BLT Stuffed Avocado via farmgirlgourmet.com

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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28 thoughts on “BLT Stuffed Avocado

  1. I love avocoados, and can see right now that I’m going to have to buy them by the case from now on. Sure wish we could grow them here! Wonderful recipe – can’t wait to try them!!!

    1. I was eager to try it, but I didn’t have any country bread or spinach so I substituted English muffin and kale. Then I added 1T. of minced onion per avocado. It was excellent too. I still want to try it with spinach and some country bread sometime just to see if there is any difference in the taste.

  2. Thank you for this imaginative recipe. I’ve been searching for a way to use avocado in something other than gucamole. What a great idea!!! I’ve found that the avocado turns dark even when I juice it up. Would it have an adverse affect on the recipe if I prepared the stuffing before halving the advocado ?

  3. Don’t you love when you’re brainstorming a recipe, and then something brilliant just snaps into place? This clearly happens to you often…and you’ve done it again with this avocado goodness.

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