Smashed Avocado on Sourdough
This recipe is more than just a quick meal; it’s a celebration of memories, a homage to simplicity, and a reminder that sometimes, the most basic ingredients can create the most extraordinary experiences.
One slice of sourdough bread topped with a quarter of the avocado mixture.
About this Recipe
This recipe, Smashed Avocado on Sourdough, is a testament to the beauty of simplicity. Born out of a love for wholesome, unpretentious ingredients, it’s a dish that resonates with the heart of home cooking.
Avocados – 4 medium-sized (about 200 grams each)
Sourdough bread – 4 large slices
Lemon juice – 2 tablespoons
Salt – to taste (approx. 1/2 teaspoon)
Pepper – to taste (approx. 1/4 teaspoon)
Red pepper flakes – to taste (approx. 1/2 teaspoon)
Avocado, a luxurious and somewhat elusive ingredient during my childhood, was a rare treat in our household. As I grew older, even though avocados became more accessible, their price often remained steep, reflecting their status as a delicacy.
But the real challenge with avocados lies in their capricious ripening journey – they seem to whimsically skip from being obstinately unripe to overripe in no time.
Due to this, I’ve grown to cherish the avocado season; It’s during this fleeting period that I love to prepare my cherished avocado recipes for the family.
Step by Step Instructions
Preparation of Avocado: Begin by selecting ripe avocados. They should yield slightly to gentle pressure. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise around the seed. Twist the halves in opposite directions to separate them. Remove the pit either by gently tapping it with a knife and twisting, or by scooping it out with a spoon. Scoop the avocado flesh into a medium-sized bowl, ensuring you get as close to the skin as possible to use all the creamy fruit.
Mashing the Avocado: Using a fork, start mashing the avocado. Press down and twist, combining the pieces into a cohesive mixture. The goal is to create a texture that is both creamy and chunky, providing a pleasing mouthfeel. The mixture should be smooth enough to spread easily but should retain some chunky avocado pieces for texture. Drizzle the lemon juice over the mashed avocado. This not only adds flavor but also helps in preventing oxidation.
Seasoning: Now it’s time to season your avocado mash. Start by sprinkling in the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. The quantities can be adjusted according to taste. Use a spoon to mix everything thoroughly. Taste as you go and adjust the seasoning as needed. This step is essential for bringing out the rich, natural flavors of the avocado.
Toasting the Sourdough: Preheat your toaster or a skillet over medium heat. Place the sourdough slices in the toaster or on the skillet. Toast them until they’re golden brown and have a nice, crispy texture. This usually takes about 1-2 minutes on each side. The goal is to achieve slices that are crunchy on the outside while still retaining some softness inside, providing a perfect base for the avocado.
Assembling: With your toasted sourdough ready, take a generous scoop of the avocado mixture and spread it evenly over each slice. The spread should be thick enough to cover the bread’s surface without spilling over the edges. The creamy avocado will contrast beautifully with the crunchy toast.
Serving: Once assembled, cut each slice into halves or quarters, depending on your serving preference. Serve immediately to enjoy the toast at its crispiest and the avocado at its freshest. This dish is best enjoyed fresh, as the avocado may brown if left out for too long.
For those who enjoy brunch gatherings, this dish can be a star player on your table, offering a canvas for various toppings like poached eggs, smoked salmon, or a sprinkle of feta cheese for extra indulgence.