Cream Cheese Avocado Wontons and a Fun #AvoAllStars Giveaway

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Growing up in Southern California, I was surrounded by avocados.

Avocados from Mexico

My grandmother had an avocado tree in her backyard, and we built a tree house in its branches. She would bring in the avocados that fell off the tree and set them on the window sill in her kitchen, where they’d sit until perfectly ripe. I can’t even imagine that window sill without an avocado on it!

When I was a teenager, my friends and I rode our horses almost daily through an avocado grove, giant avocados hanging from the branches above our heads and littering the trail beneath our horses’ feet…no one ever picked them, or nurtured this avocado grove. They just grew there.

The crazy thing is…I didn’t like avocados. I couldn’t stand them. I hated the texture. I thought they were gross.

When we moved to Texas, my husband would complain about how he missed the avocados that were so plentiful in California. I didn’t care. 

Until one day, after living in Texas for more than five years, he finally convinced me to try one. Even though it had been at least a decade since I last had an avocado, I was convinced I would still hate them.

I WAS WRONG.

Today, you’ll find me eating avocados every.chance.I.get. On everything, all the time. They are like a glorious nutty butter from the heavens aboveI can’t believe how many years of avocado-eating I wasted! They are like a glorious nutty butter from the heavens above.

Of course, I live in Texas now. Which means it’s no longer raining avocados. Instead, we buy Avocados from Mexico. Avocados have only 50 calories per one-ounce serving and provide nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making them incredibly healthy (this is why we chose avocados as our babies first foods!). And, they are available year-round…which makes them perfect for pretty much every event and holiday you could think of.

The next big event on my radar is the World Series. I grew up in a baseball family, and even though I won’t be able to root for the Rangers (or the Padres!), I know the World Series will be on in this house…and that we’ll want some fabulous foods to snack on while we’re watching the games.

So, I came up with something awesome. Cream Cheese Avocado Wontons, anyone?

Cream Cheese Avocado Wontons

What you need:

  • Package of wonton wrappers (we found these in the dairy section, but they can also be in the produce section of your grocery story…go figure)
  • 2 blocks of cream cheese
  • 1 bunch of cilantro (about 2/3 cup chopped)
  • 1 bunch of green onions (about 2/3 cup chopped)
  • Peanut or canola oil
  • Salsa or soy sauce (for dipping)
  • 2-3 avocados

How to make them:

Leave the cream cheese out for an hour or so to soften. Chop up the cilantro and green onions into itty-bitty pieces. Once the cream cheese is soft, use a mixer to combine the cream cheese, cilantro, and green onions (use fewer for a less intense taste). Slice an avocado into tiny little slices (maybe half as long as your pinky).

In the center of each wonton wrapper, place a small dollop of the cream cheese mixture and top with a slice of avocado. Dip your finger in water and trace two edges of the wonton wrapper (this helps it stay closed). Press the edges together so it forms a triangle. 

Avocado Wonton Wrapper

It’s already looking tasty, right?!

Once you’ve made all your wontons (you will be able to get 30 – or more – out of this recipe), you can start frying them. You guys – this is the first time (EVER) that I’ve fried anything. If I can do it, you can do it (my mom, the Wonton Queen, gave me some pointers, and I’ll share those with you).

Make sure you have at least an inch of oil in your sauce pan. You will also need a NON-plastic device for flipping them and removing them from the oil. You can test the oil to see if it’s hot enough by tearing up a wonton wrapper and tossing it in the oil – when it floats, bubbles, and turns crispy in a matter of seconds, you’re good to go.

Place a few wontons in the oil and flip them after just a few seconds. Remove them and place them on a paper towel. You’ll get into a rhythm…they fry super quickly and before you know it, you’ll have a bunch of delicious Cream Cheese Avocado Wontons to enjoy!

Avocado inside wonton

So. Delicious. I’m still in shock that these came from my kitchen.

Use salsa or soy sauce as a dip.

Wonton dipped in salsa

Salsa is tasty AND goes well with avocado!

With this recipe, I’m not sure I really care who wins the World Series. I’m just excited about making more Cream Cheese Avocado Wontons!

Want a little help making something awesome with Avocados from Mexico? Here’s a coupon from Avocado AllStars for a free 10 ounce Ro*Tel when you buy three Avocados from Mexico. And while you’re downloading your coupon, be sure to enter the Avocado All Star sweepstakes for the chance to win a $5,000 grocery gift card (think of all the avocados you could buy…).  Sweepstakes ends October 31st. Go to AvocadoAllStars.com, and also join in the #AvoAllStars conversation on Twitter.

But that’s not all! I’m also giving away the fun Avocado swag you see below:

Avocado Giveaway

 One lucky winner will receive:

  • (1) Sur La Table “Batter Up” Silicone Spatula
  • (1) OXO 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
  • (1) I ♥ Avocado T-Shirt
  • (1) Avocados From Mexico-branded USB loaded with recipes
  • Giveaway value is $45

For lots of delicious avocado recipes, be sure to check out AvocadosfromMexico.com!

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Comments

  1. Elayna Spruill says

    I like making a [Bananacados protein smoothie].

    *1 Slimcado Avocado (Bigger than regular ones)
    *1Banana
    *1 Scoop of Unflavored Protein Powder
    *A Couple Fresh Spinach Leaves
    *1 Scoop of KALE (Fresh Raw Freeze-Dried) ORGANIC POWDER
    *Ice and Water

    • carrie says

      I had to google Slimcado! Sounds amazing…I have an avocado and bananas in the house (and spinach) – I might try a variation of this later today actually.

    • carrie says

      I also started eating them by replacing things like mayo in sandwiches with avocado…healthier and the texture isn’t as intense when it’s replacing something already kind of slimy and mixed with all the other stuff in a sandwich!

  2. Stephanie F. says

    Guacamole is one of my all-time favorite foods. I eat as a meal, not just as an appetizer. As a matter of fact, I’m making some tonight!

  3. Kristen Coronado says

    I love avocados with shrimp and tomatoes. It is so delicous! I also like it just with a little bit of salt

  4. Julie Wood says

    I’m still learning to like avocados. But I love them in guacamole. My husband loves them plain with salt or any other way you could think of!

  5. Amanda Rauch says

    I love avocados any way!! Plain, in a dip, on top of a mexican dish. It doesn’t matter to me-I love them all ways!!

  6. tiffany ibarra says

    I am rather new to avacados so I have not tried them in too many dishes. I love a fresh guac with lots of lime and I eat them on salads and sandwiches/burgers often.

  7. Emi says

    I purchase prechopped pico de gallo at the store and mix and avocado in that and either use it as dip or a sandwich spread.

  8. Melanie says

    I love my avocados in guacamole or on sandwiches or in smoothies or… hmmm… I love them in almost anything!:-)

  9. Dorothy Teel says

    I had some avocados the other day at El Chico that were fried in batter was good, but I really like them best on BLAT sandwiches, YUMMY

  10. Deb C says

    Of course I love fresh guacamole but I also love avocado slices on grilled chicken sandwiches and with grilled steaks.

  11. Mya Murphy says

    Love em so much, I could eat em plain… love it on Mexican, burgers, some chicken dishes… ahhhh avocados rock my world!!

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