Our young Chopped Junior contestants were tasked with using avocado — an ingredient that’s great solo — as part of an entree dish. Inspired by their dishes, we put on our aprons and wandered into the Food Network Kitchen to make lunch.
We thought about guacamole, the most-iconic preparation of avocado, and decided to make it portable for lunch. So we mashed and mixed it right in its shell — no bowl required. Here’s how to make your own:
Coarsely chop about 1 tablespoon of onion and a small handful of cilantro together. Halve an avocado and use a fork to slightly mash the side without the seed, right in the shell. Add the onion-cilantro mixture, 1 tablespoon of corn kernels, a squeeze of lime juice and a generous sprinkle of salt. Use your fork to mix and mash everything together. Cover with plastic wrap and pack in your lunchbox with tortilla chips for dipping.
Tune in Tuesday at 8|7 c to see which contestant wins $10,000. And keep coming back every Wednesday for a new recipe idea that will set your lunchbox apart from the rest, Chopped Junior style.