Sunday, March 9, 2014



Coming up with fresh ideas for fun appetizers is really not that difficult when you take the time to use your imagimation.  It's all about taking something and putting your own spin on it.

I decided to gut bite sized boiled potatoes and re-stuff them with something original.This St. Patty's Day, I puréed avocados and figured out different ways to spin my creations.  The best part of all, these are inexpensive, fun conversation pieces that taste as good as they look.

-1 dozen - any bite size potatoes will do
-3 very ripe (extra soft) avocados, cubed
-3 tbsp course kosher sea salt
-3 tbsp cracked pepper
-1 handful - finely chopped parsley
-3 tbsp sour cream or creme frâiche
-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
-1 decorating bag and Wilton #21 decorating tip
-1 dozen perfectly oval waffle potatoes chips


-Submerge potatoes in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil  
-When you can pierce the potatoes easily with a fork, your potatoes are done.  Strain the water.
-Begin by carefully slicing potatoes in half.
-Once all the potatoes are halved, with a tiny spoon, carefully remove the center of the potatoes (leaving a solid border of potato around the inside and bottom edge to hold its shape).

-Place contents into a food processor, blender or bowl if hand mashing.
-Add avocado
-Add salt & pepper

-Purée until completely smooth (absolutely no lumps). If you have a problem with lumps, finish by hand mashing with a masher or a fork.

-Get your decorating bag and fold the top of the bag half way down over your hand, then twist the bag tautly above the tip (to avoid early leakage from the weight of the filling).

-With a spatula, scrape contents from mixer and fill the decorating bag.

Bend the tip upwards, place the decorating bag in the refrigerator and chill to make better formed peaks of filling.-Either in a swirling motion, or straight up, fill each potato (leaving a peak in the center).

-Garnish the center with a green olive or a pimento for some added color.
-Place you potatoes carefully on a potato chip and place on a decorative platter.

-Break a small triangular piece of potato chip and stick along side colorful garnishing.
-Add a pinch of salt and pepper for some bite and pepper for added color and serve.

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