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TEQUILLA CACTUS CHICKEN BURGER WITH BUTTERMILK AVOCADOS
Just recently, I ordered fried avocados at a restaurant and fell in love. I knew they would taste great on a burger.
1 large firm California Avocado
1 cup vegetable oil
½ cup flour
½ cup buttermilk
2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup softened butter
½ cup Tequila
1 medium size cactus leaf, skinned and julienned
1 small Vidalia onion, julienned
1 ½ pounds fresh ground chicken
1 1-ounce packet dry onion soup mix
½ teaspoon lime
Vegetable oil to grease rack
12 slices of smoked cheddar cheese
12 sliced of Texas Toast
Place whole avocado in freezer for 1 hour. When almost ready, turn on grill to high heat. Pour, vegetable oil into a small fire-proof skillet. Remove avocado from freezer, peel and cut into ¼ inch thick slices. Place flour into a shallow bowl. Place buttermilk, egg, 1 teaspoon of ground pepper and salt into another shallow bowl. Dip avocado slices in flour, then buttermilk mixture; repeat. Carefully place slices in oil and fry for about 3 minutes, flipping once. Remove and place on paper towels to soak up excess oil. Cover and set aside. Turn down grill heat grill to medium-high. In a medium fire-proof skillet, place ½ cup of softened butter, tequila, cactus and onions. Cover and cook until most of the liquid is evaporated and the mixture has caramelized. Cover and set aside. To make the patties, combine ground chicken, dry onion soup mix, and lime in a large bowl and mix well. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions and shape into square patties to fit toast. Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover & cook, turning once until done to preference. About 3 minutes on each side. When the burgers are almost done, place a cheese slice on top and melt slightly. During the last minute of cooking, brush the outer sides of the Texas toast with remaining butter. Place on outer edge of grill and toast lightly. To assemble, place two slices of buttermilk avocados on the bottom of a bread slice. Next place a burger and then a heaping of cactus onions. Top with other bread slice and enjoy.
Makes 6 burgers.