Spice Rubbed Steak with Avocado Fries

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As part of my list of 43 Things To Do Before I’m 44 adventure, The Kid and I tried quite a few new places to eat in the past year. There’s a restaurant near here called Tacos Y Avocados that (obviously to those who speak Spanish) serves tacos and avocados. The tacos are not just your run of the mill tacos, but fancy ones with different meats, flavor combinations and sauces called aioli. Ooh la la, pinkies up!

They have avocados in guacamole form BUT they also intrigued me with something called avocado fries. Now I love french fries and I love avocados, but I’ve never heard of the two rolled into one. I watched them whip up the fries and it seemed simple enough to do. Slice the avocado, dip them in batter, and fry like fries. They came with either ranch or spicy ketchup served in cool parchment cones.

I watched the people at the tables around us and the fries were definitely popular. I found out that the batter they used had dairy in it so The Kid couldn’t participate in the eating of the fries. Lucky for me, or I would have ordered them and probably ended up arm wrestling her for them. Instead I decided to try making my own baked version at home.

Much better for both of us for health reasons albeit hers because of a dairy allergy and me because of the fried bit. šŸ˜‰ I grilled a filet for the main part of the entrĆ©e and used a spice rub to add a kick. I also threw together a side of pico di gallo made with red onions, grape tomatoes, and cilantro. Homemade pico is so easy to do and the combinations are endless.

Spice Rubbed Steak with Avocado FriesĀ Spice Rubbed Steak with Avocado Fries

  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 16 oz filet mignon

Preheat your oven’s broiler or your grill. If using the broiler, line a cookie sheet with tin foil. Mix the spices in a shallow dish. Cut the filet into four 4 oz pieces and rub the spices on the top and bottom until well coated.

Broil or grill until desired doneness, flipping halfway through to evenly cook both sides. Remove from heat and serve with avocado fries.

Avocado Fries

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax meal
  • Leftover spice mixture from above

Slice the avocados in half and remove the pit. Spoon each half from the skin and slice each half into 3 or 4 french fry shaped strips. Mix the bread crumbs and flax meal into the leftover spice mixture.

Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Roll each avocado slice in the bread crumb mixture until coated and place on the foil lined sheet. Place under the broiler and broil for 2 – 3 minutes until crispy and golden.

Turn the pieces carefully and broil on the other side for another couple minutes. Remove and serve with ketchup, pico di gallo, ranch or other dressing if desired.

Makes 4 servings of steak and fries at approximately 334 calories each – 27g protein, 15g carbs and 18g fat.

The fries tasted great and I liked the creamy smooth inside from the avocado combined with the crunchy spicy outside from the breadcrumbs. It was also nice that they were full of healthy fats but didn’t leave your fingers greasy like normal fries. Pretty creative invention if you ask me. I never would have thought of frying an avocado, but glad that I gave them a try.

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