Avocado Toast

May 13, 2008 · 19 comments · Print This Post

in Bread / Rolls, Breakfast, Snacks


CK and I are really enjoying our weekly Boston Organics deliveries. We even purchased a cooler to leave in the lobby for the nice delivery man to transfer our yummy fruits and veggies into for safe keeping until one of us wanders home from work.  I had to revive my lettuce a few too many times before I realized…oh duh…maybe this stuff needs a better home than a green plastic tote for eight hours.

So all in all it’s going very well.  Except for the avocados.  Over the last five weeks I’ve thrown out five avocados.  How horrible is that!  I feel guilty every time I have to toss the poor guys into the trash, but I just haven’t been able to think of a anything to do with them other than possibly make guacamole.  The thing is…I sort of hate guacamole and until Sunday morning I sort of disliked avocados.  I’d eat it if you put it in front of me, or you wrapped it up in sushi, but I’d never go out of my way to buy or use them.  But then CK shared a post on Google Reader about making Avocado Toast, and our friend Anna chimed in with a resounding email response of, “This is totes my favorite snack!!!!”  It appeared imminent that avocado and I would be forced to meet once again, and meet we did — spread on warm toast with a simple concoction of spices. It was a phenomenally good time!  From now on I promise that CK and I will be fighting over the avocados in our house and I vow to never throw one out ever again.

Avocado Toast (Based on Dani’s original recipe at Messy Cookin via Projectionist)
Makes 3 slices of delicious avocado topped bread

1 avocado
3 slices of bread (Note: I used Arnold Country White.  When I’m “bad” I’m very very bad).
Red Pepper Flakes
Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Olive Oil

Toast the bread.  Slice the avocado in half, remove the flesh and place into a small bowl.  Mash the avocado with a fork and spread onto the toasted bread.

Sprinkle the toast with Red Pepper Flakes, salt and pepper, and drizzle lightly with olive oil.

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1 rachel May 13, 2008 at 7:36 am

I literally gasped when I read you threw out avocados! They are like $2 each here and we are very reverent of the avocado.

I like them on saltines, sort of a variation of the avocado toast. Also: on tuna or chicken salad sandwiches.

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2 chip May 13, 2008 at 8:57 am

Second Rachel’s gasp. Avocado, sweet onion and grapefruit salad always makes me happy.

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3 Erin May 13, 2008 at 9:59 am

Rachel & Chip – Sorry to freak you guys out! I’m reformed now! I promise! This was sort of like my own version of a Real World Confessional…I wont let the avocados go bad on the counter any more 🙂

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4 RobynT May 13, 2008 at 10:05 am

Sounds good. Brings back memories of avocado and jelly sandwiches my dad made for me as a kid. It seems so different from any other way I would eat avocado, but I guess maybe in Asia avocado is more often used with sweet things. We would always use guava jelly. Not sure if I’d try it with the more common stuff like strawberry or grape.

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5 chip May 13, 2008 at 10:07 am

Next time, just face west, get a running start and throw them as far as you can towards the Connecticut River.

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6 Elle May 13, 2008 at 10:48 am

Mmmm.. simple, but so delicious! I’ve got to try this.

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7 Hänni May 13, 2008 at 11:32 am

Avocados are awesome. Now that I live in the Southwest it’s like mandatory that I have them–whether in guacamole or in southwestern salads–at least once a week. I would probably eat them more often but they are $$$.

There’s a restaurant here that stuffs them with cheese and fries them. aye chihuahua!

(I’ve also heard they are good for breakfast blended up with water and poured over apricots.)

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8 Erin May 13, 2008 at 11:52 am

I used to dislike avocados too, but all those years living in southern California among so many awesome Mexican restaurants changed me. I tried this toast recipe the other day when it came through CK’s shared items and it is GOOD!

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9 farida May 13, 2008 at 6:36 pm

We made a nice guacamole and devoured it yesterday:) your toast looks yummy:)

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10 Alice May 13, 2008 at 10:15 pm

What!! It’s a crime to throw out an avocado…did you know that they are packed full of vitamins and good fat. There’s lots of recipes…such as avocado icecream, in various salads. Anyhow I’ll have to do a posting on what else you can do with avocado other than eating it as guacamole. Don’t throw out this little collection of goodness out – such a waste when they’re so expensive.

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11 ttfn300 May 14, 2008 at 7:44 am

While I do love it on sandwhiches and in guac, I was recently looking for a new way to use a ripe avocado I had and came across a recipe for avocado pie (for that I can point you to Pinch My Salt’s blog) which was delicious!! I’ll definately be making that again, and spreading it on toast 🙂

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12 FlaNBoyant Eats May 14, 2008 at 9:58 am

yes yes yes! girl, what a great snack idea, especially when i’m trying to lose a few inches… though spoiling is such an issue. i had to throw out 6 once also and the worse part is that it was on a night i was catering a party! sigh.

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13 kat May 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm

OMG. you must nit be from california! 😉 i live on them during the summer.

here are some ideas!

the toast you have above – love that.
omlettes. mmmm.
straight up with olive oi, salt and pepper. a little bit of lemon juice.
in your salads.
avocado soup!
make sushi! with avocado!
wrap with swiss cheese and turkey in a tortilla
avocado bacon sandwich.

really the sky IS the limit!

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14 cookinpanda May 14, 2008 at 5:39 pm

I can’t believe you through out avocados! I went to buy a few yesterday (in NY) and they were 3 dollars EACH! I’m glad that you ended up just spreading avocado on toast. It’s one of my favorite ways to eat an avocado. I sometimes just spread them on a thinly sliced pieces of baguette, as if it were butter (because it practically is…) Mmmm. Good. Anyway, enjoy your avocados!

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15 katy May 14, 2008 at 9:24 pm

cookinpanda — I was thinking that! They are so monstrously expensive here. I stick them in salads though – just chopped up plain. A little healthy fat! Yum. Shockingly, though, I’ve never tried them plain with toast — I definitely will.

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16 Cate O'Malley May 14, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Mmmm, love avocados, so buttery and good. Try a BLT with slices of avocado. We also serve sliced up avocado and just drizzle it with EVOO, a little bit of hot sauce and salt and pepper. Delish and easy.

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17 Amy May 15, 2008 at 9:02 am

My mom recently discovered avocado smeared on toast in lieu of butter, and she loves it. I love avocado in any form, but found it a little bland smeared on toast solo…this is the answer, I think! Doctoring it up a bit with red pepper, olive oil, s&p sounds perfect.

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18 Cherina September 24, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Try a sprinkle of lemon juice over the top. Lemon and avocado are a match made in heaven!

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