Avocado on Grilled Bread
In 2012, my husband and I were visiting my daughter in London and we went out for breakfast. This is what my daughter ordered.
I took a photo of it because that’s always what I’ve done, even before blogging. It was just so pretty: mashed avocado spread on grilled bread, topped with oven-roasted tomatoes and feta cheese. My introduction to avocado toast.
So although slow to embrace food trends, like zoodles and cauliflower rice, I decided to (FINALLY) make avocado toast. It’s not like I knew it wouldn’t be wonderful! Avocados are one of my favorite foods.
Too bad I’m not super artistic, or I could jump on another trend and create art from avocados…
Here’s how I made mine.
Avocado on Grilled Bread
4 tablespoons oil, I used walnut oil
1 garlic clove, minced
Few sprigs of thyme
6 slices good bread, like Ciabatta
2 ripe but not over-ripe avocados
Fresh tomato slices
Fresh thyme leaves, optional
Warm the olive oil in a butter warmer with the garlic and thyme. Do not let the garlic brown or burn.
Heat a large, flat skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly brush the slices of bread with the garlic oil, and grill the bread face-down until browned. Place them on a serving plate and set aside.
Peel and de-pit the avocados. Scoop out the flesh and place in a medium bowl. Mash with a fork. Season with salt and pepper.
Only prepare the avocado right before serving.
To prepare the “toasts,” spread some of the mashed avocado on the grilled breads and smooth the tops.
Add sliced tomatoes, followed by a generous amount of crumbled goat cheese.
Drizzle the remaining garlic and thyme oil over the avocado toasts and serve immediately.
These are not only for breakfast or a snack or lunch. I can see these served as an hors d’oeuvres with some champagne or rosé!
Alternatively, oven roast small tomatoes in a gratin pan.
Or, use sun-dried tomatoes. It’s all wonderful!
If more protein is desired, one can always add an egg, or some smoked salmon. But I like the simplicity of this preparation.
Do not use inferior bread for these toasts. Use a ciabatta, sourdough, or a hearty multigrain.
These avocado toasts were honestly outstanding. If you love avocado, tomatoes, and feta, then you’ll love these too. Of course, you’ve probably made them already because you’re not stubborn! But I have to say that the garlic and thyme-infused walnut oil was a fantastic addition.
That is definitely an upmarket rendition of avo toast! Delicious.
Thank you Mrs. Portly!
Very nice piping in the avacado that you were holding in your hand. Very artistic for sure.
Well that wasn’t me!
Very nice and fresh :)
In Australia this is but definitely known as ‘smashed avocado on toast’ and has almost made zucchini noodles and cauliflower rice [both of which I love :) !] seem old-hat! Have to make some of that enticing walnut oil . . . and love your tomato-enriched presentation . . .
Thank you so much Eha! I’ll have to remember “smashed” avocado – we’re headed your way in the fall!
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I don’t care if people are sick of it, I cannot get enough of avocado on toast. Yours looks so pretty with the lovely flowers on top.
Thank you. I eat an avocado every day, but usually on a salad. If I look at bread I gain weight, which is another reason I hesitated on making avocado toast!
I love the combination you have created and would enjoy this as an appetizer. I have walnut oil and I bet that made a nice finishing touch! I made something similar but for breakfast; crostini, avocado, slice of bacon and drizzled with maple syrup :)
Interesting! Sounds very satisfying.
Absolutely love avocado on toast. The “trend” cracks me up bc my vegetarian grandmother would feed us this for breakfast, lunch & late night snacks when I was growing up! She would put olive oil or safflower mayo on it or sometimes just a dash of lemon. Always delicious!
Yeah, exactly. I don’t think food bloggers are the first to think of it. In college I always had avocado sandwiches!
Love avocados, too! Although it seems we’re both trend food avoiders, looks like this time we were both way ahead of the avocado trend – you in 2012, and me with avocado bruschetta in 2011 :-D .
Hahaha! I guess that’s true!
I make similar for lunch but yours are definitely superior! They look delicious :)
Nigella could learn a thing or two from you. She actually did a whole episode on toast and regular smashed avocado. Two ingredients! This however I would watch an episode about. :)
Wow. Well now that’s a compliment! I just learned that it’s “smashed” avocado, but I definitely need a few other goodies on top!
Yes, smashed. 😊. It would be rather plain without your additions.
You produced avocado art, it could be new trend. I love avocados on bread but have never tried it with walnut oil. It looks delicious!
It would be just as good with olive oil, I think!
Such a simple but delicious dish, suitable for dinner as well as breakfast.
Definitely! I had so much fun eating these!
Savory toasts like this are so good, aren’t they? I could make an entire meal out of this. :-)
They certainly are… I wish I wouldn’t gain weight with bread. That’s such an American thing to say, but it’s unfortunately true. If it wasn’t true I’d definitely enjoy these toasts as dinner every night!
Although avocado has become very popular, I had not seen this before. Looks great and very tasty.
Where have you been?!! Well, it’s a healthy snack. Or meal, that tastes really good!
Loooove love love avo toast!
Definitely really good stuff!
Very nice! I prefer the idea of eating avocado to carving it, and your version sounds so good with the fried garlic and goat cheese. So classy!
Me, too! But aren’t some people incredibly artistic!!!
I would devour these in an instant! I love the infused oil for it too.
Thank you. Yeah, I devoured them…
What’s not to love in these scrumptious avocado toasts? I often make a meal of it. Love the addition of the infused oils, I’ll have to incorporate those oils in my cuisine. There’s those beautiful purple flowers again.
Haha! Yes, there they are. The next day I had to pull out the plants. They just weren’t doing well.
I love avocado, and these toasts look fantastic! Lovely presentation, too. :)
Thank you so much!
Incredible flavour combo and textures. This would surely be a crowd pleaser in my household!
Thank you Melissa!
You will find lots of ‘avo on toast’ over here when you visit! Love an avocado. Yes, I have also seen some Instagram of crazy carved avocados, I would rather just eat it. Ha ha!
Me, too! Sort of a waste!!
Looks so yummy and fresh, I tried a similar snack when a friend of mine brought all the same ingredients hiking with us and combined them the same way :D
Oh this would be so delicious outside in beautiful weather!
Italian style chips and guac? Looks delicious!
Thank you Frank!
I just love avocado toast… how could it be anything but fabulous? You and I see eye-to-eye on food trends but I think this is different than cauliflower rice and zoodles! Those two were created to avoid carbs (something that annoys me, too! Not those who suffer from celiac disease disease those who won’t look at anything with bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, or even carrots! Don’t get me started…), but avocado toast is just plain good! (Sorry about the rant!)
I understand… don’t get me started either! Drives me crazy! Regarding trends, it will probably be another ten years before I have a matcha smoothie or macaron…
Finally!!! Avocado on toast (with whatever variation on top: salt & pepper, tomatoes, eggs, parsley…) is one of my go-to things to make when I’m short on time. Yours is the prettiest I’ve seen with the flowers on top! xx
Thank you Sofia! Hope you’re feeling good!
I’m fine thank you! Finally got over the feeling sick all day stage!
Love the play of colors and flavors going on there :) Avocado is one of my favorites.
It’s a wonderful food!
Wow .. that avocado !!! Great sandwiches too :) Yummy ;)
Thank you so much!
Goodness loaded for sure !!