In our first guide for cooking with avocado oil we discovered how to grill, fry, bake and prepare the most delicious salad dressings with avocado oil. Today we’ll complete our guide with some useful tips for preparing pastas and soups, but also you will learn how to garnish with this delicious and healthy oil. So, start taking notes.
Cooking pasta with avocado oil
When it comes to Italian pasta, oil based sauces are a must. Most people choose olive oil for preparing these recipes, however cooking with avocado oil is by far a better option. Oil based pasta sauces require high temperatures during their preparation; which means you need an oil of high smoke point, like Avocado Oil (400°F). Avocado oil can replace olive oil in any Italian pasta recipe, from a simple Spaghetti Aglio e Olio to an elaborated Linguine with Seafood.
Another exquisite way of cooking pasta with avocado oil is to choose a variety that contains chia seeds. Avocado oil with chia seeds is ideal for preparing pasta sautés with vegetables and proteins. Besides incorporating all the vitamins, minerals and exquisite flavor of two superfoods in your sauté, you’ll also create a beautiful garnish.
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Preparing soups with Avocado Oil
Preparing soups is one of the easiest ways of cooking with avocado oil. All you have to do is to drizzle avocado oil on top of your favorite soup and wait until its delicious flavor starts seeping through. Choose any avocado oil that is macerated or flavored with garlic, chili or herbs. For mexican or korean soups go for an avocado oil macerated with chili peppers. If you rather prefer a creamy soup, choose an avocado oil with herbs to decorate your dish and enhance its flavor.
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Garnishing with avocado oil
Garnishing is an art in itself. There are as many garnishing methods as there are recipes in the world. The good news is that, if you cook with avocado oil, you’ll have an incredible ally to simplify that process. Here we have two delicious garnishing ideas:
Caramelize fruits and veggies with avocado oil
You can literally caramelize any fruit or vegetable you like with avocado oil; from bananas and lemons to onions and asparagus. Caramelization is all about bringing out the rich flavor of natural sugars in veggies and fruits, until they obtain a beautiful brown color. You just have to slice or chop your chosen fruit or vegetable and place it in a very hot skillet with avocado oil.
Caramelize veggies like bell peppers, carrots and asparagus with avocado oil for garnishing roasted chicken and beef. You can either create a bed of caramelized veggies or design a side dish. Add fresh thyme or parsley on top of your caramelized veggies for extra appeal. Caramelized onions are another delicious garnish. Use them for decorating and enhancing the flavor of your favorite sandwiches and burgers.
If you want to experiment with caramelized fruits, use an avocado oil flavored with lemons and orange oils. Try caramelized fruits with seafood or desserts. In the case of seafood, use slices of caramelized citrus fruits like lemons and oranges or try with caramelized bananas. These are a classic in South and Central America. If you prefer a dessert, you will love topping a piece of homemade cake with your favorite caramelized fruits. Serve it with vanilla ice cream and voilà!
Create a colorful avocado oil garnish
This is an easy, yet beautiful way of garnishing any dish. A colorful avocado oil garnish works perfectly for soups, main courses and desserts. The process is simple. Choose 250gr of any vegetable of intense color, like beetroots, carrots or basil and boil until cooked. Place the vegetable in a food processor with 4 tablespoons of avocado oil. Pour the mix in a squeeze bottle and garnish your dish.
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