Fried Avocado Slices With Spicy Lime Crema
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons hot sauce
- 4 firm-ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and each sliced into 8 even pieces
- 1 1/2 cups sour cream
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 1 Serrano pepper, seeded and minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 1 1/2 cups fine yellow cornmeal
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 3/4 teaspoon Essence, plus more for seasoning, recipe follows
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- Lime wedges, for garnish
- Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
In a medium bowl, combine buttermilk, hot sauce and avocado slices. Soak for 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, lime juice, cilantro, red onion, Serrano pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine. Chill until ready to use.
In a medium Dutch oven or deep-fryer, fill oil to a depth of 3 to 4 inches (no more than halfway up the sides of the pan.) Heat oil to 375 degrees F over medium-high heat.
Combine cornmeal, flour, Essence, baking powder, and the remaining teaspoon of salt in a shallow dish. Dredge soaked avocado slices in the cornmeal mixture, shaking to remove excess cornmeal.
Place avocado slices in the hot oil and fry until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes each side. Using a slotted spoon, remove slices and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Season with additional Essence. Serve immediately with spicy lime crema and garnish with lime wedges.Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup
Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William and Morrow, 1993.