Avocado Salad with Spicy Groundnut (Peanut ) Dressing

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Honestly, this recipe came in the nick of time, just as I was beginning to question both my cooking and baking skills as well as the food of Ghana.  As I mentioned yesterday, I haven’t been having much luck with many of the recipes I’ve been finding both online and in old African cookbooks.  Honestly, I could probably post about two weeks of flops recipes if anybody is interested.

But this recipe is a winner- hot, sour, salty and sweet with the richness and creaminess of avocado.  Makes me wish I still lived in a place with avocado trees…

Those of you who are heat averse, feel free to cut back on the cayenne.

Avocado and Groundnut Dressing

Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

* 2 avocados, ripe
* 2 Tablespoon lemon juice, fresh
* 2 Tablespoons olive oil
* 2 Tablespoons minced red onion
* 3 tablespoons peanuts
* 3/4 teaspoon paprika
* 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
* 3/4 teaspoon cayenne
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* salt (to taste)
* chopped cilantro, as a garnish
* coarsely chopped peanuts, as a garnish

Directions:

Cut the avocados in half lengthwise, remove the pit and cube the flesh (note: Elise has a really great tutorial on an easy way to do this, BTW).

Place in a bowl with lemon juice, olive oil, and onion and toss gently.

Grind the peanuts (either use a coffee or spice grinder or just roll a rolling pin over the peanuts) so you have small chunks and mix with the paprika, cinnamon, cayenne, sugar and salt. Sprinkle over the avocado and toss gently.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and peanuts.

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