Avocados. Some find the name sounds a bit strange. Some think it can go with anything, especially as guacamole dip. We think it pairs exceptionally well with toasts, and luckily, lots of people think so too. That’s why today, we’re making an avocado toast recipe, with additional poached eggs.
But not yet! We found that many people had questions about the dish and as usual, we’d love to answer those before we get on with cooking. Take a look, you might learn something new!
Is Avocado Good for Your Health?
Avocado is a fruit, and as a fruit, people tend to think of it as “healthy” food. Good news is, they are correct. Avocados are proven to be healthy, and here’s why:
In terms of weight, about 10% of the avocado flesh is oleic acid— the good kind of fat people look for. Oleic acid, in case you aren’t familiar with it, is the one that is found predominantly in olive oil (73%). This means both avocado and olive oil have the ability to reduce risks of cancer, reduce “bad” cholesterol levels, and fight off inflammation.
We need fiber to digest food with ease, and avocado is a rich source of fiber. Despite the un-fibrous texture, a medium avocado (5.5 oz) can provide ⅓ of your recommended daily intake. If we compare it with artichoke (one of the most fiber-packed vegetables), we see that avocado has about 8% more fiber per 100g.
This is a great alternative for anyone who would rather have guacamole than spinach or artichokes.
Don’t be confused. Avocados do contain fat, and of course, consuming a lot of fat makes you fat. However, the fiber avocados contain help us lose fat by making us feel full for longer. By including avocado, a source of good carbs and proteins in your meal, you can always end up feeling satisfied (that is if you like avocados, which we hope you do).
What Makes a Perfect Avocado Toast Recipe?
Perfecting limited-ingredient recipes like this avocado toast recipe requires a good hand and a good heart. Everything must be handled and selected with care. If you aren’t sure how, we’re here to help.
Choosing the bread
White bread is fine, but have you ever thought of rye or multigrain bread? Not only are they more nutritious, but they also look better on camera. We don’t just eat with our mouths, am I right?
Toasting the bread
No matter which bread, a slight change of color is what marks a good piece of toasted bread. We can’t give you the exact timing as it depends on your toaster and how thick your bread slices are, but here’s a tip: always toast them slowly. If they don’t come out golden, simply put ’em back and wait until you can feel that they’re crunchy. It’s that easy.
Selecting the avocados
Unless mushy slices are what you aim for, you definitely don’t want over-ripe avocado for this recipe. If the avocado feels a bit squishy, move on to the next one. Choose the ones that feel firm when you gently squeeze, and I’m sure you’ll be happy with how it turns out.
Seasoning the toast
Just like any recipe, avocado toast doesn’t taste good if it isn’t well-seasoned. A pinch of salt, squeeze of a lemon wedge and a dash of red pepper flakes should do it. But if you want to go crazy with other condiments, make sure you tell us how it goes!!
What Can Be Served with Avocado Toast?
Roses are red, violets are blue, among the side dishes, what can I choose? We might not make the best poems, but we do have awesome ideas for side dishes. Let’s take a look at what you can include to take this toast to another level:
Regular lean meat, boiled eggs, prawns or vegetarian protein sources like peas, and tofu, adds not only great flavor and texture but also lots of protein. If you’re hitting the gym or something similar soon, don’t hesitate to pick one protein source (or more). Some find tuna and poached egg – my favorite combo – delicious, and we think you should try it.
Salads with vinaigrette dressing
A small bowl of salad can add lots of vitamins and minerals, but that’s not the main reason why we’re suggesting it here. The tangy taste from vinaigrette can cut the creaminess of the avocado and arouse your palate, making you enjoy the toast even more. There’s no limitation to veggie choice, so you can go wild when shopping for groceries.
How To Make Avocado Toast Recipe
For the toasts
- 1 slice Mestemacher rye bread
- 2.8 oz avocado 1/2 medium
- 2 small eggs
- 1 lemon wedge
- 1/16 tsp kosher salt 1 pinch
- 1/16 tsp black pepper 1 pinch
- 1/16 tsp red pepper flakes 1 pinch
For poaching the eggs
- 8 cup water
- 2 cup vinegar
*Note: Several sprigs of cilantro for decoration if desired.
- Slice the bread. We’re using fresh bread from the local bakery, but you can get pre-sliced from the store.
- Toast your bread to your desired toastiness.
- Put vinegar and water into a large saucepan/stock pot. Crack your eggs directly in and cook for 2 min. Lift the eggs out and place on kitchen paper to dry.
- Half and pit the avocado (save one half for later). Slice or mash it (or both).
- Take your toasted bread slices out of the oven/toaster.
- Arrange (or smeathe avocado onto the toasts. Place the poached eggs on and season with lemon juice, pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes.
- Serve (and enjoy!)