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12 Unexpected Ways To Up Your Avocado Game

New ways to satisfy your insatiable avocado craving.

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1. Make avocado toast even hipper by using pickled avocado.

thekitchn.com

Transform hard avocados into tender, flavor-packed pickles perfect for topping burgers, toasts, and tacos with. Get the recipe here.

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2. Make them the star of the barbecue.

food52.com

Move over brisket because avocados are the new grilling go-to. Grilling them adds a smokey flavor and unbeatable char that screams summer. Get the recipe here.

3. Turn them into a surprising summertime cocktail.

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http://www.cookrepublic.com/avocado-and-lime-margarita/?utm_content=buffer5a05a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer

If your margarita is made with healthy fats, it cancels out the tequila, right? Get the recipe here.

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4. Turn them into crispy fries.

http://www.dinneratthezoo.com/avocado-fries/
http://www.dinneratthezoo.com/avocado-fries/

Avocado fries may sound weird, but with their crispy crust and creamy inside, pan-fried avocado slices are totally delicious. Get the recipe here.

5. Marinate them for extra flavor.

http://cafejohnsonia.com/2013/02/quick-tip-marinating-avocados.html
http://cafejohnsonia.com/2013/02/quick-tip-marinating-avocados.html

Marinate avocados for just 15 minutes in olive oil, lime, and salt to give them a boost of bright flavor. Get the recipe here.

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6. Turn them into a frozen treat.

healingandeating.com

Avocado provides a silky base in this better-for-you ice cream made with only three ingredients (avocado, honey, and coconut milk). Get the recipe here.

7. Smoke 'em.

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Yep, you heard that right. Avocados can (and should) be smoked. Although a bit of a project, the smokey payoff is well worth it. Get the recipe here.

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8. Make a creamy (and guilt-free) pasta sauce.

jocooks.com

Throw avocado, herbs, nuts, and cheese into a blender to make the creamiest pesto you've ever had. Get the recipe here.

9. Turn them into a salad dressing.

https://wholefully.com/creamy-avocado-vinaigrette/
https://wholefully.com/creamy-avocado-vinaigrette/

Avocado emulsifies dressings and gives them a creamy texture without having to use mayonnaise or yogurt. Get the recipe here.

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10. Broil them to add another dimension of flavor.

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Place half an avocado (pit removed) under a broiler for just a few minutes to give it a beautifully charred crust and deep flavor.

11. Take your soup to the next level.

aseasyasapplepie.com

Swapping cream for avocado in soup achieves the same silky texture without using any dairy. Get the recipe here.

12. Turn them into a flavorful compound butter.

http://cookingontheweekends.com/2011/07/avocado-butter-recipe/
http://cookingontheweekends.com/2011/07/avocado-butter-recipe/

Spread this butter over grilled corn, toasts, or toss it with summer vegetables to add instant flavor to any recipe. Get the recipe here.

Avocados are so much more than guacamole. Now, go stock up and get cooking!

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