This recipe is wonderfully versatile. It’s great for summer Lunches and Picnics, as you can make a big bowl and let everyone dig in. Or it can make a really pretty starter (perfect for before your turkey this Christmas), I made little quenelles and served it with fresh crab, mayonnaise and brioche. The other way I love to use this recipe is as a Canapé. I did a little plate of the options I like to make. The smoked salmon parcels tied with chives are my favourite!
Serves 4-5 as a starter or makes approximately 15 as a canapé
- Two Large Avocados
- 1 Lime (zest and 1/2 juice)
- 100g Cream Cheese
- Salt and Pepper
- 2tsp Gelatine Powder
- 1 Egg White (optional)
- Scoop the flesh out of the Avocados and add to a blender (or food processor) with the Lime zest and juice and puree until very smooth.
- Then add the Cream Cheese and seasoning and blend again until totally incorporated.
- Put two tbsp of water in a heatproof bowl and sprinkle the Gelatine over the top. Allow to stand for 2 mins until it goes spongie. Then place the bowl over water in a pan (creating a bain-marie) and whisk until completely dissolved.
- Allow to cool and then add to the avocado mixture and combine throughly.
- If using Egg Whites, whisk to soft peak stage and then carefully fold (in a figure of eight motion) into the avocado mix, be careful not to knock the air out (to prevent this I always suggest adding a tbsp of the egg to the mix first to loosen it before adding all the eggs).
The eggs make the mix lighter if you want a “proper” mousse texture, however without the eggs you get a lovely light pate texture. In the images I haven’t used eggs but I have tried it and it’s lovely. You can see the mousse texture here on the original recipe!
Photos by Me.