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     I absolutely love avocado, and I was so excited that this week it would be the featured ingredient. I wanted to do something different for the appetizer, and I kept seeing recipes for avocado fries. For some reason, it has never occurred to me to fry avocado, but hey, why not? Almost anything is good fried. 
     I decided that the fries needed a dipping sauce, so I came up with one that had cumin and lime flavors in it. All in all, I was pretty happy with the result…next time, though, I will salt them more…maybe add some salt to the breadcrumbs beforehand.

---Karly



AVOCADO FRIES WITH SPICY CUMIN SAUCE


1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, sliced into 8 strips (ripe, but still a little firm works best)
1 egg, beaten
Flour
Panko breadcrumbs
Oil for frying (peanut oil, vegetable oil, or lard)
salt to taste


For the dipping sauce:
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
3-4 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon ground cumin 

1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2-1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
pepper to taste

     Heat about a half inch of oil in a pan over medium-high heat; it’s hot enough when a drop of water sizzles when it hits the oil. Dip the avocado strips in the flour, then the egg, then the bread crumbs. Fry until golden brown on one side, about 3-4 minutes, then flip and brown on the other side. Place on paper towels to drain and salt immediately. Serve with dipping sauce.

     To make the sauce, mix all the ingredients together. You may start with the lesser amounts of lime juice and hot sauce, then add more to taste.

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