May 07, 2010

The case of the mysterious Green Avocado Pie

I am so excited because I just found out I won a copy of the "Eat, Shrink and Be Merry" cookbook by Janet and Greta Podleski! Thank you to Suzie the Foodie!

Suzie has a lovely food blog with wonderful food photos, recipes and commentary on her cooking experiences. All of her creations look delicious. I especially love her Recipe Review on these Apple and Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers.

Thank you Suzie. I can't wait to start cooking up some wonderful, healthy recipes :)

Now on to the case of the mysterious green pie. It all started when I saw this recipe on the Food Network website for Avocado Pie. The recipe looked interesting and I love avocadoes, so I decided to give it a try. I also wanted to submit a pie picture for the Not so Humble Pie contest.

So I gathered all of my ingredients: 2 avocados, lemon and lime, cream cheese, condensed milk, digestive cookies (because I prefer the taste of those over graham cracker crumbs), butter, sugar and salt.

I had never used condensed milk before, so when I opened the can, I was a little weirded out by its syrupy and sweet texture. At first, I had no idea how the milk would ever taste good with the savoury avocados.

I started by making the crust with melted butter, crushed digestive cookies and sugar and salt and then cooking it in the oven. So far, it looked like the beginning of a perfectly normal cheesecake.

Then, I made the filling with avocados, cream cheese, condensed milk, lemon and lime juice and salt. The green goo filling reminded me of some kind of Dr. Seuss creation or some green slime out of a horror movie. Also, to my horror, I didn't have a hand mixer, so mixing everything by hand was tough and I couldn't quite make the filling smooth and bump-free.

Then I let the pie chill in the fridge. I decided to bring the pie over to a friend's house that weekend. We were helping him move into a new apartment, so I brought it along as a housewarming treat. Then, after a day in the fridge, the avocado started to brown and my green pie turned into a green/brown pie.

After a few hours of moving furniture, we decided to dig into the pie. I tasted a slice and I was actually surprised. The pie tasted like a regular cheesecake with a hint of avocado, which added an interesting taste. For such an unappetizing looking pie, I enjoyed the taste.

So I didn't know what to expect when I saw the recipe. When I made it, I never expected the weird, green pie to taste good. Overall, it was an interesting and experimental cooking experience. Here's what my friend had to say about the pie:

"Oh man Laura, while I have to thank you for the cake because I have enjoyed it, there really only is so much avocado cake one person can eat in a week. I`ve never consumed this much avocado before in a whole year, let alone 7 days."

I am now known as the girl who makes weird, green pies.

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