This is a really simple side dish, but it's very tasty. I got the idea for this Japanese-inspired recipe from a local Asian restaurant that's a favorite of ours. Since they weren't about to give away their secret recipe, I decided to replicate it on my own. And here's the end result
Avocado With Sweet Soy Bean Paste
1 Tbsp. miso
1 Tbsp. sugar (I haven't tried honey as a healthier substitute, but it might work as well.)
1/2 Tbsp. mirin
1/2 Tbsp. sake
1/2 tsp. sesame seeds
1 avocado, sliced lengthwise
Directions: Boil the first four ingredients until it thickens into a sauce. Let cool & set aside. When cooled, drizzle sweet soybean paste over avocado & sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
Serving Suggestions: Garnish with shredded lettuce/cucumber, & pickled ginger. You can also add wasabi if you'd like. You could also steam or sauté eggplant & toss that into the mix. That would be a tasty addition.