RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Garlicky Goodness

Though some may consider garlic to be more of a flavor-boosting ingredient than the star of the show, I like to think of it as "necessary to existence."
Publish date:
April 13, 2016
food, recipes, garlic, tacos, Recipe Of The Week, Savory

Hello my wonderful cats and kittens, and welcome back to another soul-soothing installment of Recipe of the Week. Last week, we spent some time discussing the glorious taco, and you all really brought your A game. There were almost 300 comments, and they warmed my cold, cold heart.

There were meaty tacos and breakfast tacos and soyrizo tacos, but the winner was a super special tempura-fried avocado taco from Troll House Cookies.

I don't have any good taco recipes I've tried before, but I've been wanting to make these Fried Avocado Tacos for a long time, and this site has great recipes. MAKE THESE FOR ME PLEASE CLAIRE, MAKE AND EAT THEM! I will live vicariously through you.

As Troll House Cookies (and the people) demanded, I made and ate these fine tacos.

You should read the full recipe on A Cozy Kitchen, but it's pretty simple. You basically just need avocados, a flour/egg wash/bread crumb situation, and some oil. Because I'm a meddler, I added some onion powder and granulated garlic to my panko mixture, and it was a good call.

Heat about an inch of oil to 375F, and dip your avocado slices in flour, then a beaten egg, then the bread crumbs. Fry on each side for 30 seconds at a time, until golden brown. Let drain on paper towels. Throw those babies in a tortilla, along with whatever toppings you desire. I use the suggested cotija, radishes, and lime, and I will say that the lime is an absolute must, as you need the acidity to cut through the richness of the fried avocado. I also added sour cream and hot sauce, because I love sour cream and (reasonably) hot sauce.

They were pretty grand. In fact, I'd say that they were so good, it was worth my whole apartment smelling like cooking oil. The avocado was super crispy on the outside and tender and creamy on the outside, and went really well with crunchy radish and salty cheese. High marks all around. Troll House Cookies gets a wonderful trophy, and that trophy is the wistfully romantic "Maybe Lately" by Miracle Fortress.

Your next assignment is a pungent one.

Fruits of my Labor Day.

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Though some may consider garlic to be more of a flavor-boosting ingredient than the star of the show, I like to think of it as "necessary to existence." Though you won't win many make-out partners after chomping on a clove or two, I'd say it's worth sacrificing a little smooching for a different kind or mouth bliss. (Also, you could just have your kissing buddy eat some garlic too -- problem solved.)

So obviously what I want from all of you beautiful people are your favorite recipes that HEAVILY feature garlic. I want the garlic to be prominent and obvious. There shall be none of this "one clove" business. (Seriously though, who actually only uses one clove of garlic in a recipe? I almost always add an extra clove or two than what the recipe calls for, but I'm an animal like that.)