Monday, March 16, 2009

Test #113: Bacon and AVOCADO

The subject
Boy, the avocado sure isn't much to look at--what the hell is up with that big-ass pit?--but it's definitely tasty. Our personal favorite use is guacamole, but it's also a delicious addition to pretty much any sandwich (especially a BLT). Fun facts: the fruit's green, leathery skin has earned it the alternate name "alligator pear," and the word avocado derives from the Aztec word for testicle. Huh huh, we said "testicle."

While the avocado offers a range of health benefits (a serving of avocado contains more potassium than a banana, in addition to a buttload of vitamins), it also has a bad rap for being full of fat. In that respect, it has a lot in common with our much-maligned (and beloved) bacon--so we figured, why not combine the two?

The result
We thought the avocado would collapse into a pile of mush after bacon bakin' but we were wrong--the wedge we wrapped in two strips held its own, both in terms of shape and texture, and in flavor. We consumed the entire sample, and agreed that this tasty morsel would make an excellent party nosh, and that the next time we whip up a batch of guacamole, we definitely should consider adding some crispy bacon bits to the mix.

The conclusion: Bacon + avocado = bueno

Tuesday: Bacon and Hostess apple pie
Wednesday: Bacon and frozen burrito

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