Isaree Thatchaichawalit, our food editor, shares her favourite recipe for avocado toast. 


Avocado toast has been one of the year’s biggest food trends — you’ve probably seen it while scrolling through Instagram or on the menu at your local healthy-hipster café. These trendy eateries often charge exorbitant prices (Gwenyth Paltrow did compare avocado toast to ‘a favorite pair of jeans’, after all), but it’s never worth paying that much for something that is so cheap and easy to make at home.

This recipe is for a basic avocado toast: even people who are terrified of the kitchen can make it, and it’s easily adaptable to whatever add-ons you might like. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a snack, filling you up while still feeling light.

Photo: Isaree Thatchaichawalit

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of wholegrain bread
  • 1 avocado (preferably Haas or similar)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Seasoning(s) of choice, to taste (dried mixed herbs, chili flakes, black pepper, etc.)
  • Topping(s) of choice (diced tomato, sliced hard-boiled egg, caramelised onion, chili jam, honey, etc.)

 

Method:

  1. Toast both slices of bread. In addition to being more nutritious than white bread, wholegrain bread has a stronger, earthy flavour that balances the avocado’s butteriness.
  2. Cut the avocado in half, lengthwise. A ripe avocado is ideal for this dish. To check that it’s ripe, hold the avocado in one hand and gently squeeze it with your palm, not your fingers — this is to avoid bruising the fruit. If you can press slightly into the avocado, it’s ripe. Another good indicator is the colour; ripe avocados tend to be dark green or brown.

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  1. Pit the avocado. There are two ways to remove the pit. The first (and safer) method is to run a spoon around the pit and scoop it out. The other way is to hold the portion with the pit in one hand and whack your knife into the pit, so that the edge of the knife sticks in it. Then twist the knife sideways; the pit should twist as well and be released from the avocado’s flesh. I’ve almost lost fingers using this method, so it’s only recommended if you have a sturdy knife and are comfortable with using it.
  2. Once the toast is done, place both pieces on a plate. Take one half of the avocado and, using a spoon, scoop chunks of it out and place them onto one slice. Do the same with the other avocado half and slice of bread.

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  1. Using a fork, score all of the avocado on each slice of toast. This mushes the avocado, turning it into more of a spread and ensuring that no avocado chunks fall off of the bread.
  2. Season with a pinch of salt and the seasoning(s) of your choice.
  3. Add a topping or two, if you like. Some suggestions include: diced tomato, for its freshness and slight crunch; a sliced hard-boiled egg, which makes the toast even more filling and nutritious; caramelised onion or chili jam, for some sweetness and a kick; and honey, if you’d rather have a sweet dish than a savoury one (just leave out the salt). Avocado has a very subtle flavour that blends well with nearly everything, so there’s no harm in being creative with your avocado toast.

 

Isaree Thatchaichawalit

 

Photo Credit: Isaree Thatchaichawalit