A really refreshing and palate-tingling hors d’oeuvre, Watercress and Avocado Mayonnaise will set the tone at any dinner party.
4 small avocados
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh watercress
½ teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon black pepper
4 lettuce leaves
1 bunch watercress, washed and shaken dry
4 lemon slices, twisted
Using a sharp knife, slice a small piece from the base of the avocados so that they stand upright. Cut off a 1-inch slice from the other end of the avocados and remove and discard the stones. Spoon a little of the lemon juice over the cut surfaces of the avocados. Peel the cut slices and place the flesh in a small mixing bowl. Add the mayonnaise, chopped watercress, mustard and pepper and mash with a fork until the ingredients are well mixed.
Spoon the mixture into the hollows in the avocados. Place a lettuce leaf on each of 4 individual serving dishes and place the avocados on the lettuce leaves. Garnish with the watercress and lemon twists and serve immediately.