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Chef Curtis Stone Shares Game-Winning Recipes

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With professional baseball heading into its post-season and the football season just beginning, fans across the country are gathering regularly for game day get-togethers. Whether watching the game at home or tailgating in the stadium parking lot, one of the most important elements is the food.

As temperatures start to drop, the competition is heating up. Whether you’re a baseball or a football fan, tailgating season has begun. To help spice up your game day spread, chef Curtis Stone is sharing some of his favorite recipes for tailgating parties.

An easy-to-use ingredient that amps up any game day menu is the Hass avocado, which is available year-round and can be identified by its dark, pebbly skin that generally turns from green to purplish-black when ripe. While it serves as the main ingredient in guacamole, its creamy texture also is a perfect topping for just-grilled meats, sandwiches, salads and more.

To help fans pull together quick and delicious food for their parties, chef Curtis Stone, host of TLC’s ‘Take Home Chef’ and author of ‘Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone: Recipes to Put You in My Favorite Mood,’ is sharing some of his recipes that are perfect to eat while watching the game.

“When you are getting together with your friends for the game, you want to create good food that doesn’t keep you away from the action all day,” says Stone. “That’s why I love cooking with Hass avocados; you can quickly dice them up and incorporate them into a variety of dishes to add a great flavor and texture.” 

Stone likes to keep recipes simple and let the food speak for itself. His game day recipes for ‘Grilled Cilantro-Lime Shrimp with Spicy Hass Avocado Purée’ and ‘Grilled Bacon and Buffalo Mozzarella Sandwiches with Hass Avocado’ are easy to prepare and combine delicious flavors that every fan is sure to enjoy.
These recipes feature the Hass avocado—always in season, Hass avocados are available year-round, so you can use these recipes throughout the fall and winter, well into playoff season.




Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Spicy Hass Avocado Purée
• 3 ripe, fresh Hass avocados, peeled, seeded and scooped out
• 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
• 3/4 cup sour cream
• 1 green jalapeño, seeded and chopped
• Salt, to taste

Add the avocado, lime juice, sour cream and jalapeño to a blender and purée until smooth, scraping the sides of the blender as needed.
2. Season purée with salt to taste.
3. Place in a covered airtight container and refrigerate until serving.

Grilled Cilantro-Lime Shrimp With Spicy Hass Avocado Purée
• 2 limes, juiced and zested
• 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
• 1 tsp. ground cumin
• 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 lbs. large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact
• Spicy Hass Avocado Purée (see make-ahead recipe above)
• Fresh sprigs cilantro, for garnish

In a large mixing bowl, combine the lime juice and zest, cilantro, cumin and oil and whisk well.

2. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Do not marinate shrimp longer than 5 minutes or the lime juice will begin cooking the shrimp.

3. Preheat a barbecue or grill pan to medium-high heat.

4. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper to taste and grill for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until lightly charred and cooked through, making sure not to overcook the shrimp.

5. Remove the cooked shrimp from the grill and place on a serving platter, with a small serving bowl of the Spicy Hass Avocado Purée. Garnish the shrimp with fresh sprigs of cilantro and serve.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:
Calories 340; Total Fat 23 g (Sat 5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 2.6 g, Mono 12 g); Cholesterol 185 mg; Total Carbohydrates 10 g; Dietary Fiber 5 g; Protein 25 g

Grilled Bacon & Buffalo Mozzarella Sandwiches


Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


Hass Avocado Pesto
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 1/2 bunches fresh basil leaves
• 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
• 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
• 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 ripe, fresh Hass avocado, peeled, seeded and scooped out
• 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
• Salt, to taste
• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a food processor, purée the garlic into a coarse paste. Add in the basil, pine nuts and cheese; mix until combined.
2. Slowly pour in the oil and add in the avocado and lemon juice until combined. The pesto should be smooth, but have a thick consistency. Season the pesto with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.


Grilled Bacon & Buffalo Mozzarella Sandwiches With Hass Avocado
• 4 (3-inch) square sections of a ciabatta loaf, cut in half lengthwise
• Extra-virgin olive oil, for grilling
• Hass Avocado Pesto (see make-ahead recipe above)
• 1 ripe, fresh Hass avocado, peeled, seeded, quartered and cut into 1/4-inch slices
• 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
• Salt, to taste
• Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
• 1 large, vine-ripened tomato, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices
• 1 (8-oz.) ball of fresh buffalo mozzarella, torn into small pieces
• 8 slices bacon, cooked and broken in half

Brush the outside of each piece of bread lightly with the oil, and lay the bread out with each half facing up.

2. Divide the Hass Avocado Pesto between the slices of bread and spread evenly.

3. In a shallow bowl, dress the avocado with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper to taste.

5. On the bottom half of each slice of bread, place even amounts of half of the mozzarella, tomato, avocado and bacon; and then place the remaining mozzarella on top of the bacon.

6. Place the tops of the bread onto the sandwiches and press firmly.

7. Place a sandwich in a pre-heated sandwich press.

8. Cook until the bread is toasted golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 7 to 8 minutes.

9. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

10. Cut the grilled sandwiches in half, arrange on a platter and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:
Calories 820; Total Fat 59 g (Sat 15 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 7.9 g, Mono 27.8 g); Cholesterol 55 mg; Total Carbohydrates 46 g; Dietary Fiber 8 g; Protein 29 g

* Large avocados are recommended for these recipes. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Recipes created by chef Curtis Stone for the Hass Avocado Board. Copyright © 2009, Curtis Stone.
For more game day recipes that feature Hass avocados, visit the Hass Avocado Board’s Web site at  

About the Hass Avocado Board
The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) was established in 2002 after approval by producers and importers of Hass avocados in a national referendum. A 12-member Board administers the program. Over 20,000 producers and 100 importers are involved in the HAB, which covers fresh domestic and imported Hass avocados sold in the U.S. market.


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