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Avocado chips go viral

The avocado is on a roll. (I will avoid whatever pun that might lead to.)

Sitting at a dim sum restaurant in Naperville, IL, I happened to be facing a TV screen, which alerted me to the food sensation of the moment: avocado chips.

Yes, you can buy avocado chips in bags at Trader Joe’s and other retailers. But Erin Morley put up a recipe on TikTok that has allegedly gotten 3 million views.

It’s simple enough so that the video showing the recipe is less than two minutes long. All you do is take an avocado, mash it, add an egg and some Parmesan cheese (Reggiano, I would imagine, for true gourmets). Then bake them at 350 degrees for around a half hour. Some sources recommend adding lemon juice to prevent discoloration. You can, of course, add whatever spices suit your taste.

You can shape the resulting mixture into the size of your choice—very small if you really want chips. Morley, however, makes them larger (roughly the size of a slice of eggplant), which, she says, can be used as a substitute for bread.

I haven’t made them yet, but they do look tempting.

I am not a fan of diets of any kind, especially those whose names end in -o, but apparently this fits well into keto diets (a subject about which I have kept myself rigorously ignorant).

The next question: how much of an avocado lover are you? To determine, decide whether you would serve these with guacamole.

Richard Smoley, contributing editor for Blue Book Services, Inc., has more than 40 years of experience in magazine writing and editing, and is the former managing editor of California Farmer magazine. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities, he has published 12 books.