Meg Made It: Bacon-Avocado Fries

Meg Elwood

Avocados. They’re that strange, mushy, green and brown fruit with a gigantic seed the center. Strangely enough, these odd little alien fruits have tons of health benefits for people of all ages.

One avocado has about 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. They are loaded with vitamins and is a great low-carb food. The list goes on and on, but for the avocado lovers out there, prepare yourself for the same food you know and love, turned into fries sprinkled with bits of bacon. Yes, crispy on the outside, squishy on the inside and topped with the good bacon flavor we all know and love.

Estimate cook time: 15-20 minutes

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ripe Avocado

  • 4 pieces of bacon

  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs

  • 1 cup flour

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro

  • 1 lime

  • Sour cream

  • Mayonnaise

Step 1: Prepare bacon as necessary. Slice avocado in half, remove pit. With a knife, slice avocado halves into small wedges while inside the skin, as if to mimic the shape of a french fry. Spoon the sliced wedges out of the skin and onto a plate. Some might come out a bit blobby if your avocado is too ripe. Salt and pepper. Set aside.

Step 2: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Separate flour, panko crumbs and eggs into three separate bowls. Combine panko crumbs and cooked bacon strips in a food processor. A nutribullet works just as well as a college alternative to a legit kitchen food processor. Blend until thoroughly mixed. Pour back into bowl.

Step 3: Batter each avocado wedge in flour, egg and bacon panko-crumbs, in that order. Set each piece in oven safe dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until a golden crust has formed around the fries.

Step 4: While the fries are in the oven, create a dipping sauce. This can be anything from ketchup to a random concoction like sour cream, mayonnaise and chopped cilantro mixed together in a bowl. Work with what you have around the kitchen, challenge yourself and get creative.

Step 5: Remove fries from oven and serve with the sauce on the side. For the finishing pizzaz of flavor, squeeze a wedge of lime over the entire dish.

Boom! A healthy alternative to regular french fries has been added to your taste pallet. Like any recipe, this can be made in a variety of ways. Add some basil and cilantro to the batter instead of bacon, fry the avocado bits for a real french fry feel, get creative. The beauty of cooking is that there are no limits, it’s an art in itself.