Avocado Stuffed with Smoked Fish

Preparation info

    • Difficulty

      Easy

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Cold-Smoking & Salt-Curing Meat, Fish, & Game

Cold-Smoking & Salt-Curing Meat, Fish, & Game

By A D Livingston

Published 2010

  • About

The best avocados I have ever eaten were grown on a large tree near Tampa Bay. This area is also noted for its smoked mullet. The two ingredients fit nicely together in a recipe from Ghana, which I have adapted here. Any good smoked fish will do, but those that have been cold-smoked should first be steamed or poached for about 15 minutes, or until they flake easily when tested with a fork.

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup flaked cooked smoked fish
  • 2 large avocados, quite ripe
  • 4 chicken eggs, hard-boiled
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup peanut oil
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 limes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar

    Method

    Peel the whites off the egg yolks. In a bowl, mash the yolks with the milk until you have a paste. Add salt, sugar, and the juice of 1 lime. Stir in the peanut oil a little at a time, then stir in the olive oil. Chop the egg whites and add them to the bowl. Stir in the fish. (this stuffing can be refrigerated for later use, or served at room temperature.)

    When you are ready to eat, cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and fill the cavities with the stuffing. Squeeze on a little lime juice and enjoy.

    In Ghana, the dish is served with strips of red bell pepper or pimiento as a garnish. This is a nice touch. I also like it sprinkled with paprika and served on lettuce, along with wedges of lime so that each person can squeeze some juice onto his serving.