Finally… I’m In!
The Chef and I were talking this weekend about how avocados are all the rage right now in culinary circles when I had him try this avocado dip I made for my Secret Recipe Club February challenge. This is my first one, and I am excited to say my recipe was a success!
When I first attempted to join the Secret Recipe Club a few months ago, they were not accepting new members. I had thought it would be fun and a good way for me to sort of force myself to cook a little more, find some new recipes to try. When The Chef and I made the deal that he would do most of the cooking in our home if he went to culinary school (and I supported us during that time), I didn’t necessarily mean for that to become I would never cook! But it’s just easier to let him do it, and truly, he usually does enjoy it, not to mention how much quicker and better most things turn out when he’s the one preparing them.
So I was excited when I found an email in my inbox a few weeks ago that the Secret Recipe Club had an opening if I was still interested, because this would give me a fun, “low pressure” way to begin doing a little cooking again. My assignment for February is the blog, Love & Flour, where you will find some delicious recipe ideas. The author’s first love is baking, but obviously, as you know from the recipe I chose, she offers a good mix of other types of recipes, too.
Why an Avocado Dip?
As I began perusing the blog and thinking about what type of recipe to try for my first challenge, I thought about the types of recipes I am always looking for right now. Avocado, because of the amazing nutritional value it holds, is definitely in the top five on that list. Also in the top five are dip recipes. In our ongoing and constantly evolving efforts to deal with the challenges of children who can be picky eaters, and as is suggested in the resources we included in our eBook, What to Cook for Dinner for Picky Eaters, we have been experimenting with dips. We have found that our children love dips, so new dip recipes with nutritional ingredients always have my attention!
When I came across the Avocado Pear Dip recipe on Love & Flour, I knew I had found the recipe for my first challenge. I adapted it using lime juice in place of lemon, which is better for The Well Fed Son’s food sensitivities, a poblano pepper in place of the jalapeno, olive oil and a little salt.
The End Result, According to My “Official” Taste-Testers
The Chef thought it needed more salt. He is not a fan of avocado overall, although, we have had guacamole at a friend’s home in the past that he liked. He didn’t care for this one. So my search continues for other recipes using avocado with other flavors that he might be more willing to eat!
The kids? They were not huge fans either… at first. A few days later, as I was eating some, they both asked to have some! They did not eat much of it, but… as we discuss in our eBook about picky eaters, it takes multiple times (more than you might think!) before it’s “safe” to say they aren’t eating something well because they truly do not like it, as opposed to, simply, it’s something new. If they really didn’t like it, I seriously doubt they would have asked for it again.
And now… my thoughts. I liked it… a lot! The pear flavor gave it a sweetness that helped balance to what I think is a strong flavor that avocados have. I’m not big on a lot of spice, but I thought the poblano gave it just enough for a little kick, and again, balance of flavor elements.
As you may know, I’m not the “culinary expert” The Chef is, but I’d say I’ve come a long way since we first started this blog two years ago! I hope you enjoy this recipe…. give it a try!
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Recipe: Avocado-Pear Dip
Summary: Adapted from recipe by Love & Flour
- 2 avocados, peeled and quartered
- 1 pear, chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- pinch salt
- olive oil (1-2 tablespoons at a time)
- Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and process until smooth, adding an additional 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil as needed to get desired consistency.
- Transfer to a covered container and refrigerate to chill.
- Allow to chill a minimum of 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld before serving.
If you prefer a chunky dip or stronger avocado flavor, mash the avocados by hand. Do not add them to the blender or food processor, but fold them into the dip after all other ingredients are smooth.
I ate the dip with Pecan Nut-Thins by Blue Diamond. I really liked the combination of flavors!
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 6
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