BLT Stuffed Avocado

BLT Stuffed Avocado via farmgirlgourmet.com

Sometimes, it’s the littlest things that can make you say “wow”.  I needed to create an avocado recipe and I had no idea where I was going to begin.  Don’t get me wrong, I love avocados – a lot.  I eat several of them a week.  But coming up with an avocado recipe that is a game changer, that’s a different story.  I needed something that was beyond the standard guacamole.

Growing up in California, I ate avocados all of the time.  In fact, my favorite sandwich of all time is a BLTA.  Crisp bacon, crunchy lettuce, juicy tomato and sweet avocados sandwiched between tangy sourdough bread with gobs of mayo will make me swoon every.  single.  time.

I was brainstorming with my husband about avocado recipes and his first contribution was “Bacon Wrapped Avocado”.  Sounds interesting, but as a food blogger you have to consider the end photograph and I just kept visualizing a blob of brown bacon.  Not so pretty, but I bet it would be incredibly tasty.  Then I moved on to Avocado Creme Brulee, but it’s been done and I wanted something a little more “home cook friendly”.  My next thought was an Avocado Panna Cotta (like this beautiful specimen from Winnie @ Healthy Green Kitchen) with something savory on top, but I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it completely.  Then it hit me.  What about incorporating the husbands bacon & avocado idea into a a BLTA, but deconstructed?

LIGHT BULB!

I knew I had to make it.  I went for a cubed rustic bread that would stand up to the juicy tomatoes and mayonnaise and added in oven-friendly chiffonade spinach in lieu of watery iceberg.  Lastly I added crisp bacon bits and a dash of S&P and we were off to the races.  I stuffed it into avocado halves that were brushed with a bit of lemon juice to keep them from turning brown and baked them for 10 minutes to crisp up the bread stuffing.

Husbands comments: “mmmm”  “wow”  “yum”  (Or something like that)
My comments: “We need to eat this again, tomorrow and the next day and the next day”.

It’s really good.  Really.

It’s a quick and easy dish to make and if you love BLTA’s like I do, you will be glad you did.   Enjoy!!

BLT Stuffed Avocado

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 Entree Servings or 4 Side Dish Servings

BLT Stuffed Avocado

Try this super easy recipe for a lunch for 2 or as a side dish for 4.

Ingredients

  • 2 large Hass Avocados
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups small cubed rustic bread
  • 1 medium tomato, cored, diced
  • 1/3 cup spinach leaves, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cooked bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Halve the avocados and pit. Brush inside and out with the lemon juice. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl add the bread, tomato, spinach, bacon, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Toss lightly to combine. Fill each avocado half with ¼ of the bread mixture, packing lightly.
  3. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until the bread stuffing begins to brown. Remove and serve immediately.
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