It’s far less expensive than when you get it at your local millennial watering hole, but just as tasty.
Given the spectacle that avocado toast has become, it would be easy for you to forget that it is, in fact, a delicious and easy snack that you can prepare in the comfort of your own home. Sure, you could go out to your local cafe-slash-surf-shop and spend $12 on a slice of local sourdough, toasted until burnt-edged and golden, slathered in a Shrek-green avocado shmoo, and loaded with all manner of froo-froo toppings. But if you want to save a little money (maybe you are, for example, looking to own a home someday, just to spite a cranky old man who hates millennials and their spending habits), you can just make your own. Here’s how to do it.
Step one: toast some bread
The better your bread, the better your toast. So buy something that’s at least one step up from Pepperidge Farm: ideally something with a crust, perhaps a nice sourdough. Pre-sliced is fine. Grainy and seedy things are fine too; I generally like to keep one of those loaves of Dave’s Killer Bread (party on, Dave!) in my freezer for in-a-pinch toast making. Get a slice of something you like, then toast it in your toaster. Just no cinnamon raisin. That would be gross.
Step two: mash the avocado onto the bread
The only thing that can really ruin your experience here is an unripe avocado. You want it to be bright green inside and soft but not mushy: the unpeeled fruit should have a bit of give when you squeeze it, like a firm butt. Slice it in half, then scoop half the flesh out with a fork or spoon. Mash it on the toast with the back of the fork. Mashing is far better than shingling slices in a visually appealing and highly Instagrammable fan pattern; the latter risks slippage, and you don’t want to be crawling around picking up avocado slices off your floor. Mashing adheres better to your toast, and does a better job of balancing your toppings evenly.
Step three: make it taste a little better
If you have good bread and a sufficiently ripe avocado, you don’t need much else, but you do need salt, because salt makes everything taste better. Sprinkle a pinch or two of salt (something flaky or fancy is nice, but regular kosher salt will do) over your toast. Maybe add a drizzle of olive oil. Have chili flakes? Add those too. Pepper? Fine. No need to go crazy.
There! You did it. You made avocado toast, and you didn’t even have to go to one of those restaurants that sells three different kinds of turmeric lattes. Now put those ten dollars you saved in your millennial pink piggy bank.
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