Spicy Avocado Toast
Updated: Jul 28, 2020
With avocado's creamy texture, versatility, and many health benefits, it's no wonder this fruit is so popular as a breakfast and brunch option!
The concept of avocado on toast is now old news, but I like to think back to the first time someone tried it and how it came to be. Surely it would seem a bit odd, like spreading bananas on toast. But - alas - it worked, and I'm SO glad it did, because it's one of my favorite breakfasts!
For those of you with kiddos at home, my one-year-old daughter is also a huge fan of avocado toast. I'll toast a piece of multigrain bread and spread on a layer of avocado mixed the same way I'd make my own, minus the cayenne and/or red pepper flakes, and cut it in squares. She devours every bite - I'd say it's kid approved!
Of course, the first step is finding a perfectly (or mostly perfect) ripe avocado, the subject of many all-too-true memes. One of my favorites is this one by @kaydenhines:
Now, let's make Spicy Avocado Toast!
Once you've acquired what you believe to be a ripe avocado (which you can gauge by pressing the flesh gently but firmly with your thumb - if it gives relatively easily, it's most likely ready), grab a small bowl, a fork, and spices. My standard spices for avocado toast are garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. You can also squeeze a little fresh lime juice in there for some brightness - plus, that'll help keep the color a bright green instead of turning brown on you. Then, start smashing!
Here's what it will look like:
Once you have your avocado smash ready to spread, it's time to prep the vehicle (how you'll get it to your mouth) and toppings! I love toasting up some sourdough in a frying pan with some olive oil, garlic powder and salt until golden brown. If you haven't tried doing this yet, y'all have got to get on it.
Try it for this recipe, it's perfect! You definitely want a good crunchability to contrast with the creamy consistency of the avocado (is crunchability a word? It is now), so be sure you toast the bread until it's nice and crunchy.
Now, prep some of your toppings for your avocado toast. You can use anything from sautéed shallots or onions, cilantro, tomatoes, or sauerkraut, to a fried egg or even a hash brown. I haven't tried the hash brown... but I'm picturing Trader Joe's frozen hash browns which are incredible and remind me of McDonald's hash browns... Mmmm.
The final step: spread your avocado mash onto your toasty bread, then add any desired toppings. Sprinkle on some cashew parmesan, chili flakes or Sriracha, and you're done.
Breakfast or brunch is ready!
Versatile, heart-healthy and satisfying, this Spicy Avocado Toast is the
perfect way to get your day started.
Recipe for Spicy Avocado Toast
Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients for Avocado Spread
1 ripe avocado
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
dash of cayenne if you like it spicy
pepper to taste
For the Toast
2 slices of sourdough or your favorite bread
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt to taste
Hashbrown like the ones from Trader Joe's
Sauteed shallots or onions
To cut the avocado, hold it with your non-dominant hand. With your other hand, use a knife to gently slice into the top of the avocado until you hit the seed. While firmly holding the avocado and rotating it backward, guide the knife down the side of the pit slicing into the flesh. Rotate the avocado and the knife until reaching the other side of your initial cut. Put the knife down and rotate either side opposite one another and pull. Then, with the seed-side of the avocado laying up on the counter, use the sharp side of your knife to CAREFULLY slam into the seed. Grab the other side of the avocado and rotate it until the seed comes out. Phew, that was a mouthful.
Using a large spoon, carve the meat out of the avocado and scoop into a small bowl. Add the lime juice and desired spices. Use a fork to mash the avocado to your desired consistency, or until all ingredients are incorporated.
Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and press either side of the bread into the pan, coating them with the oil. Sprinkle garlic powder and salt on either side, and sauté until both sides are golden brown. Remove from heat. Prepare any toppings you'd like.
Spread avocado onto toast, add toppings, and enjoy!
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