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Recipe of the Week: Avocado, Tomato and Manchego Bruschetta

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Summer is on its way, which means you’ll be throwing al fresco dinner parties very soon. Planning a dinner party is exciting, but it can also be stressful. You have to think about drinks, appetizers, the entrée, side dishes and dessert along with table decorations and place settings. Guests love to be greeted with a drink in one hand and an appetizer in the other, which is why we’ve created this easy and delicious bruschetta recipe that uses our wonderful avocado oil.

 

This recipe, created by Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites, is a variation of the traditional Catalan tapa, Pan con Tomate (Tomato Toast) and the popular avocado toast. Made in the La Mancha region of Spain, Manchego is a sheep’s cheese aged between 60 days and two years. It can only be made using the whole milk of sheep of the Manchega breed that are raised on registered farms within a designated area. Trust us, your guests will leave raving about it!

 

Ingredients:

1 baguette

2 large garlic cloves, halved crosswise

2 ripe tomatoes

2 avocados, mashed

½ pound Manchego cheese

AVOCARE Extra Virgin Garlic or Chipotle Avocado Oil for drizzling

sea salt

 

To make the bruschetta:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut the bread into ½-inch thick slices, lightly brush with AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil and toast, 8 to 10 minutes, until light golden brown.
  3. Remove bread from oven and rub garlic over the hot toast.
  4. Cut the tomatoes in half and rub the open face of the tomatoes into the bread slices until the flesh is gone. Discard the skins.
  5. Smear about two tablespoons of avocado over each prepared toast. Grate the cheese over the avocado. Lightly drizzle with your AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil of choice, sprinkle with sea salt and serve.

 

Serves 6

 

What is your favorite appetizer to make for dinner parties? Leave us a comment below.

Behind The Scenes: How We Make AVOCARE Avocado Oil

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It may seem impossible to get oil out of an avocado and into a bottle, but it’s actually not as complicated as you might think. At least not to us, but we’ve been doing this for a long time. Here at AVOCARE it’s our mission to provide high quality, nutrient-dense and versatile avocado oil to consumers that is completely pure and unrefined. We want our customers to have peace of mind, which is why put so much care into creating our avocado oil. Making our customers happy is our number one priority!


The extraction process for AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil starts with an avocado variety known as Haas that is left to ripen on the tree for 12-18 months. It’s only when the avocados are ripe that they are handpicked by our hardworking employees. Our dedication to creating the highest quality avocado oil doesn’t stop there. In order to ensure that we only use the best avocados, we go through all of the avocados we’ve picked and hand select the ones that will make the tastiest avocado oil possible. After this process, the avocados are taken to extraction where the pit and skin are removed. The silky, green pulp then goes through one cold-press process with the temperature kept at a steady 45°C that gently grinds and separates the oil to preserve all of the fruit’s nutritious properties and retain its delicious avocado essence.


What makes AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil different from many of the other brands is that we only press our avocado oil once to claim extra virgin status, meaning it is unrefined with absolutely no chemicals and is 100% natural. It’s our goal to provide you with the best avocado oil you can find.


What have you been cooking with AVOCARE Avocado Oil? We’d love to hear!

Recipe of the Week: Herb Rubbed Brisket with Mustard Horseradish Sauce and Cauliflower Mash

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Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net/JamesBarker

 

The mild taste of AVOCARE Avocado Oil partnered with fresh herbs really enhances the natural flavor of this wonderful brisket recipe by Maite Gomez-Rejon, founder of ArtBites. We cook with herbs every chance we get because they are a fresh and healthy way to add delicious flavors to any dish. For centuries, fresh herbs have been thought to contain magical powers. Sage was carried to promote wisdom; thyme was associated with purification; when placed under a pillow, rosemary was thought to protect the sleeper from harm. Horseradish was used during the Middle Ages to treat cough, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions. This recipe uses each of these herbs and even though it doesn’t work magical powers, we think you will love it!

 

Ingredients

For the brisket:

1 – 5 pound beef brisket, trimmed

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons natural avocado oil

2 yellow onions, diced

3 carrots, carrots, peeled and diced

3 celery stalks, peeled and diced

8 cloves garlic

1 cup parsley

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary

2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

1 tablespoon fresh sage

2 bay leaves

4 cups chicken broth

 

For the Mustard Horseradish Sauce:

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons sour cream

½ teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon salt

 

For the Cauliflower Mash:

2 heads cauliflower, cut into florets

2 to 3 tablespoons garlic avocado oil

½ to 1 cup chicken broth

salt and pepper

 

To make the brisket:

  1. Heat the oven to 325° F. Generously season the brisket all over with salt and pepper.
  2. Put the parsley, rosemary, thyme, and sage in a food processor and pulse to make a paste. Set aside.
  3. Place the avocado oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven or a large, heavy-bottomed pot with a tight fitting lid and heat over medium high heat. When hot, add the brisket and brown on both sides, about 12 minutes. Set aside and rub the herb paste all over the meat.
  4. Pour off all but about 3 tablespoons of fat from the pan, reduce the heat to medium and add the onions and garlic and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and cook until everything starts to caramelize, about 6 minutes.
  5. Pour the broth and the bay leaves into the pot and bring to a boil. Cook over high heat, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot, about 1 minute. Set the brisket in the center, fat side up. Bring to simmer, cover, transfer to the oven, and braise until fork tender, about 2 ½ to 3 hours.
  6. Carefully transfer the brisket to a cutting board and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes before slicing. Thinly slice against the grain and serve with Mustard Horseradish Sauce and Cauliflower Puree.

 

To make the Mustard Horseradish Sauce:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning.

 

To make the Cauliflower Mash:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° degrees F.
  2. Lay the cauliflower florets on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, toss with the basil avocado oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bake until caramelized, about 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a blender or food processor. Add ½ cup chicken broth and puree until smooth. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more broth. Taste, adjust seasoning and serve. This can also be done in two batches, depending on the size of your food processor.

Serves 6

What is your favorite recipe that uses herbs? Let us know below!

 

 

Let’s Compare Cooking Oils

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We may be a little biased when we say that AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil is our favorite cooking oil, but the truth is every type of oil has its place in the kitchen. If we’re looking for a certain flavor, sometimes it’s essential that we grab another type of oil, such as coconut or olive. Different kinds of oils have different smoke points so each of them are better equipped for certain uses. If you’re looking to learn more about the many uses of various cooking oils, refer to the chart below for some great info and cooking tips:

 

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Avocado Oil Hair Mask Recipe

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On previous blog posts we’ve focused on how great avocado oil is for cooking, but did you know it can also be used as a beauty product? Whether it is used as a makeup remover, hair conditioner or skin moisturizer, avocado oil can be a natural alternative to chemical-laden beauty products. One of our favorite ways to incorporate avocado oil into our beauty regimen is to whip it into a mask that hydrates hair making it look shiny and silky for days.

 

AVOCARE’s Avocado Oil Hair Mask

 

– 1 ½ tablespoons of AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil

– ½ tablespoons of honey

– 1 egg

 

  1. Mix together ingredients and cover hair completely.
  2. Leave in for 10 minutes then rinse.
  3. Shampoo and condition as normal.
  4. Enjoy your luscious hair!

 

Have you used avocado oil as a beauty product? Let us know by leaving a comment below.