Growing up in Southern California, I was surrounded by avocados.
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 above. I 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?
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.
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!
Use salsa or soy sauce as a dip.
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!