Last week, a friend gave me the idea of baking an egg inside a halved avocado. The novelty valued appealed to me. However, I knew it was going to take something a bit extra to get Crackers (my kitchen apprentice) on board, so I decided we’d turn it into a mouse. Move over avocado mousse, make way for avo mouse…
What you will need:
- one ripe but still firm avocado
- an egg
- a dash each of paprika, salt and pepper
- a sprinkling of parmesan cheese
- a slice of cheese
- a halved black olive
- two currants
- one piece of fruit leather
- small block of cheese
- baking dish
1. Heat oven to 220°C.
2. Cut avocado in half, remove the pit and scoop out a bit of the flesh to create a larger hollow for the egg.
3. Lightly beat egg and add seasonings.
4. Lay avocado half in a baking dish, resting it on the other half (turned upside-down) to keep it level.
5. Pour egg mix into the hollow of the avocado and sprinkle with parmesan.
6. Bake in oven for around 15 mins or until egg looks cooked.
7. Cut two small circles out of the cheese for eyes and top with currants. Cut ears and tail out of the fruit leather.
8. Once avocado has cooled slightly, peel off the skin and cut the egg back to level off the top. Turn the avocado upside-down and decorate with the facial features and tail.
9. Get your apprentice chef to bite a bit out of the block of cheese so it looks like the mouse has had a nibble at it (apprentice chefs may need some supervision at this point to make sure they don’t devour the whole block!).