Beer Battered Avocado Wedges Over Arugula Salad

Here's a little something I made a few weeks ago. Avocados battered in Brooklyn Lager over a tasty arugula salad. You might not normally think to fry an avocado, but let me tell you that it is actually a really good idea. Avocados are already delicious on their own, but beer battering creates a wonderful new texture. The avocado is rich and creamy and the batter is fluffy yet crunchy. It's hard not to finish all of it at once.

To go with my battered avocado, I made a salad of arugula, mango, and red onion, along with a cilantro lime vinaigrette. So many delicious fresh flavors in there. I also tried coating the avocado in panko bread crumbs but I liked how the batter worked more. I experimented with few different beers as well and Brooklyn lager was just right in the batter and as a pairing.

P.S. Look at this! According to the Miami New Times my blog is the number four beer blog in South Florida :D

For the batter:
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for frying
For the salad:
  • 1 hass avocado, cut into wedges
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • arugula
  • red onion, thinly sliced
For the dressing:
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, whisk together all of the beer batter ingredients. Heat about an inch of oil in a pan. Place some flour in another bowl. Coat the avocado wedges with the flour and then dip into the batter. Place the coated avocado wedges into the hot pan, flipping after about a minute. When the avocado wedges are golden brown remove and place on plate lined with paper towels. For the salad, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients and toss with the mango, arugula, and red onion.