Tapas, appetisers, antipasti, meze, hors d’oeuvres…call them what you will, bite-sized snacks continue to gain popularity around the world, including right here in South Africa where they’re perfectly suited to our hot climate. In 2022 these fabulous finger foods are being given a mini makeover with the addition of the most versatile ingredient of all – avocados!
That’s’ right, the global appetiser trend that is known for its fusion of flavours and cultural influences, comes full circle this year as creators ‘add an avo’ to these moreish morsels, giving them a whole new look.
Maybe the fact that avo toast held its own as the Instagram foodie trend to follow for more than five years, accumulating nearly two million #avocadotoast posts in the process, had something to do with it. After all, fingers of avo toast are scrumptious nibbles in their own right, right?
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of avos in South Africa, allowing us to easily jump on this trend too. Both green and dark-skinned avos are available here almost all year round, and are equally versatile, delicious and nutritious!
The buttery, creamy green-skinned avo varieties Fuerte, Edranol, Ryan, Reed and Pinkerton are available from March until October, and the rich, nutty dark-skinned Hass, Maluma Hass and Lamb Hass from March until November.
These textures and tastes make avos the perfect tapas partners, as they pair easily with other flavours, hot or cold, and can be sliced, diced or smashed depending on the snack.
Dish up tapas toast with avocado and toppings, including, sun-dried tomatoes, marinated olives, anchovies, hardboiled egg, sardines and Manchego cheese – avo toast rebooted for 2022!
Both green and dark-skinned avos are perfect for all these appetisers. Remember that green-skinned avos remain green when ripe, while the dark-skinned avos turn purple-black when ready to eat. Even though avocados may vary in colour, shape and size, they are all a source of nutrients and can be included as part of a healthy eating plan.
So, whether you’re plating up true Spanish tapas, Greek-style meze (to ‘taste’), Italian-inspired antipasti (‘starters’), hors d’oeuvres (‘appetisers’) with a French flair, or good old South African snacks, be sure to ‘add an avo’ to the mix.