There are certain American dishes that feel so classic that they shouldn’t be messed with.
And yet…the essential ingredients in many of these recipes are easily switched out for — you guessed it — avocado. Mayonnaise, eggs, milk, butter — these are all ingredients we love. But if you don’t have them at hand, don’t worry! Avocado works really well in the place of any of these! Here are five classic American dishes that are transformed with avocado.
On the one hand, deviled eggs seem like a dish from the Tupperware era: somewhat dated, somewhat kitschy. On the other hand, deviled eggs are amazing! It’s no wonder they continue to make appearances at picnics and parties. Traditional deviled eggs are hard-boiled eggs, halved and then filled with the egg’s own yolk, which has been mixed into a creamy salad with mayonnaise, salt and pepper, and a sprinkle of paprika on top.
Avocado and Bacon Deviled Eggs trade in avocado for mayonnaise and because the fruit changes the filling’s color, everyone will be asking about your recipe.
Tuna salad is a summertime pleaser of a dish, whether it’s served on toast or atop salad greens. If you want to experiment with a new recipe, this avocado tuna salad is a great one to try.
As with the deviled eggs recipe, this tuna salad introduces avocados in the place of mayonnaise, and you can see how this works: Avocados are so creamy! Remember: Recipes are like road maps, and you can take detours! If you want to add more Mexican flair to this recipe, for example, you could trade the apples for equally crunchy jicama, or toss in finely chopped jalapeño.
You’re getting the idea: Almost any salad that uses mayonnaise as its binding agent can use avocado instead. Egg salad is no exception. This recipe combines eggs, avocados, Dijon mustard, and a handful of other ingredients in a simple preparation that’s delicious at breakfast or lunch, or even as a snack.
Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate American comfort food dish. The classic version blends flour with milk, butter, and shredded cheese. An updated version, and one that’s inspired by Mexico, adds lots of flavor with avocado, cilantro, onion, jalapeño, and lime. Try it, and you’ll see that this comfort food has been taken to a whole new level!