Stuffed Avocado

When you hear stuffed shirt, you get a mental image of a retrograde, an inflexible old-fashioned conservative, maybe an arrogant poseur with no substance. The latter is probably the closest to the truth, as the idiom was actually born as a literal description of a scarecrow, dressed in real person’s clothes and stuffed with whatever was on hand to create the shape: hay, paper, rags… In other words, no substance. It has done its job, however, scaring away not only crows, but also other potential enemies of the crops.

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Scarecrows have existed for millennia but they had not always worn shirts, stuffed or otherwise. In Ancient Egypt, the fields were devastated not by crows but by quail. Inventive farmers would install wooden construction wrapped in nets. Stupid quail would get themselves tangled up in those nets and end up as a farmer’s dinner. Talking about killing two birds with one stone! No shirts, though, stuffed or otherwise.

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The Greeks also made wooden scarecrows, but, being masters of sculpture, they carved a really ugly, flagrantly indecent-looking guy called Priapus, an offspring of the beautiful Aphrodite and a perpetually drunk Dionysus. It seems they were cognizant of the effect of alcohol on a fetus because Priapus was so ugly that even the crows flew away when they saw him. Somehow he morphed into a Norse deity Odin, who was just as ugly and quite nasty, and went right on slaying the poor crows with a broadsword.

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The Japanese scarecrows, made to look like people, wearing round hats and sometimes raincoats, made threatening gestures to shoo the birds away. Occasionally, they even acquired weapons to fight the most persistent birds. Meanwhile,the Romans, as usual, borrowed ideas from the Greeks and brought the Greek wooden scarecrow concept to Europe.

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German scarecrows, although still wooden, were dressed like witches and were believed not only to scare the birds away, but also to bring good harvest. And it’s the German immigrant farmers who brought the idea of a human-looking scarecrow to the United States, stuffed an old shirt with whatever – mostly straw – and put a final touch, red bandanna around his neck.

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They called these guys “bootzamon” which eventually transformed into… boogeyman! So now you know that a boogeyman is actually a stuffed shirt with no substance to him, and you can stop scaring your kids  (source for some historical references  http://historybecauseitshere.weebly.com/scarecrows-historically-speaking.html).

There is plenty of substance to stuffed avocados, though, and plenty of goodness, too, but just like the “stuffed shirt” scarecrows, they could be stuffed with anything you have on hand. In my case, it’s tuna.

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Tuna in water, plus some crunchy corn kernels, a nice handful of fresh fragrant dill, mixed with tangy wasabi sauce, and seasoned with salt and pepper – it’s delicious on its own, but wait! We also want to add some finely ground corn meal, for substance!

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Here come two sweet and beautiful, ripe Haas avocados, waiting to be stuffed. We need to put tuna on the side and take care of these guys.

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Cut them in half, discard the pits, and carefully clean up every particle of brown that mars their beauty. Mix the tuna again because some liquid will seep to the bottom, divide the mix in four, and stuff your avocado halves.

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Press the stuffing down gently and refrigerate until ready to serve. I usually serve it on a bed of artisan lettuce, garnished with sweet pepper confetti, but go with your imagination – it’ll be an instant hit on your table!

I simply cannot finish this post without giving you a few minutes of the most famous scarecrow in America, if not in the entire world:

INGREDIENTS

  • 2  5oz cans of tuna in water, drained
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup finely ground corn meal
  • 2 teaspoon wasabi sauce
  • 1/2 cup or more chopped fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Haas avocados, cut in half
  • Sweet pepper confetti to garnish

PROCEDURE

  • Open tuna cans, drain well, Add the rest of ingredients, except avocados. Mix thoroughly. Put aside..
  • Cut avocados in half, discard pits, carefully clean all brown spots.
  • Mix tuna again, divide into 4 equal parts. Stuff each avocado with tuna mix, gently press down. Smooth the tops.  Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • To serve, arrange on bed of greens, garnish with pepper confetti.

Enjoy!

65 Comments Add yours

  1. Fartfist says:

    Oh my! You are heaven sent!

    ~FF

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    1. Thank you, darling! But why?

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      1. Fartfist says:

        Because of the words and wonderful food you share! I really enjoy your recipes a lot! Your worldliness and insight on food and culture is amazing! You are most welcome, thank YOU!

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      2. You are too kind, dear friend! 😻

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  2. Doug Thomas says:

    I do a variation using shrimp. It’s hard to miss with any sea food, I thiunk, in this recipe.

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    1. I agree. As I said, you can stuff avocados with just about anything.

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  3. Love avocados, this almost makes me wish i ate seafood!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi! You can stuff avocados with anything you like; I stuff them with mango or pineapple salsa sometimes, or spicy cauliflower rice, or sautéed tofu – the possibilities are endless.

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  4. 15andmeowing says:

    Those sound good. Thank you for the recipe.

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    1. Thank you so much for linking to me, dear friend!

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  5. Great tasty idea for lunch! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Ronit; your opinion always matters to me.

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  6. This sounds delicious! I’ve been trying out different dishes and honing my cooking skills, stuffed avocados sound like something I could add to the list of things I can cook (it’s a rather short list). I loved the part about the scarecrows, very interesting.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend; I am so glad you like my recipe! I wish you the best of luck with cooking, and please feel free to ask questions if you could use help sometimes.

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  7. lghiggins says:

    I had my first avocado stuffed with tuna at a little café in Mexico. Now I make it frequently. Your version sounds delicious.

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    1. And I thought I was the only one with this crazy idea! Thank you so much, dear Linda; I am glad you like my recipe.

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  8. A wonderful treatise on scarecrows – and you didn’t disappoint with the Oz clip 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for a kind comment, Derrick.

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  9. Loved the story, the photos, and especially the food. 🌿🪴🍃

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Gail!

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  10. -Eugenia says:

    I love avocados! We buy an avocado spread from the grocery and I put on my morning toast. It’s yummy! I love your story about scarecrows and the video and the recipe!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Eugenia; I am so glad you like it!

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        My pleasure, Dolly!

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  11. Lulu: “That Scarecrow sure is happy, even without a brain!”
    Charlee: “Hmm … You know who else is happy? Chaplin!”
    Chaplin: “Yes, I sure am happ — Hey wait a minute.”

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    1. What’s the matter, friend Chaplin? You don’t sound too happy! Can we help?
      Meows and Purrs from The Cat Gang.

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  12. CarolCooks2 says:

    It looks and sounds delicious dear Dolly I so wish I could get Haas Avocados here as the Thai ones are like the poor second cousins…sigh xx

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    1. Yes, how unfortunate. Yet you have so many other fruit and veggies to enjoy – maybe you can stuff some of them?

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      1. CarolCooks2 says:

        I can indeed I just love Haas avos and not the poor relations available here xx

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      2. I can relate to that, darling.

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  13. Gibberish says:

    Although I am not a fan of avocado, but this sure looks good 👌

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, dear friend!

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging, dear friend!

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      1. YOU ARE WELCOME! ARE MY COOKIES COMING????? 😀

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      2. Is your address coming? And have you made your choice?

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      3. YUP==13WEST ST. APT 102, DOUGLAS, MA 0151 6 SUGAR FREE ALMON D W/
        RASPBERRY SF JAM.

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      4. Got it – coming up.

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      5. Don’t thank me yet – wait till you taste them!

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      6. THAN THE DRIED OUT DANISH TINS WE’D GET—-BUTTER COOKIES—NOT THAT BAD!

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      7. We’ll see. Sending them out tomorrow.

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  14. chattykerry says:

    I LOVE avocados! When I was younger, Scottish farmers used to shoot crows and hang the dead bodies up to discourage the other crows. A tiny bit gruesome but effective.

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    1. Do you think the other crows saw their dead relatives and got the message? Then they are smarter than I have thought.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, dear Kerry!

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      1. chattykerry says:

        Crows are one of the smartest birds, Dolly. It really did deter them and they have been witnessed having a wake over fellow dead crows. Have a lovely weekend. 💕

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      2. Fascinating! You too, have a great weekend, dear Kerry! 😻

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  15. purpleslob says:

    I immediately had a vision of an avocado wearing a stuffed shirt! lol your version sounds so much better!! 😉

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    1. I love your funky visions, dear purple person! What about a shirt stuffed with avocados? Like Russian boys stealing apples from neighbors’ trees…

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      1. purpleslob says:

        lol That would work too!

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  16. Fantastic! A fav of ingredients. You make pretty foods!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend. I have never gone to any culinary school and never learned the art of food decoration, but my grandmother used to say that anywhere your eye falls, you have to see something pretty. I try…

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  17. I love avocado in any dish. But have never tried stuffed Avocado. this is recipe i have to go for that. Thanks ✨😊🌹

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Rozina; I am so glad you like it!

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      1. Your lovely recipes always amaze me. 👌👌💖

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      2. Thank you for a lovely comment, dear Rozina; you are too kind!

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      3. 😍😍😍✨✨💕🌹

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  18. Love stuffed avocados more than scarecrows, but honestly i should build one for our neighbour, less for our great and famous birds. Lol Thank you Dolly! I hope you had a funny weekend! Michael

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    1. Fo ahead and build it and don’t forget to post a photo!
      Have a wonderful week, Michael.

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  19. I had no idea there was a connection between Priapus and Odin! You are a fount of knowledge, Dolly. The scarecrow was always my favorite character in the Wizard of Oz. 🙂

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    1. You really think I had known that? I spend most of the time with each post on doing research. If anything, I am a fount of funky ideas, dear Anna!
      My favorite is the lion, which is reasonable – I am a Leo.

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  20. K E Garland says:

    Dr. Dolly, I had no idea the scarecrow had such a rich, cultural history.

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    1. Everything has a history, dear Dr Kathy; we just have to dig a little deeper, and I love doing it. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, dear friend!

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