Saturday, November 9, 2013

Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Oven Fries—Easy, Fun and Healthy Entertaining Recipe



Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Oven Fries

Cheesecake Factory is one of my favorite restaurants to dine out.  If you haven’t check out my Brown Wheat Bread (Cheesecake Factory Style) recipe, you’re missing out.  (Simply click here for the recipe)  A while ago, I tried one of their appetizers and fell in love right the way.  Yup, they have these Portobello Mushrooms and Avocado Fries on the menu.  Who would think of turning mushrooms and avocados into fries, right?  I think they are genius!   

Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Oven Fries

But you might already know, I don’t like deep frying in my kitchen.  Not only that uses lots of oil, but also means lots of left over oil.  I hate to see ingredients go to waste. Plus, I’m sure all of you would appreciate some healthier snack options around the holidays, right?  These oven fries are also much easier to prepare than heating up a pot of oil to deep fry.  Most importantly, you’ll feel much better after enjoying these fries.  They are so addictive that you won’t be able to stop at just one.


Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Oven Fries

These oven fries has a super crispy crust, which contrast really well with the meaty and creamy textures of the mushroom and avocado.  What gives these oven fries that super crispy and crunchy crust?  The Panko bread crumbsPanko bread crumbs are the Japanese version of bread crumbs that are super flaky.  You can see through from the package in the picture below that the crumbs are much bigger in size than the regular bread crumbs.  The panko is light and crunchy, perfect for oven-fries in my opinion.  I combine the panko with some parmesan cheese to make the coating more flavorful with a hint of nuttiness.  That compliment well with the earthy flavor from the Portobello mushrooms and mild, yet creamy avocado as well.


Panko

Still remember my Homemade Ketchup recipe?  Oh yeah, the Homemade Ketchup is perfect for these Portobello and avocado fries!

Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Oven Fries

You can hear the crunch when you bite into the fries.  The Portobello mushroom is so meaty and juicy at the same time.  So good, and so addictive.

Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Oven Fries

The avocado fries are equally good. Imagine slightly cheesy crust, along with the mild and creamy avocado inside. 

Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Oven Fries

Oh my…these are simply divine.  With the Roasted Garlic Mayo as a dipping sauce, I can definitely make these fries a meal!  If you find yourself finishing the whole batch without sharing, you’ll then remember I’ve already warned you in this post.  Did I mention addictive?  

Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Oven Fries

Are you ready to see how they are prepared?  Please, follow me to the kitchen.

1) Cut the Portobello mushrooms and avocado into 1/2-inch strips.
2) In a shallow dish, whisk together the flour, salt and pepper.  
3) Gently  toss the mushrooms and avocado in the flour mixture.  Coat evenly and shake off any excess flour (work on a few pieces at a time). 
4) In another shallow dish, lightly beat the eggs.  Then, dip the floured fries into the eggs, drip of any excess eggs.
5) In the third shallow dish, combine the panko and the Parmesan together.  Then, place the fries into the panko mixture.  Gently press the panko mixture onto the mushrooms and avocados. 
6) Place the fries onto the wire rack, leaving an 1/8-inch space between each fry.  Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.  Serve with Homemade Ketchup and Roasted Garlic Mayo.

Pictorial

Pretty simple, right?  If you want to get your Kids to eat more veggies, these fries certainly will do the trick.  Your Kids will be happy to devour these Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Oven Fries in no time!   These fries are great as appetizers for any party or celebration.  You can even make them ahead and reheat them in a 350 F degree oven for a few minutes before the guests arrive.  I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and pictorial.  Stay tuned for more easy entertaining recipes.


Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Oven Fries


P.S.  I love these Wire Cone Baskets for the fries.  They are fun and festive.   Not only they are good for fries but also wonderful for serving bread sticks and onions rings.  If you’re interested to check out the product, please click here.  Have fun baking.






Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Oven Fries:
(Printable Recipe)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 large eggs
2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 large Portobello mushrooms, cut into 1/2-inch strips
2 avocados, cut into 1/2-inch strips

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  Place a wire rack onto a large baking sheet lined with foil. 
In a shallow dish, whisk together the flour, salt and pepper.   In another shallow dish, lightly beat the eggs.  In the third shallow dish, combine the panko and the Parmesan together. 

Gently  toss the mushrooms and avocado in the flour mixture.  Coat evenly and shake off any excess flour (work on a few pieces at a time).  Then, dip the floured fries into the eggs, drip of any excess eggs and then place them into the panko mixture.  Gently press the panko mixture onto the mushrooms and avocados.
Place the fries onto the wire rack, leaving an 1/8-inch space between each fry.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.  Serve with Homemade Ketchup and Roasted Garlic Mayo.

34 comments:

  1. Great oven-fried version, Amy!! I can't resist Cheesecake Factory once in a while too!

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  2. Amy, I don't know what amazes me more: frying mushrooms and avocado in panko or "frying" them in the oven. Such a light alternative! (I don't deep-fry often but whenever I do, I reuse the oil three times or until it changes the colour; I filter it after each use).

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  3. Never tried avocado fries but will definitely have to. Was laughing reading your blog post I haven't read anything as enthusiastic in ages and am convinced your keyboard must be covered in drool....just as mine is at the thought of these treats.

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  4. Hi Amy , Love portobello mushrooms , I never had avocado fries , but I will now , thanks you for sharing ").

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  5. Oh my...Amy this is amazing! I love love both but never tried this version...fantastic recipe. Will try this as soon as I get some panko crumbs. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend dear!

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  6. Lovely presentation and such amazing fries

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  7. Sorprendente la receta y la presentación maravillosa,abrazos.

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  8. Now if I could only get some Panko around here I would try to make these straight away - they look delicious!

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  9. Pretty, Crispy and Yummy!!!! I love them :)

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  10. Gosh, these look wonderful! Great combo of flavors, and they look terrific. Truly good stuff - thanks.

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  11. A perfect snack for parties. They look so crisp and good. Panko is the greatest thing, can't live with out it.

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  12. These sound great, what a lovely idea.

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  13. this looks so good wish i had some right now

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  14. I've had avocado fries-but they were fried! these look sinful and aren't. Can't wait to make them!

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  15. Fantastic and crunchy recipe.
    We love it.
    Regards and happy week.

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  16. We love Cheesecake Factory too - they have so many great options to choose from :) I love the sound of these baked avocado and mushroom fries - they look incredible and super crispy! Can't wait to try these, thanks for sharing Amy :)

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  17. This looks wonderful. I love to get those wire cone basket. Your table-scape is so cute!

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  18. Wow, these sound awesome!!! I would never think you could "fry" an avocado. Such a great idea :)

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  19. Oven fries sound great without having to deep fry in a lot of oil. I guess they taste great too. I like to eat avocado but never avocado fries. Wonder how they taste as fries.

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  20. Sounds preety damn good!
    i never fried avocado before, tempting to try!
    i can barely hear the crunch over here.....

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  21. OMG it looks soooooooo divine! :) I'm addicted to your blog now haha

    Check out my blog post...one of my fav. recipes

    Have a great day

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - The Swedish home decor blog

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  22. I’ve had fried, breaded avocado & pickles in a burger one time - it was pretty tasty! It’s nice to use any sorts of vegetables and make them into tasty fries with homemade condiments - but I still love my french fries (potato!)

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  23. I had portobello fries in a restaurant once. They were good, but a bit greasy. Your oven version will be so much better and easier. I am dying to try these!

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  24. I hate deep frying too. I recently deep fried fish and while the fish was awesome, the wasted oil and subsequent clean just isn't worth it. Oven fried all the way for me! I make my potato fries & wedges oven-style too. I am so going to try avocado and portabellos. Both are my absolute favourite things to have! With a cup of salsa on the side aye.

    ~Jayne (www.tenacioustinkering.com)

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  25. Avocado fries? I am intrigued (and it's not even a dessert)! :)

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  26. Ooh Amy these sound fantastic. I can't wait to try them. Great recipe!

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  27. Hi Amy, awesome appetizer. Look so addictive. Excellent presentation and display, look beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Looks delicious Amy.. I have portabello mushrooms in the fridge, and my husband hates them. Maybe i'll make this for myself for dinner one night.. it's a quick appetizer. Thanks!!

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  29. Wow yummy and great healthy ideas.

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  30. I love everything about this post. I recently had avocado fries for the first time and I'm in love with them! I like this guilt-free baked version. Any thing with panko breadcrumbs is great with me. Excellent post!

    Bill @ www.southernboydishes.com

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  31. I love avocado fries! These look delicious.

    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

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  32. Amy these look so delicious. I've made zucchini fries and if my last piece of avocado did not just finish I would also be making avocado fries! I am a bit intimated of the Portobello mushrooms but you've made it easy looking enough! I will give it a try :)

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