Scarbelly's Smoked Nuts & Avocado-Cornbread Muffins

Discussion in 'Fruit, Nuts & Vegetables' started by bearcarver, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member



    I got a care package from my Buddy "Scarbelly" last week---What a guy !!!!

    Gary sent me a bag of his Awesome Smoked Mixed Nuts. They didn't last long, as my Son helped devour them during the Penn State game.

    He also sent me some Avocados!!!

    I never had Avocados before, and I tried just tasting it fresh, but it didn't thrill me.

    However, Gary also sent me a couple of Avocado recipe links, so I had all kinds of options to use these beautiful California Avos with.

    As you will see below, my favorite was the Avocado-Cornbread Muffins. They were very good, and even better after I poured a little real maple syrup on them, and nuked them up a little!!!

    I also stirred up a mixture of Salsa & Avocado for a pretty tasty Dip to use on some "Scoops".

    I didn't take any pictures of the nuts, but here is a link to a great thread.

    Link to Scarbelly's Chipotle/Garlic Mixed Nuts:    

     I did take some pics of my Muffin making (Below), and the Salsa.




    1 cup all-purpose flour
    ½ cup cornmeal
    1/3 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    ½ teaspoon salt
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    ¼ cup whole milk
    1 large ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, mashed


    1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 12-muffin tray.

    2) Sift together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk in eggs and milk until smooth. Add avocado and mix until just smooth.

    3) Pour mixture into prepared muffin tray. Bake until tops turn golden, about 25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in tray; remove to wire rack to cool completely.

    Link to recipe source:

    BTW: I didn't have any "Whole Milk", so I used 2 ounces of Butter Milk, and one ounce of 2% Milk---Worked Great !

    Thanks A Lot Gary----You're the Greatest !!!

    And thank you all for looking,


    Everything I used:


    Mashed up Avocado:


    All mixed up:


    Popped into oven:


    About a half hour later--------Beautiful !!!


    Hmmm, these would be good for St Patty's Day!!!


    Dip below is about half & half Salsa & Avocado:


  2. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Oh man, Papa Bear! Those muffins look awesome. I would love to have some fresh avacados, can't get anything worth a poop around here. Nice salsa too!
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    The muffins look awesome Bear!

    We love avocados, grow our own.

    Course they're not "California", but they are darn good.
  4. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Simply amazing, Man you guys are killing me. I am dying to try so many recipes.

    Thanks for sharing
  5. Those look perfect for St. Pat's Bear. For anytime really. I never heard of an avocado corn muffin before. Sounds interesting. Long time no see Squirrel. Hope all is well.
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Squirrel!!!

    Probably the first time I ever put anything in an oven that wasn't MEAT ! Momma Bear was watching closely !!!  [​IMG]


    Thanks Al !!


    Thanks SQWIB !!!

    Just trying to get even !!

  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Man those look good Bear. I have never had avocado in a muffin. I have had them deep fried and in ice cream but not in a muffin.

    Glad you liked them.  
  8. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    X's 2............looks and sounds good.
  9. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Damn I grew up on them things, I swear my mom probably juiced them and put them in my baby bottle.... lol. (I am originally from Santa Barbara.... lots and lots of avo's around there).

    Another fun one is to find somebody who has never eaten an artichoke and plunk one down in front of them, then watch their face as they try to figure out what the heck it is and how to eat it... lol. (not that I would ever do anything like that.... lol)
  10. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Wow, those muffins look awesome!  I would slice them puppies and fill them with some kind of a shrimp concoction, ...we have an avocado tree, couple a more months and I'll be trying this recipe for sure.

    I have Gary's smoked nuts on the To Do soon list, I'll probably try them before the muffins.

    Good to see ya trying something new, ...soon you will be cooking a 5 course meal.  LOL

    Last edited: Oct 19, 2011
  11. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    O Boy O Boy it looks amazing  .great idea i love avocado but never had it in a muffin .

    Bear ,, your Salmon on the muffin with a mix of 2 boiled eggs i tbs mayo 1 tsp mustard salt to taste on top of the muffin,  yummy.

    great job Bear
  12. Bear, you just don't know how much I would love to try one of your dishes sometime! :drool
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks again Gary!!!

    Would have never happened without you!!

    Now Mrs Bear says, "Oh those---I've seen those at the store. Their about $2 a piece".


    Thanks Rob---Gary made me do it !


    Thanks Johnny!!!

    I know about Artichokes & their hearts.

    Twenty years ago, when my Dad was on his last leg, he was eating a lot of them. He thought they would save him. It didn't work.

    RIP, Dad.

  14. jc1947

    jc1947 Smoking Fanatic

    Master Bear,

    You are truly a Master of food in all ways. Pit...grill...and now oven!

    I could eat that whole tray of muffins. I never met an avocado I didn't like but never tried muffins

    But they sure look fine. Thanks for the look see.


    Last edited: Oct 19, 2011
  15. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those muffins look interesting. not a huge avocado fan. Might have to try those.

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  16. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Nice job bear I love Avocados eat them almost everyday Dr. said they are real good for you...Where my daughter lives in Ca. there are miles and miles of them...
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Gene!!!

    Shrimp filled??? Awesome Idea!!!!

    LOL---5 course meal, no problem, as long as it's Meat, Meat, Meat, Meat, and-----More Meat !


    Thanks Aaron!!!

    Hey, My thread is supposed to make your drool---Now your ideas there are getting my salivary glands activated!!!!


    Thank You Much!!!

    You can handle it---My stuff is easy!!!--------I've seen a few of your threads!!!  6th place Comp ?!?!!----4th Place Chicken!!!---Not too shabby in my book!!!!

  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks JC !!!

    Those 12 didn't last long & I think the Mrs had 1.


    Thanks Brian,

    The muffins were definitely the best of what I tried.

    I like Gene's idea with throwing a couple shrimp in them!!!


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