Making the Perfect Avocado Toast

Of course guacamole is the most common food that uses avocados, but another food commonly made with avocado toast.

When I first heard of avocado toast, I thought to myself…this is a food trend that will not last more than a year…and there is no way in Hades that I am ever going to even try it.

But I have found myself eating this reguarly.

It seems almost like common sense to be able to master the skill of avocado toast—toast your bread, smoosh up some avocados, smear onto your toast…how hard can that be?

Kinda like if you’re making cheese toast you toast your bread with cheese on it…and if you’re making cinnamon toast, you put cinnamon on it.

But there is one great difference between these two types of toast and avocado toast.

There is a plethora of avocado toast recipes out there—some simple, others more complex

Why?!

Because avocado toast is a great jumping off point for your endless possibilities…a blank canvas for a plethora of flavorful seasonal toppings.

Healthy 5 Minute Avocado Toast

***********

The Bread

Sure…you could use any kind of bread you just happen to have on hand…

But our goal is not to just make avocado toast…Our goal is to make the PERFECT avocado toast.

So as you can probably figure out, ordinary bread makes ordinary avocado toast…great bread makes great avocado toast.

The best type of bread to use for avocado toast will provide a sturdy base and a crisp texture to contrast with the creamy texture of the avocado.

Look for a crusty, sturdy, thick-sliced, whole grain or sourdough bread that will offer the  best flavor and substance to hold all of your avocado and whatever other toppings that you choose.

*****************

The Avocados

Just like the bread, the perfect avocado toast requires the perfect  avocados…ripe but not over-ripe Hass avocados that yield a bit to a gentle squeeze, but are not mushy or stringy on the inside.**************Classic Avocado Toast 2 slices of bread ½ large ripe avocado Salt and pepper to taste 2tsp lemon juice Optional ingredients

  • Toast the bread until browned and crisp. For an extra pop of flavor, lightly rub each slice of bread with the cut side of a halved garlic clove as soon as it comes out of the toaster. Lightly brush the toast with oil.
  • Mash the avocado directly on the toast…Mashing up your avocado will make it creamier and more luxurious.
  • Mash your avocado in a bowl before spreading it onto your toast, instead of trying to do on the surface of the bread. If you try to mash the avocado on top of the bread instead of a bowl, you could poke holes in your toast.
  • Cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit. Use a spoon to scoop the flesh into a bowl. Use a fork to  mash it up until mostly smooth with a few chunks. If the avocado is too chunky, the avocado will fall off of the toast. Top toasted bread with mashed  avocado mixture. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle desired toppings on top.

*********

Options

Bacon and Eggs…1 egg, scrambled…1-2 pieces crispy bacon

Everything Bagel…carrot, peeled into ribbons…Everything seasoning…diced red onion…capers…chives

Goat Cheese and Chives…2Tbsp goat cheese, crumbled…1tsp chives

Roasted Chickpea & Harissa…roasted chickpeas…harissa…feta… microgreens

Smoked Salmon and Red Onions…2 thin sliced smoked salmon… 2Tbsp thinly sliced red onions

Sushi…cucumber, peeled into ribbons…pickled ginger…sesame seeds… scallions…sliced nori, optional

Tex-Mex…pico de gallo…Cotija cheese…pepitas…pickled red onions…cilantro

Tomato Basil…1/4C halved cherry tomatoes…2Tbsp basil vinaigrette

****************************

Other Toppings to Consider

  • Bacon
  • Beans
  • Eggsfried, poached, or scrambled
  • Fresh greens…baby spinach, baby kale, arugula, mixed greens, sprouts, microgreens
  • Fresh herbs…basil, cilantro, parsley, dill
  • Fried egg or tofu
  • Hot sauce
  • Hummus
  • Jalapeno
  • Leftover roasted veggies
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Pesto
  • Pickled red onion
  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Sliced veggies…cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, radish
  • Smoked salmon…(lox)
  • Spices…pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika
  • Tahini  

Let’s take a look at some fun options…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: