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Thursday 10 April 2014

Sluttishly Savoury: Mediterranean Baked Avocado

You can feel the love for avocados the world over. I haven't yet met anyone who doesn't - at the very least - like little green fellas. *Megaphone announcement* "Is there anyone out there??" Their benefits to the hair, skin, eyes, nails and general all-round human needs are staggering.

But buying these 'alligator pears' can be problematic. Once too often I've found them to be either rock hard and neither 'ripe nor ready'. When you want avocado and you WANT IT NOW– try baking 'em. The idea of cooking them seems a bit odd at first, but it's delicious. I hear that baking avocados was a 'thing' in the seventies, and who doesn't love a seventies revival? Hello prawn cocktail!

This works nicely with both hard and softer avos and can be baked naked or filled with whatever you like. I went for Italian pizza topping stuffs for the melt factor. If you want to add a bit of crunch, add breadcrumbs to the top.

Pesto and Mozzarella Baked Avocado (serves 1 as starter or light main)
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
  • 1 avocados, halved, peeled and stoned
  • half a ball of mozzarella
  • 100ml nice tomato sauce (I used Lloyd Grossman's puttanesca 'cos it was on offer)
For the pesto (or just use shop bought)
  • 2 tbsp blanched almonds
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 100ml olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Make it!

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas4.
  2. For the pesto, just whiz up all the ingredients, seasoning to taste. 
  3. Spoon the tomato sauce into a small ovenproof dish.
  4. Place the avocado halves on top, along with the mozzarella and pesto. 
  5. Bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbling. Leave to cool slightly before serving.


  1. *raises hand* I really, really don't like it. I really, really like guacamole, but I hate the texture of avocado so only eat it when it's all mushed up. I'm pretty sad about it, this looks amazing.

  2. Oh how I love avocados. Sometimes I think the best thing about working from home is that when I go to the shops in the day the avocados for sale actually are ripe and ready. It makes me so happy.

    1. I want to do that! I hate not liking fruit and veg, especially the ones that are good for me.

    2. Sian – my deepest sympathies!

  3. I can't stand the texture of avocado. One of the three I just can't stand with raw tomatoes and okra. It's a texture thing...

  4. I've been having avocado cravings the last few days, and almost always resort to prawn cocktail as a result.

    So totally on this now!

  5. I've never, ever thought of this - thank you!! :-)


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