Let the harvesting begin! This year we tried a couple of new crops in the garden; Eggplant and Brussels Sprouts. I did not realize that eggplants are pretty finicky, they need perfect soil to sun and water ratio. I garden but I am not a gardener. I really don’t have the time or the patience to cater to plants that need coddling. I have pretty good luck with most plants, though this year no zucchini; so sad!!! But you should see my cabbages and I have already canned a dozen jars of pickles from my cucumbers. Today I am going to try, for the first time mind you, to make my own sauerkraut.
I planted the Brussels sprouts mainly because they look really cool; my guys were not thrilled because they knew if they grew, we would be eating them. I hate wasting food which is why I am making sauerkraut. We planted 6 cabbages and they were all HUGE, I gave a couple away to family but that still leaves more than we can eat in a sitting plus they all came at once. I really should learn how to stagger plantings I guess that would be the non-gardener part of me. Did I also mention that the plants are making a bunch of mini cabbages?
To go along with my hate wasting food mantra I had some very ripe avocados that I needed to use up before they went bad. I didn’t want to make guacamole like I usually do. I had taken fish out and have always wanted to try making avocado fries. Fish and Chips with a healthier chip sounded kind of cool. They were baked not fried and had a little dipping sauce that wasn’t ketchup; we do love trying something a little different.
Baked Avocado Fries
1 avocado – sliced into fry lengths sized fries
1 cup flour
1 egg beaten
1 cup dried breadcrumbs
2 tbs grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Fresh cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 450’
In 3 shallow bowls, I normally use a pie plates but these take out containers were just fine here. Flour in one, egg in another and bread crumbs in the third; season all with salt and pepper! Gently press avocado into the flour shaking off excess, dip into beaten egg and press into the bread crumbs. Place on a baking sheet once all placed, sprinkle with Parmigiano cheese. Bake in a preheated oven until cheese has melted and the fries are golden brown, about 15 minutes.
3 tbs sour cream
2 tbs garlic powder
1 tbs tomatillo salsa – or use what you have on hand – I used salsa I had in the fridge
1 dash Sriracha or similar, or more to your liking
In a small bowl stir all ingredients together mixing thoroughly