Food Craze: Avocado Toasts

The latest food trend taking the culinary world by storm is the avocado toast. Instagram is part of the reason avocado toast has gained so much popularity. Instagram users upload photos of their avocado toast on a daily basis for fans and followers to drool over. Avocado toasts can be found at both gourmet and casual restaurants. Fancy brunch spots such as Café Gitane and Two Hands in New York City serve this foodie favorite. However, homemade avocado toast can taste just as good, and this simple dish keeps people craving for more. For those who have never heard of this phenomenon before, an avocado toast is just that — a slice of warm, toasted bread of your choice topped with a delicate mash of creamy avocados.

Both satisfying and delicious, avocados are versatile fruits that provide a variety of health benefits. Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, folate, B6, and vitamins C and K. Vitamin C is essential for normal growth and development while vitamin K aids in blood clotting. In addition, they also provide a substantial amount of heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids in half a serving. When used in place of saturated and trans fats, monounsaturated fats help to lower blood cholesterol. This powerful combination of healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber, and phytonutrients makes avocados ideal components of any meal.

Avocados are most often associated with guacamole, but there are many more uses for them aside from being used as a dip for chips. This high fat content in an avocado makes it a great substitute for oil and butter in baked goods. The products come out dense and moist without tasting like avocado at all.

However, just because avocados contain all of these great health benefits doesn’t mean you should consume an entire avocado in one sitting. It may be best to just stick to ¼ or ½ an avocado and save the rest for another time.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try out an avocado toast recipe for yourself. Below, you can find a recipe for the standard avocado toast followed by several variations.

The Quintessential Avocado Toast

1 slice bread of your choice

½ avocado

A pinch of sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper

  1. Put bread in a toaster.
  2. Once the bread has been toasted, scoop the flesh of the avocado onto the bread and mash with a fork. Spread the mashed avocado evenly over the slice of bread.
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. Enjoy!

Below are some variations on the Quintessential Avocado Toast that highlight the versatility of this breakfast favorite.

Avocado Egg Toast: This variation provides an added boost of protein to round out any breakfast. Prepare the “Quintessential Avocado Toast” as described above and place a fried egg on top to finish it off.

Citrus Burst: To give your taste buds an energizing jolt, squeeze ½ a lemon over the prepared Quintessential Avocado Toast along with a drizzle of olive oil.

Kick of Heat: If you prefer adding a level of heat to your avocado toast, simply add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the prepared Quintessential Avocado Toast.

Tomato Toast: Add a few slices of bright, red plum tomatoes atop the Quintessential Avocado Toast to provide contrast in color, flavor, and texture.

Simple, convenient, and a breeze to assemble, it’s not wonder that avocado toasts have quickly become a breakfast and brunch staple.

Photo Credit: Emily Carlo

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