If you have any doubt that toast has gone gourmet, remember that Gwyneth Paltrow compared toast (specifically, avocado toast) to “a favorite pair of jeans” in her 2013 cookbook It’s All Good ($20, amazon.com). And we all know Gwyneth means a very expensive, fancy favorite pair of jeans. More recently, the Better on Toast ($16, amazon.com) cookbook was released, and it is full of 70(!) different recipes for taking this morning staple to another level.
Still, we agree with Gwyneth that the tastiest way to get in on this trend is via the humble, yet versatile avocado. Whether you’re already a devotee of “avo toast” or not, we’ve got some variations on it that you’ve got to try.
As a guide: We used sprouted multigrain bread from Alvarado Street Bakery ($33 for 6 loaves—freeze them!, amazon.com), and about ¼ of an avocado for each slice, unless otherwise noted. Have 2 slices for a meal with a salad, or 1 slice as a snack.
Whole-grain (or sourdough) bread, mashed avocado, sea salt, black pepper. Add hot sauce or red pepper flakes for some heat, if you like.
Whole-grain bread, mashed avocado, 2 Tbsp. flaked smoked salmon, 1 tsp. lemon zest, pepper. Sliced red onion is optional.
Whole-grain bread, mashed avocado, 6 thin slices cucumber, 4 to 6 thin slices radish, 1 Tbsp. chopped olives. Drizzle with 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
Whole-grain bread, mashed avocado, 2 Tbsp. salsa (drained), 1 Tbsp. shredded Cheddar or jack. Broil until the cheese melts (watch carefully to prevent burning).
Whole-grain bread, mashed avocado mixed with 1 tsp. chia seeds, 2 tsp. each sunflower and hemp seeds, a splash of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Top with more seeds, if desired.
In a blender or food processor, combine 1 chopped avocado with 1/3 cup cacao powder, ½ cup pure maple syrup, a splash of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth, adding water 1 Tbsp. at a time if needed to reach desired texture. (Yield: About 1 cup; use about 2 Tbsp. per bread slice. Cover and refrigerate remaining chocolate-avocado spread, if you can stop yourself from eating it off a spoon.)
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