Don't Hate (the) Avocado Toast

When you hear, see or read this on a menu or food blog...AVOCADO TOAST...does this word come to mind?

Synonyms: overused, overdone, overworked, worn out, vapid, stale, tired...etc.

Foodies, food people, Instagrammers, it's okay. Calm down. Don't hate the avocado toast. It's just another bit of mashed up goodness on top of a piece of crunchified (a.k.a. toasted) bread. It's easy to assemble. It's a vehicle for your healthy eating creativity. It's the same as peanut butter or goat cheese or--gulp--cream cheese on a bagel, for heaven's sake. Take a deep breath and read on...unless you've fainted.

According to the Washington Post, avocado toast became "a thing" in the 1990s when an Australian chef added it to his restaurant menu. Then, apparently, a New York City restaurant added it to their menu around 2006. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow added to the growing interest in Avocado Toast by including it in her cookbook, which was published in 2013. Instagram currently has 491,817 posts associated with the #avocadotoast hashtag.

With the rise of posting your creative food endeavors on Instagram, so has the popularity of avocado toast creativity. It's not such a bad thing, is it? Especially when it's encouraging us to eat healthy foods.

Wikipedia tells us that this mashing of avocado and spreading onto toast has been around in the Bay area since least. See there, nothing new. It's like a potato. Brilliantly delicious in all its simplicity as a boiled potato, but so good in so many other ways. Potatoes easily morph into the tasty goodness of your current desires. So do avocados.

Scroll down for recipes or click here for a printable view for avocado toast or do my favorite thing: Get a perfectly ripened avocado, cut it down the middle, discard the pit, sprinkle with salt and pepper and grab a spoon. Eat it right out of its own shell.

Fear & Loathing of Avocado Toast (No Recipe Recipes)Guacamole Avocado ToastMake your favorite guacamole recipe or try mine (recipe here). Toast bread. Rub with smashed garlic clove. Liberally spread guacamole on toast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with crushed tortilla chips for a contrasting crunch against that creamy goodness.Breakfast Avocado ToastBoiled eggs, sliced or eggs fried with medium-set yolkTaco seasoningAvocado Mash:1 avocado1 small tomato, diced,1 tsp fresh lime juice1/3 cup queso frescoMash one avocado together with crumbled queso fresco, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper and lime juice. Toast bread and butter lightly. Spread *mashed avocado mixture on toast. Top with egg slices or fried egg and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Adjust quantities of ingredients to suit your taste.Salad Bar Avocado ToastMash one avocado with salt, pepper and hot sauce.  Top with all or any combination of the following:Tomato slicescrumbled feta cheesetoasted sesame seedsyour favorite sproutsbaby greens mix or baby lettuce salad mixshredded carrotsshaved mushroomsshaved cucumberdill, basil, cilantrothinly sliced red onioncraisinsextra-virgin olive oilaged balsamic vinegarBread for ToastI like a seeded bread or pumpernickel. They have substance and add complexity to the flavor profile of the finished product. Sourdough, rye or even a crispy slice of French bread. Experiment to come up with your favorite.