There is a sudden oversupply of avocados in the Singapore Market . I remember having a tough time in selecting the best from the little basket of raw avocados, pay S$2 for each I picked and wait for over 3-4 days for them to naturally ripen ; Now you see big caskets of ripened Hass variety of these butter-fruits imported directly from America and thanks to their profusion, they now cost just S$ 2.75 for 3!! ( Please don’t judge me!) Singapore food market relies completely on imports, so prices are decided by the supply. ( I even remember paying S$3.6 /kg for my Indian tomatoes 😐 )
Anyway, I love avocados for its distinct texture & health benefits and now I had an encouraging reason to take them to my kitchen! 🙂 While I was happily choosing my dark spotty Alligator Pear ( that’s what they are called for obvious reasons ) , my brain was churning ideas to effectively use them. As I trotted further, I entered supermarket’s in-house bakery section and that is when a loaf of herb Focaccia caught my eye. The sound of “Avocado & herb Focaccia Sandwich” sounded both fresh and delicious! So here it goes:
- Focaccia Loaf
- 1.5 cups of Guacamole
- Cheddar Cheese
- Butter/Olive oil ( to lightly grease the bread)
I started by making fresh tangy guacamole dip, using the same recipe that we shared with you in our express Mexican platter. To quickly reiterate I used pulp from 2 medium ripe avocados, one medium onion, one medium tomato, few green chilies ( instead of jalapeno peppers ) , loads of cilantro, salt and lime to taste.
It takes 5 mins to mins to assemble the sandwich once the guacamole spread is ready ( which in itself is a very quick process).
Whether to have this sandwich grilled or just raw is completely an individual choice. I like to grill it to make this preparation more interesting. When grilled, the focaccia gets a li’l crisp and adds a new dimension to the otherwise gooey filling of guacamole, tomatoes and cheese. I lightly brushed the bread with butter spread so it doesn’t become too dry. Olive oil can also be a healthy substitute.
Just give it 5 mins in the oven. Alternately, you may choose to toss it on grill pan over a gas stove just enough to make the bread crisp. You may serve this with extra guacamole and lemon wedge.
The freshness of ingredients is the highlight of this sandwich. Cilantro, chili and Lime add zing to this nutritious meal while cheese and avocado add to the creamy texture. I made this sandwich for quick breakfast. Its simple, healthy and heavenly!
Replacing just a couple of ingredients, this recipe can be made suitable for our vegan friends. Olive Oil, Vegan Bread and Vegan Cheese are the ingredients that could be incorporated.
To all our working/ bachelor/lazy friends, who have been requesting us to share some fast and easy health recipes, this quick fix is for you! We hope you’d enjoy it.
Have a munchy weekend!
Team 156, Hungerlane