Grilled Avocados on Crusty Rosemary-Olive Bread

On one of our son’s visits home, he turned us on to this wonderfully easy and tasty side dish. Grilling softens the avocados. It also brings out the natural oils that make this fruit tasty and satisfying. When you spread the softened avocado on thick slices of grilled rosemary-olive bread, and add a couple of drops of fresh lime juice and a dash of salt, the combination simply can’t be beat.

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados (but not over ripe)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)

1 loaf of crusty rosemary-olive bread

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice Salt to taste

Directions:

Preheat the grill on medium to medium-high heat (about 400 degrees) for 10-15 minutes.

Cut avocados into quarters and discard pits. Do not peel off the skins. Brush avocados with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Grill avocado quarters on one side for 3 minutes. Turn onto other side and grill for 3 minutes more. Remove from grill and set aside.

Cut four thick slices from loaf. Brush one side of each piece of bread with the other tablespoon of oil. Grill on olive oil side for 3 minutes or until nice grill marks appear. (The bread should not be burned!) Remove from grill.

Let the grilled avocados fall out of their skins and into a medium mixing bowl. Discard the skins. Spread a thick schmear of avocado onto the grilled side of each piece of bread. Garnish each piece of bread with a few drops of fresh lime juice.

Sprinkle each piece of avocado-topped bread with a little salt, serve and enjoy!

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