Avocado Toast (Tips & Recipes)
let’s talk about avocado toast. It’s trendy, healthy, and delicious. It’s also a great way to start your day. But if you know me, then you already know that I can be particular about my food choices. I love avocado toast so much because of its perfect combination of flavor and texture; meltingly soft bread topped with creamy avocado with a touch of lemon juice and olive oil that perfectly complements the ingredients. It looks so appetizing I always try to stop myself from gobbling it down.
The thing is, making avocado toast isn’t always easy. It can be hard to find good bread that is also soft enough and has a decent flavor. I’ve found that the best pan for avocado toast is the one my dad bought at Bed Bath & Beyond for $25 in high school (It’s actually still pretty nice, though).
If you want your avocado toast to be a success, then here are some tips to get it right:
1. Use good bread - The best bread is challah or sourdough. My dad says that you should use these types of bread because they are much softer and have a better flavor than conventional white bread. However, my mom says that the best way to figure out which type of bread is best is to a) talk to the people behind the bakery counter at your grocery store and b) just try them out yourself.
2. Use good avocado - When selecting an avocado, choose one that yields to gentle pressure when you squeeze it. It should also be green in color on the inside and not too soft.
3. Use lemon juice – The acid in lemon juice helps offset the fat in the avocado, making it easier for your body to digest. I add lemon juice to the avocado when I am making it for my father and my siblings because they all like their avocado with a bit of acid.
4. Use olive oil – The extra fat in the avocado is further offset by the acid in lemon juice, and also adds flavor to the toast.
5. Use enough bread – Three slices should do the trick. Too little bread or too much bread won't be pleasurable to eat, which defeats the purpose of having avocado toast in the first place.
6. Toast in a non-stick pan – Avocado is quite sticky, so you need to use something non-stick once it's chopped up into small pieces (preferably metal).
7. Temper the avocado – To prevent your avocado from getting brown, it is best to add lemon juice and olive oil to the avocado before spreading it on the toast. Then let it sit for 5 minutes with a plate on top of it to block the air then mix them together.
8. Use crunchy vegetables - Crispy vegetables add texture and flavor to your avocado toast and should be served immediately for extra freshness. Some great combinations include: diced celery, red onion, bell peppers, sliced radishes, cucumbers (with lemon juice), pickled jalapeños, shredded carrots or beets. However you like!
9. Add salt - The avocado is very sweet, so you don't need much salt. If you are using a large avocado and want to add some salt, then I recommend adding it after the toast has been toasted.
10. Use lemon or lime juice – It will brighten up the avocado toast, giving it a citrusy taste that adds something fresh to the dish. Personally, I prefer using lemon because of its freshness and better taste than lime juice.
11. Don't over-toast the bread – Your bread should be golden brown and toasted but not burnt too quickly. If your bread is sitting too close for too long in the pan, then it will get soggy from the oil and toast.
12. Thin Away From the Foil – When you remove the toast from the pan, it may still be toasted on one side and not be cooked enough on the other. This is where a thin spatula comes in handy to help get rid of any extra toast or your fingers.
13. Serve while it's hot – Immediately! Your avocado will only taste better when it is warm and fresh from being toasted in a pan rather than at room temperature, which can make your avocado a bit tough and unpleasant to eat.
14. Use a cooling method if it's toasty – If your toast is too dark on one side, you can use a spoon or another utensil to scoop up the avocado on the other side and put it in the center. This will help you evenly distribute the avocado to all of your toast.
15. Make sure there's enough cheese - Even though I love my avocado toast so much, I always make sure that there is enough cheese spread on it before eating. It’s important to have enough so that you can spread it evenly over your pieces. And don’t be stingy when adding the cheese either; there should be enough!
16. Use a sweet spread - If you are using a bread that is sweeter than sourdough, then you may want more of a neutral spread like avocado or hummus. Or you can also choose to use honey, peanut butter or Nutella.
17. Don't forget the sugar (if it's necessary) - Plain yogurt makes for an excellent spread over avocado toast, but if you want your toast to be sweeter, then you should consider adding sugar. Regardless of whether you are using plain yogurt or cheese for your toast, adding sugar will make it taste better!
18. Season it - It is important to season the avocado toast with whatever food you are using (as mentioned above).
How to Make the Best Avocado Toast
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and place an oven rack in the middle of the oven.
2. Toast the bread on a low heat (275-300 degrees F), until golden brown
3. While you are waiting for your bread to toast, heat up a pan and add oil (to prevent stickiness) to it
4. Add chopped avocado to the pan and mix, occasionally turning it so as not to burn all of your ingredients
5. Add lemon juice, olive oil and salt and mix again
6. Spread cheese all over the avocado toast
7. Bake for 10-15 minutes on each side
Now, that you have the recipe for the perfect avocado toast, I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do!
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-Additional Tips for Avocado Toast
1. Use the right bread.
2. Use the right avocado.
3. Use the right ingredients.
4. Temper the avocado and stir well before adding toasted bread.
5. Sprinkle with seasonings, salt, pepper and herbs (if desired) before serving .
6. Don't forget to preheat your toaster or microwave for your slice of toast!
7. Spread veg on toast for a healthier way to create a sandwich!
-Ingredient Substitute Guide for Avocado Toast (And Other Delicious Recipes!)
-How To Substitute Ingredients In Your Favorite Dishes (And Know What You're Ordering!)
1. Using Other Spreads – In the event that you're looking to make a sandwich with avocados in it but you have no avocados, then an avocado spread tastes almost just as good. Another great alternative to this is simply peanut butter, which is available in both smooth and crunchy versions. If you get the smooth variety, then make sure that it's unsweetened.
2. Using Other Vegetables on Your Toast – Another great alternative if you do not have avocados or do not want to use them is using cucumbers on your toast. Cucumbers are a great way to start your day because they contain a lot of water and they also help keep your skin hydrated throughout the day
3. Using Other Types of Cheese – As mentioned previously, if you do not have avocados, then cheese will taste just as good. However, if you would rather stay away from dairy products in your diet, then you may be interested in using nut cheese. This great topping can be found at most specialty stores and is made from walnuts or hazelnuts, among other natural ingredients. It tastes delicious with toast!
4. Using Honey – Another alternative to the avocado is honey, which has a lot of nutrition and it also has a nice taste!
5. Using Nuts – Another great alternative that gives your toast a nutty taste is to use a nut spread of some sort. Nut spreads include things like Nutella, peanut butter and peanut butter powder. What is amazing about these types of spreads is that they are high in protein and contain calcium, iron and other nutrients as well!
6. Using Mashed Avocado – Another great alternative to avocados is mashed avocado. Mashed avocados work the same way that mashed potatoes do; they taste great sprinkled on toasted bread and seasoned with whatever you wish.
7. Using Canned Avocados – When it comes to using avocados, you can't go wrong with using the ones from a can. If you're looking to add a luxurious touch to your avocado toast, then consider using a brand that is high in quality and having a unique taste.
8. Using Peanut Butter or Nutella – Some of the best alternative spreads on my list include peanut butter and Nutella, which are both favorites among many people. If you are looking for something that is not sugar-based but looks similar to these two spreads, then consider using hummus. This dip has a really creamy consistency and it tastes great on toast!
9. Using a Baking Pan – One of the easiest alternative to using toast is using a baking pan. If you are looking for something that is easy to make and has a lot of flavor, then consider using tarts and quiches. These delicious desserts taste even better when they are baked with avocados in them!
10. Using Other Sugars – In addition to honey, there are also other types of sugars that can be used in place of sugar on your toast. There are many alternative sugars out there that have been used for centuries by many different cultures, including maple syrup, local honey and brown sugar (although this last one is more commonly used for pancakes).
11. Using Fresh Fruit – Another great alternative that you can use is fresh fruit, especially if you are not very fond of using sugars on your toast. Fresh fruits like berries, bananas and kiwis are all alternatives that can be used to complement your toast.
12. Using a Kale Salad – When it comes to using ingredients in your avocado toast recipe, you cannot go wrong with using a kale salad as an alternative ingredient. Kale salads are nutrient rich, making them a great option for breakfast or any other meal!
13. Using Other Cereals – Many people like to use grains in their toast, especially in the mornings. However, these days many people are avoiding grains and are instead replacing them with alternate ingredients, such as quinoa and oats. One of the best options when you want to eat your toast without grains is using two-grain varieties like wheatberries and oatberries.
14 -Using Other Vegetables – It's not just fruits that can be used on your avocado toast recipe. There are many alternative vegetables that work just as well. Cucumbers are perfect for your avocado toast because they work just as well as avocados, but are even better for you because they contain a lot of nutrients. Other vegetables that can be used on your avocado toast include carrots, zucchinis and peppers.
15. Using Fruits – Another great alternative to using the fruit that you may have on hand is using fruits in their frozen or fresh forms. Many people like to make fresh smoothies in the mornings, so it's not uncommon for them to use fruits like bananas and blueberries as part of their concoctions when they wake up. However, if you do not have time to make these types of smoothies, then consider using frozen fruits instead. Frozen fruits contain just as much nutrition as fresh produce and they also taste great on your toast!
16. Using Yogurt – Another great alternative that you can use is yogurt. The taste of this dairy product is similar to Greek yogurt and it's an excellent source of calcium, vitamins A, C and E and probiotics!
17. Using Vegetables – Many people like to eat vegetables in the mornings because they can be found easily in most supermarkets during the late morning hours. However, what many people may not realize is that vegetables can be used to replace the fruit in their avocado toast recipes. One of the best vegetables for replacing the banana in your toast is tomatoes. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps fight against cancer and other diseases!
18. Using Eggs – Another great alternative to using fruit on your toast are eggs because they taste just as delicious as any type of fruit! The great thing about eggs is that they are a source of protein, which makes them great for breakfast or any other meal.
19 -Using Fish – The last ingredient I can include on this list of ingredients that can be used instead of fruits and avocados is fish. Fish is a great alternative because it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and it contains a lot of protein, vitamin E and B vitamins.
20. Using Cream or Milk – When it comes to alternatives, there are plenty of options on the market to choose from. On my list of ingredients that you can use instead of avocados are cream and milk: two dairy products that have not been mentioned yet. Both contain calcium and other nutrients, which make them an excellent source for breakfast!
Avocado Toast Variations:
Sometimes you may be craving a different kind of avocado toast than what you usually enjoy. There are different kinds of avocado toast, such as breakfast avocado toast, lunch avocado toast and dessert avocado toast. For example, if you're looking for an alternative to avocados and bread, then consider making these delicious banana-nut oat cookies!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Ingredients – Makes 10 servings (1 cup each):
1 ripe banana – mashed (2 cups)
1/2 cup walnuts – crushed
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Preparation – Wash your hands and prepare the ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the banana and sugar together. Add the nuts and mix thoroughly. Flatten the dough to about 1/4 inch thick (you can use a rolling pin for this). Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Ingredients – Makes 4 servings:
Meat of 6 large shrimp – cooked, shelled and deveined
2 avocado – sliced thin, with the pits removed
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro – chopped finely (optional)
Preparation – Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease your cooking pan with either butter or oil. Then, place your shrimp in a pan and cook each side until golden brown (about 3 minutes per side). Set aside. Take each shrimp and place a slice of avocado in the middle. Roll the shrimp around the avocado so that it is completely covered. Lightly brush with lime juice and cilantro if desired. Cook on each side for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Ingredients – Makes 1 large bagel (or 2 mini bagels):
2 tablespoons butter – melted
1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preparation – Preheat your frying pan over medium low heat to medium high heat. Spread butter on your bagel. Mix honey and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Spread the mixture onto your bagel. Cook each side of the bagels until golden brown (about 5 minutes per side). Serve immediately!