They say that true love finds you, and you don’t find it. Cliché, I know. But that’s what happened with me and avocado toast.
I can’t even tell you when we met or when I first tried it. All I know is, it’s been true love ever since.
The concept is simple: Toast a piece of good, hearty bread. Take an avocado and mash it up with some lemon and sea salt. Spread the mixture on the bread, sprinkle with some pepper, and top with your greens of choice. Adding a poached egg takes things to the next level, but if you’re in a crunch for time, you can leave it out.
It only takes minutes to make, but you’re left with something fresh, delicious and pretty. I’m a big believer in making food look good. It can still taste delicious if it doesn’t. But when a dish looks beautiful, you’re more apt to enjoy it.
I also think having quality bread helps. I’ve heard a million times that the key to a good sandwich is having good bread, and it’s so true. There’s nothing worse than soggy or stale bread, so you need something that will hold up to whatever you put on top. I usually go with a whole wheat, whole grain or some variation.
So yeah…toast is pretty amazing. I would encourage you to create the toast of your dreams. Having it in your recipe repertoire is the equivalent of having a good friend. It’s always there for you when you need it, and rarely does it disappoint.
Avocado Toast with Poached Egg (from me)
2 pieces of thick bread
Half a lemon or a whole, depending on how lemony you want it
Pinch of sea salt
Handful of micro greens (or whatever greens float your boat)
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350. While the oven is heating, put the avocado in a small bowl and squeeze some lemon juice over it. Put in a pinch of sea salt. Mash up the mixture with a fork until there are some large chunks but everything is combined.
Heat water in saucepan over high heat until bubbles start forming in the bottom of the pan and steam is rising. Add a pinch of salt or a splash of white wine vinegar to help the egg stay together. Turn down the heat slightly so the water doesn’t boil, and start making a funnel by stirring the water with a spoon. Carefully pour an egg into the hole you’ve created in the middle of the water. Things will look crazy for a few seconds, but the white should start to cover the yellow yolk and it will calm down.
Meanwhile, toast your bread. Spread the avocado mixture on the slices and sprinkle with some ground pepper. Put some micro greens on top and then add the poached egg. Enjoy immediately.
Lovely post Emily! Yes, I totally echo your love for avo toast, it’s become quite the phenomenon over the past year or so, despite being something I’ve eaten for years! Other than the poached egg, my favourite things to do with avo toast are to add chilli flakes or dukkah (with lemon oil, yum), to add peas and mint (possibly some feta too) to the mashed avo mix or to add strawberries and mint with heaps of cracked black pepper (trust me, it works!) and a little drizzle of reduced balsamic. So good! And totally agree re having good bread!
Ooh the strawberries, mint and balsamic is a great idea! I’m definitely going to try that soon. And yes, good bread is essential! It’s the foundation for everything else.
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