Avocado toast is an open-face sandwich, topping a piece of toast (often made with whole-grain or artisan bread) with mashed avocado seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon or lime juice.
The not-so-recent history of avocado toast is below.
More recently, mashed peas are being substituted for the avocado, along with more elaborate garnishes:
*No decent tomatoes? Drain diced or whole canned San Marzano tomatoes.
There are even sweet avocado toast options, such as:
Ingredients For 6 Servings
1. COMBINE the garlic, parsley, 1 tablespoon olive oil, a pinch of salt and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Add the peas and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tender (about 5 minutes for fresh peas, 2 minutes for frozen peas). Drain, reserving the cooking liquid.
2. TRANSFER the pea mixture to a food processor; pulse to a coarse paste. Alternatively, for a chunkier blend, mash with a fork or a potato masher. Transfer to a medium bowl and mix in the chives, lemon juice and peel, pepper and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
3. STIR in the reserved cooking liquid, tablespoon by tablespoonful, until the mixture is still thick but spreadable. Season with salt, black pepper and more lemon juice, if desired.
4. TOP the toast with pea the mash peas. Garnish with the a sprinkle of whole peas, the remaining lemon peel, and more crushed pepper, as desired.
*Adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe for mashed avocado sandwiches with preserved lemon.
CRUNCHY FUN WITH CRUNCHIES FREEZE-DRIED FRUIT SNACKS
We’ve long been fans of Crunchies freeze-fried fruits and vegetables: a healthful, low-calorie, crunchy, all natural grab-and-go snack with no added sugar.
In addition to grab and go snacking, we use them as garnishes for everything from salad to sorbet.
The fruits include blueberries, cinnamon apple, grapes, mango, mixed fruit, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries and strawberry banana.
Alas, our favorite freeze-dried corn kernels has been discontinued; but it’s been replaced by something equally wonderful: freeze dried sliced beets!
The line is certified gluten free, kosher (OU) and non-GMO.
You can find a store locator of buy online at CrunchiesFood.com.
Crunchies freeze-dried beet slices, one of 10 varieties from Crunchies Food.
THE HISTORY OF AVOCADO TOAST
Although a relatively new trend in the U.S. (we first noticed it about four years ago), avocado toast has been “commonplace for a long time,” according to Wikipedia.
According to an article in The Washington Post, chef Bill Granger of Sydney, Australia may have been the first person to put avocado toast on a menu, in 1993. Another Australian chef believes that the combination of avocado and toast emerged in Queensland, Australia in the mid-1970s.
Now, Millennials call it “smashed avo.”
In 1999, Nigel Slater published a recipe for an avocado “bruschetta” in London’s newspaper, The Guardian.
Even earlier, in 1962, a New York Times article showcased an “unusual” sandwich of avocado on toast.
And even earlier than that, in 1937, The New Yorker published an article, “Avocado, or the Future of Eating,” in which the protagonist eats “avocado sandwich on whole wheat and a lime rickey.” [source]
But credit social media with launching this low-key breakfast and snack into stardom, with an endless number of photos making it a must-have for avocado lovers.