Grilled Avocados with Shrimp and Bacon – Super Bowl Grilling Series

I love how the new year brings renewed vigor to get things in order from diet to weight to personal growth, and then a month later it's smashed away by the Super Bowl and game-day revelry. To try to temper the grub with a little healthier alternative, the Super Bowl Grilling Series continues with Grilled Avocados with Shrimp and Bacon.  With simple ingredients and your favorite barbecue rub, these avocados are a surf ‘n’ turf explosion of flavor with every bite. Quick preparation makes this dish excellent for the Super Bowl when nobody wants to miss the game and the eating goes in shifts.

Begin by dividing the avocados lengthwise, removing the seed, and dusting with your favorite barbecue rub.  Prep the shrimp with the rub and grill on high for just minutes until charred and beautiful.  Grill the avocados face down over high heat until they have iconic grill marks.  Flip and fill the pit with shrimp and shredded cheese, and allow the cheese to melt.  Remove from the grill and cover with crumbled bacon and serve.  The texture of the crispy bacon and plump shrimp complements the soft texture of the avocado, while the rub adds mesquite and smoky flavor, and the salty bacon is the finishing touch that gets them ready for kickoff.  So here's to trying to stay on the straight and narrow with your diet while experiencing the big game and gaiety.  "Good luck!" from the Super Bowl Grilling Series. 

Serves 6-8

Grilled Avocados with Shrimp and Bacon Ingredients

  • 4 avocados, sliced lengthwise and pits removed
  • BBQ rub
  • 4 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 8 shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 8 ounces shredded cheese

Grilled Avocados with Shrimp and Bacon Directions

  1. Give the avocado halves a dusting of your favorite BBQ rub and set aside
  2. Coat the shrimp with the rub
  3. Grill the shrimp on high heat until they get a nice char on both sides
  4. Remove from the grill and slice into chunks
  5. Give the grill a good brush down and place the avocados flat side down on a raging hot grill
  6. When the avocados have nice grill marks (about 6-10 minutes depending on the heat of the grill), flip over and fill the cavity vacated by the pit with shrimp and cheese
  7. Close the lid to the grill to melt the cheese
  8. Once the cheese is melted, cover with crumbled bacon
  9. Place on a platter and serve with a spoon

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