Love it or hate it, avocado toast is impossible to ignore. Luckily, we love it, and think it deserves more credit for being a hearty, delicious combo of creamy avocado and crisp-chewy toasted sourdough bread with whatever toppings your heart desires. At its simplest, it has to have lemon juice, plenty of flaky sea salt, and some sort of red pepper flake. At its most complex (and most expensive), it can have anything from diced tomatoes, cucumber, and chopped feta to smoked salmon, capers, and pickled red onions.
While this classic breakfast is relatively simple to create, our top tips will help you perfect it, exactly as you like it. Keep reading on for everything you need to know:
Choose the right avocados:
We suggest using ripe (but not too-ripe) avocados for avocado toast. Choose avocados that you can squeeze slightly, but aren’t overly soft or brown. Tip: You want to be able to spread the avocado across the toast without it turning to mush.
How to make the best avocado toast:
To get the absolute best avocado toast, pan-frying your bread in olive oil is a must. Sure, you could pop the bread in the toaster and call it a day, but something magical happens when you crisp your bread in a generous drizzle of good extra-virgin olive oil. The cooking process infuses the bread with the slightly peppery and fruity notes from the oil while creating an evenly golden brown crust with the perfect level of crunch while maintaining the signature sourdough chew in the middle. That’s something a toaster can’t top. With a little TLC and the right ingredients, avocado toast becomes so much more than something that boomers make fun of millennials for paying $12 for.
Avocado toast variations:
Half the fun of avo toast is choosing your own adventure! Make it as-is and top with red pepper flakes, a squeeze of lemon juice, or everything bagel seasoning. Once you get the basics down, try some of these fun flavor combos:
— Smoked salmon, pickled red onion, everything bagel seasoning & fresh dill.
— Goat cheese crumbles, harissa, poached egg & basil.
— Pico de gallo, cilantro & lime juice.
— Fried egg, chili crisp, scallions & sesame seeds.
Did you try making this breakfast staple? Let us know how it went in the comments!
Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Juice from 1 lemon
Flaky sea salt
extra-virgin olive oil
slices whole wheat sourdough
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes