Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Guacamole Fest 2012 - Cobb-O-Cado

Oh my heavens.

Those little balls of goodness are Avocado Stuffed Quinoa Fritters. Yes. You may drool. ps. I need to find that bean, avo, bacon salad on the tortilla. That's also to die for.

At EVO'12 Conference I knew, knew that the evening dinner and class sponsored by the California Avocado Commission would be divine. How did I know? Dude. I'm a Californian who eats a few a week. We know.

 Excuse me. I practically inhaled that delicious, decadent dish. 

It did not disappoint. Even with the six hour power outage, and getting to know each other over candles, a generator and non-functioning restroom facilites, we had a lovely avocado fest.

The highlight was definitely the TOO HOT TAMALES. Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. Yes! They deserve all-caps. They are gifted in the art of cooking, and entertaining.  Their personal lives are even more HOT. *wink*

Our first assignment included picking numbers, finding our team, quickly working to decide on ingredients for our guacamole, coming up with a name for the dish, as well as plating, in just 10 minutes. 

Judging all of the entries in the guacamole contest.

Of course, right after the instructions the lights went out. Sweet! Food Network should fully do a show where random things, completely out of the chef's control, just happens. You're welcome

Last night I was prepping my ingredients. So pretty. I love food.

My group had just three of us women, and two little boys. At first the group started thinking fruity, and spicy. But then, I got to the ingredient table and saw chopped, glorious, hard-boiled eggs. 

It hit me.

Cobb salad guacamole.


I love cooking tools too.

Eggs and Avocados. Hello. They're a match made in heaven. First of all they're both oval. They're also both delicious with whatever cooking method you choose, and they can accompany practically any dish. My tastebuds honor your relationship Miss. Egg and Mr. Avocado. May you have many, many years of joy. At least until I gobble you up. 

My team's guacamole won the contest for best name. Eventhough we had originally thought Avo-Cobb-O for our first name. However, in honor of our name win at the event, here's my take on our idea.

Cobb-O-Cado (or Avo-Cobb-O)
(original recipe unless otherwise noted)


For Dijon Vinaigrette (from Ina Garten):
1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
5 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

For Guacamole:
2 Hass Avocados mashed
1/2 a lemon juiced
3 Tbsp tomato diced
2 Tbsp red pepper (or orange) diced
2 Tbsp red onion diced
2 Tbsp endive diced
1/2 Tbsp chives diced
1 1/2 hard boiled eggs diced
2 slices of bacon rough chopped
1 Tbsp of dijon vinaigrette (recipe included)
2 Tbsp of bleu cheese salad dressing
1-2 tsp of rice wine vinegar
dash of salt
1/4 tsp of freshly ground pepper


For Dijon Vinaigrette (from Ina Garten):
In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Set aside. You can refrigerate it and use on other salads during the week. It's delicious.

For Guacamole:
Mash the avocados, add the juice of 1/2 a lemon and mix well. Then add in the diced tomatoes, red peppers, red onions, endive, chives, eggs, and bacon. Stir until combined.  Add in the bleu cheese dressing, dijon vinaigrette, rice wine vinegar, a dash of salt and the pepper. Stir, and serve with your favorite chips. 


Factoid: Hass Avocados are pronounced with an 'a' like in sass, not with an 'ah' sound. 

ps. This was the original Cobb-O-Cado


  1. yum. yum. yum. yum!!!!!!!

    LOVE that cutting board ;-) Thank you for linking mine up - can't believe I forgot to do that - LOL ;-)

    1. I love that cutting board too. I won it at the Truvia lunch. It's a Chicago Cutlery bamboo board. I just like looking at it. You are fabulous!

  2. "First of all they're both oval." HAHAAa i love you.

  3. You funny, cute lady! I was so busy shining my light on the ingredients that I never saw ours being thrown together... 10 minutes and in quasi darkness... Don't tell me miracles don't happen!

    1. It's a miracle to have the chance to meet you. LOVE your spirit, and smile. Thanks for sharing it with me. Cheers!