Too Many Cooks: Avocado Toast

September 12, 2014

You'll be hearing from the staff at Food52 in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

Avocado Toast with Feta

If the walls of the Food52 office could talk, they would probably tell you about how much we love avocado toast. So simple and filling, we could write countless odes to this wonderful treat (but we will spare you those today). Avocado toast has become quite the popular item recently, and we couldn’t be happier. With Avocado Toast Week wrapping up today (though our love will last forever), we thought we'd poll the Food52 staffers and ask:

How do you make (or where have you eaten) the perfect avocado toast? What do you do to dress it up?

Do you prefer just a sprinkle of salt or an egg on top? Tell us in the comments!

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Stephanie: I like to have only avocado and a fried egg on mine. And sometimes a fried halloumi slice, cut into strips, because it's salty like feta but has yummy, crispy edges.

Posie: I like simple and uncomplicated avocado toast. But, it is very good if you top it with gomasio seasoning (which is a mix of black sesame, ocean salt, and seaweed).

Gabriella P: I go for the Whole Foods "Seeduction" bread (sue me, I love a bad pun), heavily toasted, then I add mashed avocado, Sriracha, and salt on top.

More: Try adding infused salt to your avocado toast for even more flavor.

Whole Grain Bread

Emi: I start with whole-grain bread and add some mashed avocado mixed with a little bit of sambal oelek and a dash of fish sauce.

Lauren K.: My first avocado toast ever was at a little cafe in East London circa 2007, and while other all avocado toasts since have been delicious, this one is the most memorable. They served it on freshly baked baguette with chili, flaky salt, and lime.

Erin: My favorite style is mashed avocado, topped with flaky salt and a huge dollop of hot pepper jelly. Also, the bread should be a little burnt.

Avocado Toast on Focaccia

Haley: My homemade favorite is mashed avocado on a brown rice cake with Maldon sea salt and a dash of balsamic vinegar.

More: Add even more green to your basic avocado toast.

Karl: I can't say my avocado toast is perfect, given I'm usually just using store-bought sandwich bread; but I enjoy buttering my toast, adding slices of avocado, and sprinkling it with celery salt.

Tell us: How do you make the perfect avocado toast?

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I put chocolate chips in 95% of the things I make and am a strong proponent for lunch dessert.


ariel A. September 16, 2014
I love spreading some good salted butter on the still-warm slice of toast (ideally baguette) before mashing the avocado on it and topping it with some flaky sea salt. Now please excuse me while I head over to the kitchen to make some right now...
BC September 15, 2014
Avocado toast @ Parkhouse Eatery this little brunch place in San Diego. Grilled rustic French bread, drizzle of olive oil and julienne basil. Is fantastic!. I finished it with a dollop of Sriracha for added garlicy and spicy notes.
Maria L. September 14, 2014
The best avocado on toast is with a bit of wilted spinach, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, salt, pepper and few drops of lime juice.... Mmmmmm yummy!
catalinalacruz September 14, 2014
I like avocado toast topped with sardines, the kind packed in oil. Yummy, if you are a sardine lover like me.
Rose September 14, 2014
I enjoy a well-toasted piece of pumpernickel topped with mashed avocado and lime with chopped cilantro and topped with fresh alfalfa sprouts. Best ever.
rushie September 13, 2014
I love savory avocado toast, but I grew up eating toast with mashed avocado and sprinkled with sugar (yes, sugar). Most people are skeptical of this, but then they try it and LOVE it.
Nichole S. September 13, 2014
Me too! I LOVE avocado toast with avocado and banana mashed and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar
Cathy September 13, 2014
I toast a good crusty bread almost until burnt, then smash the avocado on top and sprinkle with pink salt, red chili flakes and hulled hemp seeds for good measure! (on weekends I'll take time to add a poached egg as well.)
Serena September 13, 2014
NoPA restaurant in San Francisco has an avocado toast on the menu as an appetizer. They grill the bread, which adds an additional layer of deliciousness.
Charley September 13, 2014
Avocado toast needs nothing but GARLIC SALT
Debra B. September 12, 2014
I cut my avocado in half, remove the pit and mash right in skin/shell with a little sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Smear on really good bread that has been toasted. Simple and delicious breakfast, YUM!
Maria W. September 12, 2014
Smoked salmon. Deeeelish!
Mindful A. September 12, 2014
I've never heard of gomasio seasoning but it sounds delicious! I have nori around, so definitely trying soon. Reading a lot about avocados lately, loving it!

Alexandra K. September 12, 2014
I'm a big fan of avocado toast. I like to rub a piece of toasted pumpernickel with a sliced garlic clove to give it some added punch, and then I smash the avocado in a bowl before smearing it on the toasted bread. Garnish with some sliced cherry tomatoes, and you have yourself a delicious snack or light breakfast. I also really love mixing the avocado with toum (a Middle Eastern garlic sauce) and then slathering it on crunchy, toasted bread.
CarlaCooks September 14, 2014
Oh my gods, mixing it with toum is BRILLIANT!!!!! I must try this asap.
AntoniaJames September 12, 2014
Smash sardines in olive oil into the toasted artisanal bread -- one with lots of holes to catch the drippings. (I make my own, using the Tartine (Robertson's) method and ratios.) Mash avocado and then add some capers. Mash them a bit, too. Grind lots of black pepper on top, or sprinkle with dukkah. Lunch!! ;o)