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Apr202009

Guacamole Ice Cream…sort of!

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Time for the monthly Royal Foodie Joust!  What’s the Joust, you ask?  It’s a monthly contest started by Jenn, The Leftover Queen.  Who also runs The Foodie BlogRoll.  And if you have a food blog and haven’t joined yet, what are you waiting for?  They have giveaways happening all the time, and all you need to do to enter is join the BlogRoll.  Plus, there are forums that are a great way to network, meet other bloggers, and find lots of great information.  So get on over there and check it all out!

Last month’s Joust was won by Peter and Christey at http://fotocuisine.com/, and they won with their entry for Almond Crusted Asparagus Rolls with Lemongrass Hollandaise.  How amazing does that look?   Well, everything they have posted does, right? 

 

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The winner of each Joust gets to choose the three ingredients for the next Joust.  And this time, instead of choosing specific ingredients, Peter and Christey chose Red, White, and Green.  I loved this idea, because it leaves the Joust wide open to interpretation.  Feeling sweet, savory, traditional or daring?  Doesn’t matter—as long as you use some red, white and green.

This past Saturday, I was having a short chat with Michele, at Life, Lightly Salted.  She’s a real sweetheart and has an outstanding blog, so please go and say hello to her.  We were talking about ice cream, and she was saying she was going to try making some avocado ice cream.  I swear, I almost saw the light bulb go on over my head.   I love guacamole, and what if I could make avocado ice cream, but make it look like the dip I love so much? 

 

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It all fell into place.  Since I’d always wanted to try avocado ice cream, I knew this would be fun—plus my ice cream maker was growing far too lazy.  I decided to use diced strawberries instead of tomatoes, shredded coconut in place of diced white onion, and mint would stand in for cilantro.

I used a basic recipe for the ice cream from Alton Brown.  You just can’t go wrong with his recipes.  I didn’t let the mixture chill for 4-6 hours, though.  More like 30-40 minutes, and I had no problems.  Damn my lack of patience!  And toward the end of the cycle, I tossed in a few small handfuls of coconut, and about 6 large diced strawberries.  I almost forgot the mint until my husband reminded me.  Whew!  I’d have hated to have forgotten that.  I just folded that in myself and them tossed it all in the freezer to set better.

 

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I should have taken a photo before scooping some out, though, because when it was in the container, it looked just like guacamole!  My daughter came in and said, “gross, mom, that ice cream looks like guacamole!”  Good!  that’s what I was going for!  ;)

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My “tortilla chips” would be played by shortbread cookies.  This recipe is from my grandmother, and we made it almost every year for Christmas.  The cookies are so pretty with red and green sugar on them.  We usually make them into individual cookies, but since I was trying to get the tortilla chip thing going, I split the dough into two portions, and patted it out into two circles on a parchment lined sheet.  Lightly score the dough into wedges, then bake.  After baking, you can separate the wedges.  (They take a little longer to bake this way—about 10 extra minutes.  they should feel set on the top.)  I know, most shortbread recipes don’t use any eggs, but I adore this recipe.  They seem lighter, and not so heavy.

 

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Mom's Shortbread Cookies

To print this recipe, click here.


This is my mom's tried and true shortbread recipe. She got it from my grandmother. These are great any time of year, but especially nice for Christmas gifts. You can sprinkle them with green or red sugar before baking. The flavor of these cookies improves with age, so make them a few days before you plan to give them away.

2 cups    flour  
1 cup    butter, softened  
1/2 tsp    baking powder  
1/2 cup    sugar  
1    egg  
1    fresh lemon rind, of grated 

 

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Sift flour and baking powder together in a small bowl. 
Cream butter, add sugar slowly, mixing well. 
Mix in egg and lemon rind. 
Add flour/baking powder mixture, mix in well. 
Shape into balls about the size of a golf ball, place on pan, flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass. 
Bake at 300° for 15 to 20 minutes, just until a bit golden on the edges. 
These last well if kept in a tightly covered container, and actually taste even better after a day or two as the flavors develop.


Yield: 48-60 cookies
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes

 

And that’s it—that’s my entry for this month’s Royal foodie Joust.   Wish me luck!  And avocado ice cream?  Let’s just say it’ll be in regular rotation this summer.   Because, yum!avocado-ice-cream-9       

 

 

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Reader Comments (53)

How fun -- looks like frozen guacamole, especially with your shortbread chips :-)

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllen of EOL

That's the coolest guacamole ever!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlettergirl

Love Alton's recipes, for sure - that guacamole and the shortbread look faaaaabulous!!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

What a freakin' cute idea. You're so creative :)

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRecipeGirl

omg i love it!!!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterttfn300

This is fantastic - what a great idea!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrecipes2share

You know what? I can't wait to put this one together in my Cuisinart. Ice cream season is ON! Thanks, Elle!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Smith

oh how fabulous is this? the photos are just perfect. very clever to add on the shortbread "chips".
Yeah I love Michelle, she's a sweetie.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Wow Elle! Very clever. Good luck with the joust.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrOrph

My dad loves avocado ice cream. I have never made it though. I will have to surprise him with this. Great post!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

That is so incredibly creative Elle! It looks just as addictive as guacamole. You know, I haven't ever thought about avocado ice cream but I bet that is delicious! I'm impressed!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjusteatfood

This great! It looks tasty and fun, especially with short bread looking like pita!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustine

I have been wondering about avocado ice cream for a long time! It looks wonderful.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCQ Baker

How much fun is that? What a great thing to serve to kids (big and little).

It looks fabulous Elle! I'm glad that I could provide a little electricity for your light bulb. :) I'm happy to see that you went with Alton's recipe. I got the craving for the avocado ice cream after watching him make it. I swear he is the only reason that I still watch the Food Network. Best of luck in the Joust sweetie....you know that you've got my vote!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

just love the idea of avocado ice cream, will be giving this a CHURN!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthecatskillkiwi

I can NOT believe you did guacamole ice cream! I just made an AVOCADO CHEESECAKE!! Mind MELLLLLDDDD!!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBMoreSweet

Ok, that is so cool. Going to be a hard one to beat!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkat

What did it taste like or similar too? And did your kids like it?

That is a very creative idea....good luck!
~ingrid

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid

Guacamole ice cream - how cool, I'm completely impressed!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKerstin

That's awesome! I wouldn't mind a bowl of that right now. :)

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Now that is CREATIVE! After she got over her gross-out your daughter must have been pretty impressed by her innovative mom :-)

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy - Panini Happy

This is creative Elle! Very interesting! Good on ya!

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Ergül

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April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMindy Walz

I've never tasted avocado ice-cream but it sure looks great!

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

elle, if you don't win the joust this time around, i'll pitch a fit. this is, hands down, the most clever, inventive, and completely delicious creation i've seen for ages. just brilliant.

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Wow! That's really pretty. I feel like I've been seeing a lot of sweet avocado recipes around the web, but I'm a little nervous to try one out...

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremiglia

beautifully done and I never heard of the joust. However, I immediately went over and signed up.

Now my poor brain is hurty from thinking of red, green, and white.

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

That's so cute! I bet avocado lends itself fantastically to the creamy texture of ice cream.

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranna

Fun fun! I've been wanting to try avocado ice cream too, and this would totally mess with people who are afraid of avocado in dessert.

Allen, lettergirl, Liz, Lori, ttfn, Fiona--thank you so much!

Sandy--it's totally on now! Even though it's 49 and rainy right now, hehe!

Dawn--thanks, sweetie!

Maria--I hope your dad loves this as much as we do!

Just Eat--I had always wanted to try it, so glad I did. Doesn't taste like avocados, just slightly sweet and so creamy good.

CQ--I hope you'll give it a try.

Catherine and CatskillKiwi--thank you!

Michele, my muse--thanks so much!

BMore--I need to check out this cheesecake, Wonder Twin! ;-)

Kat--thank you!

Ingrid--it doesn't taste like avocados, but it's a mild, sweet flavor. Not like vanilla, but it has a great fresh taste. The kids thought it was ok, but don't like coconut. *rolls eyes*

Kirsten, Bob, Kathy and Mes Ergul--thanks, guys!

Mindy, Mary, Grace, emiglia--thank you! emiglia--give it a try, you'll be amazed how great it tastes.

Jeff--so glad you signed up. See you over there!

Anna--the creamy avocados fit right in, for sure!

Brittany--yes, it would! But it's green, so you'd have to come up with an excuse for that. Pistachio? hehe

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElle

Now avocado ice cream. what's next an avocado shake with condensed milk. That's just crazy!

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM

That is VERY creative!! And it looks delicious! I LOVE avocados and I am sure the creamy texture enhanced the creaminess of ice cream! I am beyond impressed!

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

This is an awesome idea... I LOVE it!!! And I'm happy to hear it tastes good too. Definitely need to find an occasion to make this!

Sues

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWe Are Not Martha

If this isn't creative, I don't know what is. Seriously! It's so pretty -- but you know I'm partial to green things. I'm wondering what it would be like without the mint...Avocados are the food of the gods as far as I'm concerned and I eat them right out of the shell with a big spoon. I need to make this!

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkellypea

What a cute idea! I would think it was pistachio ice cream at first glance. How did it taste?

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHillary

How genuis is that! I saw it on your twitter background and had to come investigate to see what it was. Looks so yummy! I too thought it might have been pistachio at first. Does it taste like avocado?

Reminds me of one of those april fools day food pranks. Like the pound cake french fries with strawberrie jam instead of ketchup.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ goodLife {eats}

That is one seriously original concept! I love it!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Truly Brilliant!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLara

That is the coolest darn ice cream I've ever seen Elle!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Peanut Butter Boy

Wait...so what did it taste like? I can't quite comprehend the idea of avocado ice cream and need some serious feedback. It looks pretty though, love those strawberries in there. And I love that you use your mother's shortbread recipes - I love recipes that come with history behind them :)

What a neat presentation! It really does look like guacomole. I am definitely going to try making this ice cream. Thanks for the idea!

BTW, I'm following you on twitter.

gardengnome1 on twitter

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMom's Cafe Home Cooking

Erin, Sues--thankk you!

Kelly--I think it would be fine without the mint. I was trying to echo the cilantro--but it's not necessary.

Hillary--thank you! It tastes very mild, slightly sweet. Not smack in your face avocado, for sure. If I didn't know what it was, I'd have to guess. It's also refreshing and light.

Katie--thank you! For the taste? See above, hehe.

Peter, Lara, Nick--thanks guys!

Laura--thank you! For flavor description--see above note to Hillary. :)

gardengnome--thank you! Following you back. :)

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElle

I love avocado ice cream. Filipinos have a thing for avocado based desserts :)

April 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJude

Your're a freak - you know that already? lol

This reminds me of Spumoni..love the concept, adore ice cream, we all scream for Elle's ice cream!

April 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeter M

Fabulous presentation! I don't know if I'll making the ice cream, unique though! But...I love shortbread and will definitely try your mom's recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercantbelieveweate

Really beautiful and so unusual! I love the presentation!

Cheers,

Rosa

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRosa's Yummy Yums

Fun recipe! my kids would love this.

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

This is just super amazing!

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChantal

Holy Guacamole Elle! I thought for sure I had already commented on this - I was just coming over to see how many more comments you got an realized there wasn't one from me yet. Terrible.

Anyway, I love this concept, I have also always wanted to try avocado ice cream, and I can imagine how creamy it must be with the fatty avocado in it! This was truly unique and inspired! Very fantastic Joust entry! :)

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