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4 Tapas Recipes (Pintxos) using Fresh California Avocados

Total time:

10 min

Prep time:

10 min

Cook time:

n/a

4 Tapas Recipes (Pintxos) using Fresh California Avocados

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These avocado snack spears make a quick and easy snack. Make a variation of the below, or mix and match to your liking!

Ingredients

Serves: 1

As needed B.L.A.T. (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato) Spears
4 toothpicks
4 mini lettuce wedges
1 slice crisp bacon, cut in quarters
1/4 ripe, medium Fresh California Avocado, peeled and quartered
4 grape tomatoes
1/2 tsp. low-fat mayonnaise
As needed Veggie Antipasto Spears
4 toothpicks
2 marinated artichoke hearts, halved
4 pitted Kalamata olives
4 basil leaves
4 grape tomatoes
1/4 ripe, medium Fresh California Avocado, quartered
As needed Olive oil spray, optional
As needed Ahi and Avocado Spears
4 toothpicks
1/3 ripe, medium Fresh California, seeded and peeled
1 tsp. toasted black and/or white sesame seeds
4 (1/2-oz.) strips Ahi tuna, raw or seared (strips should be long enough to wrap around avocado pieces)
1 tsp. wasabi
As needed Low-sodium teriyaki or eel sauce
As needed Lox and Avocado Spears
4 toothpicks
1 1/4 oz. smoked salmon (lox)
4 slices Persian cucumber
1 tsp. whipped cream cheese
1/4 ripe, medium Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and quartered
As needed Traditional Spanish Tortilla (Potato Omelet) and Avocado Spears
8 toothpicks
8 bite-size cubes Spanish tortilla (see make-ahead recipe below)
8 small strips roasted red pepper
1/2 ripe, medium Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and cut into 8 cubes
As needed Individual Spanish Tortilla
As needed Nonstick cooking spray, optional
1 tsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. diced yellow or white onion
1/2 baked potato, peeled and sliced about 1/8-inch thick
As needed Salt, to taste
1 egg
1 egg white

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting.
Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados.

Instructions

B.L.A.T. (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato) Spears Instructions (Serves 1):

  1. On each toothpick spear one mini lettuce wedge, one piece bacon, and one avocado cube.
  2. Place a dab of mayonnaise on each grape tomato then add the tomatoes to the skewers.

Serving Suggestion: You can vary these skewers by using different types of bacon, including veggie, turkey or duck bacon, or try flavored sauces instead of the mayonnaise.

Beverage Pairing: Ice cold low-fat milk.

Veggie Antipasto Spears Instructions (Serves 1):

  1. On each toothpick spear one half artichoke heart, one olive, one basil leaf, 1 tomato and one avocado cube.
  2. Spritz lightly with olive oil spray if desired.

Serving Suggestion: It’s easy to vary these antipasto spears using roasted red pepper strips, pepperoncini, different olives, deli meats, cheeses or any combination of fruits and veggies. Just remember to include creamy Fresh California Avocado!

Beverage Pairing: For an afternoon snack pair with sparkling water. For an evening snack try with a small glass of sweet vermouth.

Ahi and Avocado Spears Instructions (Serves 1):

  1. Use an apple corer to cut four cylindrical-shaped avocado pieces from the avocado wedge. Reserve extra avocado pieces for another use or simply enjoy.
  2. Sprinkle sesame seeds on a small plate and top with ahi strips. Press fish firmly onto the seeds.
  3. Spread the tops of the ahi strips with wasabi.
  4. Wrap ahi around the avocado pieces, sesame seed-side out, and secure with toothpicks.
  5. Drizzle low-sodium teriyaki or eel sauce on the serving plate and top with Ahi and Avocado Spears.

Serving Suggestion: May also use chunks of ahi topped with avocado cubes. Also try with salmon, surimi or shrimp.

Beverage Pairing: Iced or hot green tea.

Lox and Avocado Spears Instructions (Serves 1):

  1. Cut lox into bite-size pieces; thread onto toothpicks.
  2. Top cucumber slices with a dab of cream cheese; add to the toothpicks.
  3. Finish each spear with a cube of avocado.

Serving Suggestion: Also delicious with capers or mini cornichon pickles.

Beverage Pairing: Iced or hot green tea.

Traditional Spanish Tortilla (Potato Omelet) and Avocado Spears Instructions (Serves 2):

Spear together tortilla cubes, pepper strips and avocado.

Individual Spanish Tortilla Instructions:

  1. Use a non-stick mini or small skillet. If using a small skillet spray an egg-frying ring or individual pancake ring with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onions until translucent.
  3. Salt potatoes to taste and add to the skillet to warm. If using the ring push the potatoes and onions into the center of the skillet, put the ring around them and spread them evenly within the ring.
  4. Whisk together the egg and egg white; pour over the potatoes and onions. Cook until the edges of the omelet are dry and most of the top looks set. Loosen the ring, if using, and remove. Flip the omelet and cook the other side until set, about 8 minutes total.

Serving Suggestion: These snacks can be served hot or cold. Olives and smoky pepper strips make great additions.

Beverage Pairing: Sparkling apple cider or sangria.

 

Nutrition information per serving

B.L.A.T. (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato) Spear Nutrition Information: Calories 130; Total Fat 11 g (Sat 2 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 2 g, Mono 6 g); Cholesterol 10 mg; Sodium 180 mg; Potassium 280 mg; Total Carbohydrates 5 g; Dietary Fiber 3 g; Total Sugars 0.9 g; Protein 4 g; Vitamin A 166 IU; Vitamin C 5 mg; Calcium 11 mg; Iron 0.4 mg; Vitamin D 3 IU; Folate 40 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.07 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 8%; Calcium 0%; Iron 2%

Veggie Antipasto Spears Nutrition Information: Calories 170; Total Fat 15 g (Sat 2.5 g, Trans 0.5 g, Poly 0.5 g, Mono 3.5 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 360 mg; Potassium 210 mg; Total Carbohydrates 7 g; Dietary Fiber 3 g; Total Sugars 7 g; Protein 1 g; Vitamin A 224 IU; Vitamin C 5 mg; Calcium 15 mg; Iron 0.4 mg; Vitamin D 0 IU; Folate 36 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.05 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 8%; Calcium 0%; Iron 2%

Ahi and Avocado Spears Nutrition Information: Calories 170; Total Fat 9 g (Sat 1.5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 1.5 g, Mono 5 g); Cholesterol 20 mg; Sodium 135 mg; Potassium 530 mg; Total Carbohydrates 7 g; Dietary Fiber 4 g; Total Sugars 1 g; Protein 16 g; Vitamin A 112 IU; Vitamin C 8 mg; Calcium 18 mg; Iron 1 mg; Vitamin D 39 IU; Folate 49 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.07 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 0%; Iron 6 %

Lox and Avocado Spears Nutrition Information: Calories 120; Total Fat 8 g (Sat 1.5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 1 g, Mono 4.5 g); Cholesterol 10 mg; Sodium 730 mg; Potassium 300 mg; Total Carbohydrates 4 g; Dietary Fiber 3 g; Total Sugars <1 g; Protein 8 g; Vitamin A 150 IU; Vitamin C 4 mg; Calcium 13 mg; Iron 1 mg; Vitamin D 0 IU; Folate 36 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.05 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 6%; Calcium 0%; Iron 4 %

Traditional Spanish Tortilla (Potato Omelet) and Avocado Spears Nutrition Information: Calories 310; Total Fat 17 g (Sat 3.5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 2.5 g, Mono 10 g); Cholesterol 195 mg; Sodium 500 mg; Potassium 860 mg; Total Carbohydrates 26 g; Dietary Fiber 6 g; Total Sugars 2 g; Protein 14 g; Vitamin A 1125 IU; Vitamin C 34 mg; Calcium 118 mg; Iron 3 mg; Vitamin D 42 IU; Folate 96 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.13 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 25%; Vitamin C 60%; Calcium 10%; Iron 15 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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