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Celebrate California Avocado Month With This Fresh Spin on a Summer Favorite

June 23, 2021 GMT
California Avocado & Shrimp Pizza by Mary Beth Porucznik for the California Avocado Commission Recipe Contest (Photo: Business Wire)
California Avocado & Shrimp Pizza by Mary Beth Porucznik for the California Avocado Commission Recipe Contest (Photo: Business Wire)

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 23, 2021--

California summers are filled with warm nights, trips to the coast and an abundance of fresh, local produce, like delicious in-season California avocados. Grown in the Golden State from San Diego to Monterey, the versatile fruit adds dynamic flavor and texture to everyone’s favorite summer dishes and is celebrated each June during California Avocado Month. With this in mind, the California Avocado Commission set out to discover Californian’s favorite California avocado recipes. Partnering with Modern Luxury, CAC hosted a recipe contest, asking California-based fans to submit their must-eat avocado dishes.

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California Avocado & Shrimp Pizza by Mary Beth Porucznik for the California Avocado Commission Recipe Contest (Photo: Business Wire)

Finalist recipes were tested with El Cajon’s Mary Beth Porucznik bringing home the grand prize of $1,000 plus a $400 restaurant gift card and a California avocado prize pack. with her delicious California Avocado & Shrimp Pizza recipe. Porucznik’s winning recipe was prepared by a Modern Luxury chef and professionally photographed to be featured on CaliforniaAvocado.com along with other finalist recipes.

“California Avocado Month is the perfect opportunity for home chefs to step up their recipes with delicious, fresh California avocados, which is why we hosted the California Avocado Recipe Contest,” said Jan DeLyser, CAC’s vice president of marketing. “It’s been exciting to see the enthusiasm from our fans with the variety of dishes shared and we hope to inspire consumers to create their own dish at home.”

Porucznik’s California Avocado & Shrimp Pizza features fresh, mouth-watering ingredients that combine to create a masterpiece of flavors and textures, including grilled shrimp, pickled onions and jalapeños, ricotta cheese and of course, creamy California avocados.

Three runners-up also received prize packs: Deborah Kosareff from Whittier with a Pan Fried Street Corn & California Avocado recipe, Yoshiharu Sogi from Sonoma with a California Avocado Wellington dish and Nicole Ruiz Hudson from Oakland with Southwest Chicken & California Avocado Tartines. All recipes were evaluated based on several key elements, including overall taste, presentation and creativity.


Currently in the peak of their season, California avocados are a heart-healthy fruit that are naturally sodium-, cholesterol-and trans fat-free. One-third of a medium avocado (50 g) has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a nutrient-dense choice.

California avocado enthusiasts can access seasonal recipes like these and more at CaliforniaAvocado.com and follow along at Facebook.com/CaliforniaAvocado, and on Twitter and Instagram at @ca_avocados.

California Avocado & Shrimp Pizza

Recipe created by Mary Beth Porucznik for the California Avocado Commission Recipe Contest

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 4 hours 25 minutes (includes 4 hours refrigeration of pickled onions)
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Avocado & Shrimp Pizza Ingredients:

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, reserve adobo
  • 2 ½ limes
  • 3/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. chipotle pepper adobo
  • 2 ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded, peeled and thinly sliced just before using
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 lb. prepared pizza crust or Pizza Dough (see make-ahead recipe below)
  • 1 cup Ricotta Pizza Sauce (see make-ahead recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup Quick Pickled Onions and Jalapeños (see make-ahead recipe below), drained

Avocado & Shrimp Pizza Instructions:

Ricotta Pizza Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 jalapeño, minced (remove seeds for less heat if desired)
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper, or to taste

Ricotta Pizza Sauce Instructions:

Pizza Dough Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups unbleached, high-gluten bread flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. ice cold water
  • 1/2 tsp. cornmeal, for dusting

Pizza Dough Instructions:

Quick Pickled Onions and Jalapeños Ingredients:

  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 large red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper, or to taste

Quick Pickled Onions and Jalapeños Instructions:

*Large avocados are recommended for these recipes. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

About the California Avocado Commission

Created in 1978, the California Avocado Commission strives to enhance the premium positioning of California avocados through advertising, promotion and public relations, and engages in related industry activities. California avocados are cultivated with uncompromising dedication to quality and freshness, by nearly 3,000 growers in the Golden State. The California Avocado Commission serves as the official information source for California avocados and the California avocado industry. Visit CaliforniaAvocado.com, join us at Facebook.com/CaliforniaAvocados and @CA_Avocados on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram or shop for California avocado merchandise at Shop.CaliforniaAvocado.com.

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SOURCE: California Avocado Commission

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