The big brother contestants have it smooth and easy this week, or do they? There was no have not competition this week so everyone has had a chance to rebuild their stamina and get creative in the kitchen. Joe is the man (check out his facebook @MadloveCooking), and created a couple of treats for the other house guests over the last few weeks and because everyone raved so much, we’re going to bring you those recipes here!
Joe has made a couple of Avocado Cheesecakes and from what I hear, this is an amazing dish that has lots of flavor and good healthy proteins!
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 16 ounces of cream cheese
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 medium-sized avocados
- 2 teaspoons of lime zest
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees. Put almonds into chopper and pulse until finely chopped. Add graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter, and pulse until just blended. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan. Set aside.
Before starting your cream cheese mixture, allow all ingredients to reach room temperature. Letting the cream cheese, eggs, and sour cream reach room temperature will help the cheesecake from cracking. In a mixer combine cream cheese and sugar, and blend until smooth. Add eggs one at a time until they are incorporated into the batter.
Place avocados into a food processor, and pulse until they are smooth, add lime zest, lime juice and sour cream, and pulse until you have a uniform mixture, add the avocado mixture into the cream cheese, and mix well. Pour into spring form pan. Bake for 45 minutes, check to see if the cheesecake is set, it should still have a small jiggle in the middle when you bump the pan.
Remove from oven, and cool completely on a rack. Chill overnight in the refrigerator.
Other than a good deal of Fruit Loops, and boxed calories the house guests have been eating Joe’s cooking. Oh Joe… gotta wash those hands! One of the favorites is Chips and guacamole. While I did not catch Franks recipe on the show (gotta love BB fish!) I do have a fantastic recipe for it, and I’ll share it with you!
RobinPickles Yummy Guacamole
- 3 Avocados
- 1/2 cup Minced Cilantro
- Juice of 1/2 Fresh Lime
- 2 to 4 Diced Small Roma Tomatoes
- 2 cloves of Minced Garlic
- 1/4 cup Minced Onion
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Take all ingredients and place in a bowl unmixed. Using two large spoons, begin slowly mixing by making a cutting type motion with both spoons (as if you were using a knife and fork to cut meat) and keep smashing the avocados with the spoons, keep it moving until a nice green “paste” has formed and all ingredients seem to be mixed well. Chill for about an hour and serve with white corn tortilla chips. Happy Crunching!