deveined, finely chopped

1 teaspoon coarse garlic salt

2/3 cup dried cranberries soaked in hot water, drained and squeezed dry

Combine all ingredients. Serve

LUSCIOUS LEFTOVERS

For some, Thanksgiving leftovers taste even better than the big meal, let avocados enhance ingredients such as turkey, corn, and cranberry sauce.

TRI-COLOR AVOCADO AND CORN SALSA

This mixture of fresh avocado, golden corn, red and green bell peppers is perfect to serve on turkey tacos, quesadillas, fajitas and can also be served anytime of the year over grilled fish or chicken.

TRI-COLOR AVOCADO AND CORN SALSA

Makes 6 half-cup servings (or 12 1/4 cup servings)

1 firm ripe avocados, seeded, peeled and cubed

3/4 cup frozen corn, defrosted

1/4 red bell pepper, chopped

1/4 green bell pepper, chopped

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion

1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon coarse ground garlic salt

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

4 to 6 drops red pepper sauce

Combine all ingredients in large bowl.

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AVOCADOS ADD TWIST ON TRADITION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON