Avocados can be sliced and cooked on the grill and presented in a variety of ways.
Making grilled avocado is simple; this dish consists only of the avocado vegetable cut into slices, or smaller pieces, and cooked on the grill. This can be presented in a number of different ways to appeal to a culinary audience. Some restaurants serve this type of dish, but it is also popular in some communities as part of a home-cooked meal.
A unique vegetable, avocados contain a lot of protein and other dietary elements. This makes it a prime candidate to replace meats or other proteins. Cooks recognize the nutritional values of avocados as well as its taste appeal. It’s what drives its use in grilled avocado dishes and other presentations. The avocado’s distinctive texture is another selling point, though this vegetable’s use is limited by its narrow ripening window and the difficulty of harvesting ripe avocados without cutting them.
It takes some skill to cook avocado on the grill skillfully.
In many cases, cooks cut the avocado into relatively thin slices to place on the grill. Other presentations include whole halves of the grilled avocado on one side. With the seed or nut removed, these avocado halves can contain broth or sauce for more complex culinary presentations.
Cooks can use various items to coat the avocado before grilling. Olive oil or balsamic vinegar are popular to use in this dish. Some cooks also use lemon juice or other similar flavorings. Powdered or chopped herbs or spices can be added to these marinades.
Although colloquially known as a vegetable, avocados are actually a type of fruit.
Grilled avocado can be garnished with other brightly colored vegetables such as tomatoes, bell peppers or carrots for more visual appeal. The dish can be added to sandwiches or served alone. Alternatives to this dish include guacamole, where the avocado is mashed and mixed with other ingredients. Grilled chunks of avocado or guacamole are used as an accompaniment to Latin American foods like quesadillas, tacos, burritos, or enchiladas.
When cooking grilled avocados, the technique involves knowing how long to grill and at what temperature. This provides an attractively charred presentation without burning the food. You also need to keep the texture of the avocado firm enough to allow it to rest on the grill without falling apart and falling into the flames. This dish, while not extraordinarily complex, therefore requires some considerable skill on the part of the cook.