We have a huge avocado tree in our backyard. So big when the avocados are ripe, there is no way even the most avid avocado eater can eat them all, or even a dozen avid avocado eaters. So, gotta find a way to eat them all so they don’t go to waste. I found this recipe in the back of a book about Hawaiian gardening. Here’s the story and recipe from a post a few years back:
ANYWAY, when we were in Hawaii, we were invited to an openhouse potluck (the site of the notorius dog attack). Outside our window was an avocado tree with lots of ripe avocados. And in a book I had just bought about gardening in Hawaii (hey, i _have_ to garden wherever I am, or at least fantasize about it) there was a recipe for Avocado Cream Pie.
Now you might say… “Yuck.. what?”, but hear me out…
When I was a kid growing up in Virginia, avocados were non-existent. One day my mom brought one home she wanted to try out, they were new ‘imports’ at the grocery store. I tasted it and thought it tasted something like the cross between butter and grass. Needless to say, I didn’t like it. But, having the sweet tooth I had, and knowing that sugar can make even coffee palatable if you add enough of it, I dipped a slice in sugar.
“Hey, not so bad” I thought to myself.
I didn’t have any more avocado till years later after we moved West to tornado and cowboy land (or so my teenage mind feared). I of course rarely divulged my secret desire for avocado & sugar, a sacrilege to most avocado lovers I’m sure.
But here I was confronted with a need for something for a pot-luck, a pile of ripe free avocados and a recipe for avocado cream pie.
Hey I thought, I’ll experiment on the poor souls. We’d probably not seem most the guests again.. and I could just well.. not own up to the pie.
Well, it wasn’t just liked, it was gone within 30 minutes. People were telling other people how they HAD to try it, that it was the best desert they’d had in years. People were shocked and pleased to find out they liked avocado as a desert (given that most of them have a avocado tree and a 1 ton supply of avocados for their family of 2 every year).
So, here it is:
Avocado Cream Pie *
4 medium avocados, peeled and mashed
1 8 oz package of softened cream cheese
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
juice of 1/2 lemon
Blend the ingredients till smooth. Pour into a prepared or bought graham cracker crust**
Cool for at least 1 1/2 hours in the refigerator. I like to freeze mine, like it better frozen
Garnish with sliced lemon avocado.
* Needless to say, this is NOT a diet food
**(crush about 2 cups graham crackers and mix with 1/4 cup sugar and 6 tablespoons butter, mold into 9 inch plate, bake at 350 for 8 minutes, let cool and refigerate)
You really should try it.