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Southwest Avocado Crostini

Southwest Avocado Crostini - A tasty 5-minute appetizer!

So seriously, when I told you I was obsessed with avocados, I wasn’t kidding.

I. seriously. can’t. stop. eating. them.

How could something that’s technically a fruit (but everybody thinks is a vegetable) taste so decadent, yet be so good for you? Seriously, nature’s butter. Perfect for it’s bread spread-ability. So this recipe is like bread and [nature's] butter.

One of the easiest appetizers in the world is grilled baguette. Brush it with a bit of olive oil, and throw it on an outdoor  grill or indoor grill pan until it’s toasty and crunchy. Eat it as is, sprinkle it with herbs and spices, rub it with a clove of raw garlic, or mash avocado onto it. Because I love the combination of something smooth with something crunchy, I decided that the generous amount of smooth avocado here would stand up to two crunchy items – both the grilled bread and some mixed nuts. A five-minute appetizer that tastes like a million bucks!

Southwest Avocado Crostini - A tasty 5-minute appetizer!

Southwest Avocado Crostini

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Yield: Makes 12 crostini

Southwest Avocado Crostini

Ingredients

  • 1/2 whole grain baguette, sliced diagonally 1/4-inch-thick (about 12 pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/3 cup Naturebox Salsa Spiced Nut Mix, or other mixed nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat outdoor grill or grill pan for direct grilling over medium heat. Brush both sides of baguette pieces with oil. Grill 30 seconds to 1 minute per side or until lightly browned. Immediately after bread comes off grill, rub 1 side with garlic clove.
  2. Scoop about 1 tablespoon avocado flesh onto each crostini; mash and spread with fork.
  3. Sprinkle crostini with Salsa Spiced Nut Mix and squeeze lemon juice over crostini. Serve immediately.

This recipe originally appeared here on the Naturebox blog

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If you like the sound of a Salsa Spiced Nut Mix (so delicious), you may want to give Naturebox a try (and then make these avocado crostini!). If so, click here and use the code “FOXES10″ at checkout to receive $10 off your first box!

14 Responses to “Southwest Avocado Crostini”

  1. Angela @JoyouslyDomestic — June 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Hi, Lori. It’s me – Angela from over at Joyously Domestic. Here it is 12:33 in the morning and I was browsing through your site. These Avocado Crostini are calling my name. Seriously … I, too, ADORE avocados. And bread. And nuts. And, well, this kinda hits all of those notes, so I am, literally, drooling and wishing I had these right now to dive into. I hadn’t heard of that brand of nuts … I will have to check them out! And, as always … beautiful photos! (I am now reminded even more of why I need to take the plunge and make the investment into a better camera!) :)
    HAPPY FRIDAY! Have a great weekend!

    Reply

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 21st, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

      Haha, nothing like staying up too late reading other blogs, right? I do that pretty much all the time.

      The nuts are from Naturebox, which is a monthly snack subscription service. However, these crostini would be great just using some mixed nuts, and then maybe tossing the nuts with chili powder, paprika, cumin, and a little bit of cayenne before sprinkling them on the crostini. That would kind of replicate the “southwest” flavor of the Naturebox ones.

      Happy Friday to you!!

      • Angela @ JoyouslyDomestic replied: — June 21st, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

        Thanks for the suggestion about the nuts! And, yes … I regularly get sucked into blog reading and Pinterest browsing at all hours of the night. Good thing I am a night owl by nature! :)

  2. joan — June 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Ha I know exactly what you mean about being obsessed with avocado.

    Reply

  3. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — June 26, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I´m eating avocado on toast like crazy too! With pesto or pistachio oil, or just lemon and salt. This one looks like a wonderful idea Lori!

    Reply

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 26th, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

      Thanks Paula! Another favorite of mine is just avocado, with a sprinkling of red pepper flakes and Maldon salt. Ohhhh yeahhh!

  4. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — June 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I´m eating avocado on toast like crazy too! With pesto or pistachio oil, or just lemon and salt. This one looks like a wonderful idea Lori!

    Reply

  5. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Thanks Paula! Another favorite of mine is just avocado, with a sprinkling of red pepper flakes and Maldon salt. Ohhhh yeahhh!

    Reply

  6. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — August 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I know, it’s addictive!

    Reply

  7. Angela @ JoyouslyDomestic — August 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion about the nuts! And, yes … I regularly get sucked into blog reading and Pinterest browsing at all hours of the night. Good thing I am a night owl by nature!
    :)

    Reply

  8. joan — August 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Ha I know exactly what you mean about being obsessed with avocado.

    Reply

  9. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — August 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Haha, nothing like staying up too late reading other blogs, right? I do that pretty much all the time.

    The nuts are from Naturebox, which is a monthly snack subscription service. However, these crostini would be great just using some mixed nuts, and then maybe tossing the nuts with chili powder, paprika, cumin, and a little bit of cayenne before sprinkling them on the crostini. That would kind of replicate the “southwest” flavor of the Naturebox ones.

    Happy Friday to you!!

    Reply

  10. Angela @JoyouslyDomestic — August 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Hi, Lori. It’s me – Angela from over at Joyously Domestic. Here it is 12:33 in the morning and I was browsing through your site. These Avocado Crostini are calling my name. Seriously … I, too, ADORE avocados. And bread. And nuts. And, well, this kinda hits all of those notes, so I am, literally, drooling and wishing I had these right now to dive into. I hadn’t heard of that brand of nuts … I will have to check them out! And, as always … beautiful photos! (I am now reminded even more of why I need to take the plunge and make the investment into a better camera!) :)
    HAPPY FRIDAY! Have a great weekend!

    Reply

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