It is time again for Secret Recipe Club reveal day! Woo-hoo! What is the Secret Recipe Club? It’s a lot like Secret Santa, but with recipes. Each month you are assigned a blog. After selecting a recipe from that bloggers repertoire, you make and post it on reveal day. It is a great way to find fun recipes and blogs. I like how it gets me to actually sit down and go through another person’s blog. Blogs are a lot of work and take time to put together. Instead of skimming through just the new stuff (as is usually easier when we see a new blog) it is fun to really sit down and go through what else the blog has to offer. Fun stuff!
My assigned blog this month was from CJ Huang at Morsels of Life. She likes using everyday materials and easy to prepare/efficient methods. Gotta love that! She has a ton of fun flavor combos I was wanting to try, such as Vanilla Carrot Soup, Chinese Coconut Buns, Asian Ginger Carrot Dressing, Honey Mustard Shrimp, Seaweed Cucumber Salad, Pecan Pralines, Roasted Butternut Squash and and Spinach Gnocchi, Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms, Pink Peppercorn Hot Chocolate, Caramelized Onion Squash Galette, Chili Lime Kale Chips, Moroccan Eggplant, Nutella Coconut Popsicles, Balsamic Strawberry Galette, Bacon Beer Pancakes, Creamy Avocado Pasta, Sesame Cucumber Salad, Cassava Patties, Roasted Beets and Carrots with Dill, Tamarind Sauce, Lemon Basil Monkey Bread, Cha Shao Bao (BBQ pork buns), Apple Chutney, Roasted Garlic Turnip Greens, FOUR versions of Guacamole and THREE versions of Chai. Can you see why I had trouble picking a recipe to try? Oof! But I finally narrowed it down to a recipe my family just kept asking about – tt was such an intriguing idea. I decided to make Avocado Fries. Sounds crazy, right? Avocados are usually served fresh and raw, not cooked, so the idea of baking them was interesting. And, with avocados being a big favorite around our house, it seemed like the way to go. 🙂 Baking makes the avocado fries crispy on the outside and warm and creamy on the inside. The flavor was very mild, so I changed up the recipe to season the avocado before breading. For breading I used crushed gluten free fruit juice sweetened crispy brown rice cereal (my standard gluten free replacement for panko crumbs) for an extra crisp and light coating. Also, the really mild flavor seemed to want a spicy dip to compliment it, so I went with a creamy horseradish. You can use one you purchase for steak or roast beef or use the simple recipe below. We loved the combo and will be baking these up again. Thanks for the recipe, CJ!