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New-Age Avocado Ritz Recipe

Avocado Ritz Photo : Jackie Cameron

Avocado Ritz
Photo : Jackie Cameron

New-Age Avocado Ritz

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

Reviving the classical avocado Ritz seems appropriate for this traditional occasion. That’s what we’ll have because my parents’ avocado pear trees are laden with the very best of the creamy - smooth fruit. A crème fraiche spicy dressing drizzled over lightly-blanched, firm shrimps is best with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some crisp Melba toast. There are some flavour combinations that will never die.

Yields : 4 portions

Ingredients :

Dressing :

250ml Crème Fraiche

6 drops Tabasco Sauce

1.5ml Worcestershire Sauce

10ml All Gold Tomato Sauce

2.5ml Whiskey

2.5ml freshly squeezed Lemon Juice

Fine Salt and Black Pepper

Extras :

4 small Avocado

1 Lemon, into Wedges

Micro Herbs or fresh herbs as garnish

Homemade crispy one day old bread made into Melba Toast

500gr salted Butter

24 King Prawns, shelled and deveined

Method :

1) Mix up all dressing ingredients and set aside for later serving

2) Prepare avo, lemon, garnish and melba toast

3) Heat a pan-just before serving, add butter and allow heating until the beurre noisette stage or until nutty aromas are released

4) Do prawns in stages so to not over load your pan. Place prawn in butter, leave until colour changes and curling just starts, turn over and continue process until slightly cooked. Final cooking can take place on serving to heat.

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713

Avocado Salad Recipe

Avocado Salad Photo : Jackie Cameron

Avocado Salad
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Avocado Salad Recipe

An entire salad devoted to the versatile avocado is nutritious and tasty. The sliced red onion awakens the palate allowing the flavours to come through. Fresh green apples, bean sprouts and the optional extra of smoked salmon enhance everything the avo has to offer. Delicious!

Avocado, Red Onions, sliced Green Apple and Bean Sprouts with Smoked Salmon Salad

Yields :  4

Ingredients :


6 T Olive Oil

3 T freshly squeezed Lemon Juice

Salt and Pepper

1 t Sugar


2 Avocado-sliced

1 Granny Smith Green Apple

80g Red Onion – sliced

½ punnet Bean sprouts

100g Smoked Salmon

Method :

1) Add the lemon juice to the olive oil and whisk. Season with salt and pepper, then add the sugar

2) Slice the apple and the avocado and place the above dressing over this. Remove the apple and avocado on service and keep the left over dressing

3) Use a flat plate (we used a mirror as our “plate”) and layer your salad as you wish including all the ingredients

4) Finish with a grind of black pepper and a drizzle of the remaining dressing

 Please post your comments and any food-related questions below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
+27 33 263 2713