Spicy Avocado Crostini

by Helene Dsouza on March 28, 2014

Have I told you that we have been growing two avocado trees together in our garden? They were about our height when we acquired these precious trees, together with the olive and bread fruit tree, and they have been growing considerably well in the past 2-3 years. We can’t wait to discover what the fruits will be like. You see, it’s hard to know which avocado type this tree could be when we are not avocado experts ourselves and also information and botanical names are rarely provided by the plant wholesaler. Huh?! Did I say Avocado types?

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Yep, there are different avocado types in this world. I believed all this while that there were about 2-3 avocado types until I saw a post from food republic recently showing a few of the commonly available avocado versions. I had no idea, did you? Apparently there should be way more varieties, especially because of the advances in the field of GMO produce but we should also keep in mind that this fruit has been a favorite of the ancient South American cultures and different avocado varieties must have been common back then already.

If you check out the food republic post about avocado varieties, you will see that each avocado has it’s uses. Some are more oily and bigger in size and others drip fresh juice when cut open. The most common avocado variety worldwide and also in Goa, so far at least, has been the Hass Avocado. I think so they should rename it because Hass means hate in German and such a pretty fruit deserves a better name. Back in Europe I remember coming across smaller, drop shaped avocados with a thin and sometimes glossy skin. My mum would pick the right ones in the store since she is a better avocado expert.

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In fact I haven’t always been an Avocado fan. I fell for it when my mum dropped some vinaigrette in an avocado half. Sour flavors somehow go well with certain avocados. In Goa, my husband had to convince me first that his best selling milk shake was the avocado milkshake. I understood why when I had my first sip! Then of course I opened my heart and experimented with  the avocado fruit in my cooking. Guacamole, salads, you name it! Today I am sharing one of these avocado recipes, a spicy avocado crostini.

Crostini are small Italian breads that are grilled crunchy first with a drizzle of olive oil and then you can either add traditional Italian toppings or something more fancy such as this avocado spread. The spicy avocado crostini recipe is completely vegan and maybe paleo (I am not a paleo food expert so I am just guessing according to the ingredients!) When you make this, remember to cover the spooned out avocado with fresh lime juice or it will turn quickly brown. Also feel free to adjust the amount of added chili powder, you can add more if you like it hot.

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Spicy Avocado Crostini
 
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Vegan tantalizing spicy avocado crostini. Surprise your guests and loved ones with this easy appetizer!
Ingredients
  • 1 big ripe and soft Avocado
  • Juice of one small lime
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon red Chili powder or use more according to your spice requirements
  • 3 Tablespoons + 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 big Garlic pod
  • French baguette or Italian ciabatta style soft bread
Instructions
  1. Cut your avocado in half, discard the seed core and spoon all the fruit flesh into a mixer jar. Quickly add lime juice before the avocado turns brown.
  2. Add seasoning: Salt, pepper and chili powder. Continue to add 3 Tablespoons of olive oil and 1 garlic pod. Blend the whole content to a smooth paste without any chunks.
  3. Cut your bread into slices, drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon equally on the top side of the bread. Place under griller for about 10 minutes or until the bread is toasted brown.
  4. Spread the spicy avocado on top of each grilled bread and garnish with coriander.

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I am Helene, the author behind Masala Herb! My aim is to show you an incredible world full of surprises. Food, Culture and Travel are my forte and that's what I enjoy. Follow my Food and Travel adventures and learn some incredible things! Now in the beautifull Indian coastline state, Goa.

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John@Kitchen Riffs

I was kinda sorta aware there were different avocado strains out there (just as there are different varieties of apple trees), but never really thought about it. I need to! Interesting stuff. And this is such a great recipe for crostini, too. Don’t think I’ve ever had an avocado crostini before — love the idea! Thanks.
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Rosa

Great party food! Delicious.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

When I lived in New Zealand we had 5 mature avocado trees in our garden. Two people can’t eat that many avocados but it was nice to walk outside and pick a ripe one. We had more than one variety. I’ve made a similar appetizer to this and the plate went back to the kitchen empty. I bet yours did too.
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Joanne T Ferguson

G’day! I love avocados Helene and could go for one or two of these right now! YUM!
Cheers! Joanne
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David @ CookingChat

This looks great! Pinning to my apps board and impressed you are growing your own tree.
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Ansh

I can usually just buy the hass variety. I haven’t seen any other on the grocery store here or may be I haven’t looked . I will keep an eye out now.
It’s so cool that you are growing your own. How chill is that.
This crostini sounds delicious, Helene.
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Choc Chip Uru

A lovely crostini, the avocados must make it so rich but very healthy :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
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Minnie@thelady8home

I don’t remember buying avocados in India…or even seeing them. But that was years and years ago. Things have changed since. In any case, avocados are fairly new found love for me. I could live on those crostini.
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Kathy

This is my kind of eating…I would love to have these lovely crostini to nibble on right now! The avocado mixture sounds delicious!
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mjskit

Thanks for the link to the avocado types. I’ve heard of Hass and Mexicola Grande, but none of the others. I love the idea of an avocado spread. This does look quite yummy! Love that kick of chili powder!
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Angie@Angie's Recipes

These crostini look beautiful!
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Chantal

Hi Helen
You remember me my childhood in Africa, Congo, we also had fruit trees in our garden.
It was so easy to pick them when they were ripe.
I didn’t know there were different varieties of avocado.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Nice recipe,
Chantal
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Jamie

I really expected your spread to be greener! I love avocados but didn’t always until I, like you, began eating them with vinaigrette or blended into spread like yours. Now I eat them (the Hass or the smaller, shiny ones) as often as I can. I love your recipe!

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Helene Dsouza

Yeah the kind I used was lighter in color. Thanks jamie!

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Kumar's Kitchen

there is no better way to soothe lunch times during this summer than to enjoy these petite and beautiful crostini along with Caprese salad….we are in for seconds….and third too,thanks so much for sharing :-)

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