Thursday, May 18, 2017

10 Varieties of Gourmet Avocado Toast

Do you love avocados? I sure do! I like that they can be prepared differently.

At the Apel House We Have Avocados on and in:

  • Salads
  • With Tacos
  • Southwestern Egg Dishes
  • Smoothies With Mango, Kale Powder, and Orange Juice
  • Guacamole


I Also Use the Avocado Seeds in Smoothies:
  1. Slice the seed with a knife. Be careful it's slippery!
  2. Run the seed under warm water, and start to peel the dark brown peeling off the seed.
  3. Cut the seed in 4 sections. 
  4. Grind a section in a coffee grinder.
  5. Add it to a smoothie. 
*Note: the seed of an avocado lasts a really long time, much longer than an avocado its self! I keep the unused seed in a bag in the refrigerator.

10 Ways to Make Gourmet Avocado Toast:

*Note: I got the test and pictures below from this site. They asked me to share their article. It is edited by me.

I never knew that avocado toast was a thing. Now that I know about it, we're certainly going to have it in our house!

This combination of avocado on toast is super easy to make. It is creamy, rich, and full of flavor. You might be surprised at how easy it is to make gourmet avocado toast. Of course, before you can start working on these (and your own) gourmet avocado toast creations, it pays to quickly refresh ourselves on the quickest and easiest ways to get into an avocado, remove the seed, and prepare it for toast. It might seem elementary, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who approach cutting avocado the wrong way. I know my husband has corrected me a time or two. View the graphic below for the steps involved. You’ll note the graphic suggests either slicing or mashing the avocado before applying it to your toast. This is a personal preference. Suggestions: Lemon, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili flakes below, but there are no limitations to seasoning. We even like paprika on ours.

10 Ways to Make Gourmet Avocado Toast - Preparing Your Avocado
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To Spark Some Inspiration, Below is a List of Ten Non-traditional Ideas:

1. Eggs Benedict 

For a hip take on a traditional American brunch, make Eggs Benedict Avocado Toast. Toppings Include: Canadian bacon, poached egg, and hollandaise sauce. You could use a toasted English muffins for the base.

If you’ve never poached an egg before, don’t worry. It’s actually pretty easy! Start with a pot of water. About two to three inches should do the trick. Add a splash of lemon juice or vinegar to boost the acidity; this will help the eggs stay intact. Heat the water to a rolling boil, then bring it back down to a simmer. Add the eggs with a metal measuring cup or ladle. After five minutes, scoop them out and serve.

2. Goat Cheese + Chives

If you love the creaminess of avocado, you’ll adore the richness of goat cheese. To combine the two, add chunks of goat cheese to avocado toast. You can also swirl softened goat cheese with mashed avocado for a mouthwatering marbled effect. Complement the dish with a pinch of chives. Lucky for us, we have chives coming up in our garden already. :)

*Did you know - Goat cheese and Feta cheese are more tolerable than most cheese for people with lactose intolerance. They are both filled with calcium.

3. Tomato + Mozzarella + Basil

Fans of classic Italian food will adore this yummy combination. Simply add tomato slices and fresh mozzarella to avocado toast. Small cherry tomatoes work best. Top it off with fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil. Enhance the Italian vibe by using thin slices of ciabatta bread for the toast.

4. Goat Cheese + Pomegranate Seeds

Goat cheese is an amazing complement for sweet flavors. On avocado toast, its rich, tangy taste can really take things up a notch. It can be added in chunks or swirled into mashed avocado (brie would also work amazingly here). Finish it off with a handful of vibrant pomegranate seeds; your taste buds will love it.


5. Salsa + Corn + Cheese

Turn your love for Mexican food into a fancy avocado toast. Start with a layer of your favorite salsa. You can even use mango salsa for a fun summer twist. Add a spoonful of corn followed by a layer of grated cheese. Cheddar works best, but use what you love or have on hand. If you would like, add a dash of taco seasoning and lime juice. The result is one big tasty nacho.

10 Ways to Make Gourmet Avocado Toast - 5 Types of Avocado Toast
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6. Quail Eggs + Tomato + Parsley + Sunflower Seeds

Nothing says “gourmet” quite like quail eggs. These delicate and delicious eggs are a little more difficult to source, but worth it for the taste. Of course, if sourcing quail eggs is too tricky, regular hen eggs will work. Eggs and tomato pair perfectly in many breakfast combinations, but the magic here is in the texture of the sunflower seeds and the sharp freshness of the flat-leaf parsley (fresh, not dried!).

7. Cream Cheese + Manzanilla Olives + Tomato + Herbs 

This combination will give avocado toast a delicious Mediterranean spin. Marinated olives and tomatoes are a must, especially if you want to bulk it up. For easy serving, chop up olives, into small cubes. For added flavor, finish it off with oregano, dill, or mint. Toasted pita bread or flat bread can be used as the base.

8. Blueberries + Spinach + Lime + Sea Salt

If you’re looking to get the best nutritional bang for your buck in an avocado toast combination, look no further than this. Blueberries, or in our case June Berries. Spinach. Avocado. The added bonus is that this vitamin-packed combo tastes great. The acidity of the lime juice will cut through and complement the creamy avocado, while the spinach and blueberries will provide texture and added flavor.

9. Mango + Red Cabbage + Lemon 

Mango and lemon can add a summery touch to any meal, and avocado toast is no exception. This idea calls for mango slices, chopped red cabbage and fresh lemon (plus the zest, if you’re feeling particularly, well, zesty). Complementary spices include ground black pepper, basil, and cilantro. You can also prepare a mango relish ahead of time. It is a deliciously easy way to up your daily fruit and veggie intake!

10. Crab Meat + Corn + Chipotle Powder

Inspired by the notes of Caribbean cuisine, this arrangement is full of personality. Imitation crab meat is perfectly fine if you don’t have access to fresh crab. It’s easy to find and budget-friendly. To make this version, mix chunks of crab meat with corn and chipotle powder. Cayenne pepper, mint, and cilantro are also excellent choices.

 This list is just the beginning. Look for inspiration in your favorite meals and dishes. By using unconventional ingredients that you know and love, gourmet avocado toast will just be a slice away.

10 Ways to Make Gourmet Avocado Toast - Capturing the Ripe Window
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No article on avocados would be complete without some hacks on how to capture the elusive “ripe window”. We’ve all been there; an avocado is too hard to use on toast one day, and then overnight it’s brown and overripe and unusable. It borders on criminal neglect to allow a good avocado to go to waste, so before we send you out into the world to make your own avocado toast combinations (and the ones we’ve suggested), we thought it imperative to create the illustration above, to show you how to buy, store, and preserve the ripe window of avocados for longer.

Happy shopping, slicing, mashing, and toasting!

How would you use avocado on toast?

1 comment:

Theresa Mahoney said...

I really love eating avocados! I never thought to blend the pit and put in in smoothies though. Going to have to do that soon!

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