What’s Cookin? Thriller Griller Thursday 9/20: Grilled Avocados Filled With Blistered Tomato Salsa

First, let’s be clear. Grilling is not the same as BBQ. I live in BBQ Country (North Carolina), and I have been corrected many times when speaking with locals.

With grilling, you use a direct flame, cooking quickly. When you BBQ, you use an indirect or low flame, cooking very slowly. And of course, there are different types of grills. The two most common are charcoal and gas grills. I use gas, but I’ll look for recipes for both methods. For a pig roast, an open flame or pit is the way to go, but I’ll stick with grilling or BBQ recipes for now.

Oh, and enjoy!


  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more for the tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 3 avocados
  • Fine sea salt
  • Coarsely-ground black pepper
  • 18 grape tomatoes
  • 2 serrano chiles, stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely-chopped cilantro leaves
  • Sour cream


Prepare the grill for direct grillingover a medium-hot fire.

Crush the garlic clove into a medium bowl. Add the oil and lime juice and whisk together. Halve and pit the avocados. Brush some of the oil mixture onto each half without letting any puddle in the hole where the pit was (we don’t want it dripping into the grill and causing flare-ups). Reserve the remaining liquid. Season the avocados liberally with salt and pepper.

Skewer the grape tomatoes and drizzle them with olive oil. Season with salt.

Place the avocados on the grill cut-side-down. Add the tomatoes alongside. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning the tomatoes once. The avocados should be nicely marked and the skin on the tomatoes should be blistered. Remove everything from the grill.

Cut the tomatoes in halves or quarters. Add them to the liquid in the bowl. Fold in the chiles and cilantro to complete the blistered tomato salsa.

Spoon some of the salsa mixture into each avocado half and finish with a little salt. Garnish with dollops of sour cream. Serve warm.

Source: KalamazooGourmet

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