By now, you’ve probably heard at least one joke about a food often categorized as a staple of millennial breakfast menus: avocado toast! This breakfast treat has quickly become the face of the “treat yourself” movement among young adults, but don’t be fooled; this newly famous dish is perfect for all ages, and there are dozens of ways you can prepare it to your tastes.
But before you can start experimenting, you need to know how to make the basic version! Read on to learn how to make what hass to be one of the best breakfast options out there!
1. A Hass avocado (or whatever variety you prefer!)
3. A pinch of salt and pepper
How to Make Avocado Toast
Cut the avocado. This is the trickiest (and sometimes intimidating!) step for most avocado enthusiasts, but it’s actually not as hard as it looks! Here’s the easiest way to do it:
1. Cut the avocado lengthwise around the pit in the center. Do not try to cut through the pit.
2. Split the two halves apart and set them back on your cutting board.
3. Wedge the knife into the pit and remove it from the avocado. Push the pit off the edge of the knife carefully with your thumb. Dispose of the pit.
4. Cut the fruit in a cross-hatch pattern (four horizontal lines, four vertical).
5. Scoop out the fruit with a spoon. Place in a bowl or other container.
Mash the avocado. You can use a potato masher to do this the easy way, or simply use a fork. Either tool will get the job done just fine, but if you’re making a lot of avocado toast, you’ll find it much easier to prepare en masse with a potato masher in hand.
Mix with other ingredients if applicable! If you prefer your spices or other additions mixed in rather than sprinkled on top (such as salt, pepper, lemon juice, etc.) now is the time to do so. This can result in a more evenly spread flavor profile and offers a more consistent bite. If you prefer your toppings to be layered rather than mixed in, however, you can skip this step.
Toast your bread until crispy and golden-brown to avoid the risk of sogginess seeping in from the avocado. I suggest doing this step last so your toast will be fresh and—well, toasty—as possible! Nothing ruins breakfast faster than a soggy piece of toast.
Put it all together! Spread an even coating of your mashed avocado across your toast until you’re satisfied with the amount—usually half an avocado, or a whole one if you’re really looking to pack in the avocado flavor. At this point it will look just about ready to eat, but resist the urge! There’s one more step left to go…
Finish with your final toppings. Add salt and pepper to taste (as well as any other seasonings/toppings you desire) and enjoy your healthy homemade breakfast!
· If you’d like to add a bit of sweet to your savory, top your toast with some honey, other fruits (such as strawberries or oranges), or even some cocoa and maple syrup if you’re looking to get your chocolate fix first thing in the morning!
· Looking for something more substantial for your breakfast? Add a fried egg, some bacon, and another piece of toast on top and enjoy as a breakfast sandwich!
· Looking for a simple way to upgrade your avocado toast? Finish with some lemon juice and everything seasoning for a hint of citrus and spice—or, if you’re looking to evoke a similar flavor to guacamole, try some lime juice instead!
Common Mistakes to Avoid
Mashing the avocado on top of the toast
Many recipes recommend mashing the avocado on top of your toast, but this puts the integrity of your crispy toast base at risk for tearing and crumbling, as well as making it difficult to mix in your other seasonings and toppings if you prefer that route. No matter what, I recommend mashing the avocado before spreading it on your bread to achieve the best results.
Though avocado is perfectly fine all on its own, just a hint of salt and pepper can send it to a whole other level of delicious! Though it can be tempting to skip this step if you’re in a hurry, even a quick sprinkle of spice on top of your toast can take it from “meh” to “wow” in seconds!
Other Recipes to Pair Your Avocado Toast With
Maple Brown Sugar Bacon
This is an easy recipe to make as either an addition to your toast or a nice sweet and salty bite on the side; arrange bacon in a row on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with a generous amount of brown sugar, pop it in the oven at 425 degrees, and let it cook until it reaches the desired crispiness (usually 10-15 minutes, but could go longer depending on how crisp you like your bacon!). Flip halfway through to ensure even coating and cooking!
If you’re planning to serve your avocado toast for brunch, consider pairing it with a classic mimosa recipe, especially if you choose to garnish your avocado toast with citrus! Whether you add orange slices, lemon juice, or lime juice to your toast, it will pair beautifully with a glass of champagne and orange juice, whether you’re celebrating or simply enjoying a morning meal with friends!
Treat Yourself to Avocado Toast
Feeling hungry yet? No matter what way you choose to prepare your avocado toast, this breakfast indulgence is sure to delight taste buds of any age. Which ingredients do you like to add to your avocado toast? Let us know in the comments!