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Grilled Avocados

In my opinion, Memorial day is the real kick off to summer.  And what better way to start summer then a BBQ, am I right?  I had the pleasure of being invited over to my friend Eliza’s parents house for a BBQ.  I offered (perhaps begged?) to bring a side dish that I had been DYING to make.  When I mentioned I would be making grilled avocados stuffed with black bean salsa I got a few funny looks.  I promised the group great things were to come and hopped for the best!
 
 
Black Bean Salsa:
 
1 can black beans
1 small onion
1 medium size tomato (or 2 small)
2 Limes
Cilantro
a splash or two of your favorite hot sauce
 
Rinse and drain the black beans and place in a bowl.  Mince the cilantro and dice the tomato and onions,  combine with black beans.  Take the juice of your two limes and mix with a splash or two of your favorite hot sauce, I used Captain Mowatt.  Combine the liquids in the bowl with other ingredients and allow to marinade for 2-3 hours to really brings out the flavors! 
 
Cut your avocados in half and remove the pit.  Generously apply extra virgin olive oil with a basting brush.  We didn’t have a brush handy so I just jumped right in and massaged the olive oil over the avocados (as an extra bonus my hands felt nice and moisturized!) 

Check out those claws!

Place the avocados “meat” side down on the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes (I only cooked for about 5 mins but the group conscientious was that they should have cook a bit longer!).  You can tell that they are almost done as the skin gets warm and starts to turn bright green.  As a side note it was suggested that these would be great cooked on a grill pan in the middle of winter when you are craving sometime a bit more summary and tropical! What a great idea!
 

Grill baby, Grill

Remove from the grill and fill with the black bean salsa.   
Although this was my only contribution to dinner the rest of the spread was so wonderful I just have to share the pictures with you sangria….steak….grilled vegetables….potato salad and Val’s blueberry and raspberry crisp!  
 
If this dinner was foreshadowing for what my summer has in store, then I am one lucky girl!
 
What is your favorite food to grill?
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