Amanda & Merrill

Tartine with Mustard Mayo and Mashed Avocado

June 11, 2010

Toast with Mustard Mayo and Avocado

- Amanda

Sometimes I need to be reminded of the simple not-quite-recipes that are just as pleasing as an elaborate feast. Last week, my friend Peter took me to lunch at Iris Cafe, a sweet oasis tucked away on a residential Brooklyn street. I ordered toasts with mustard mayonnaise and mashed avocado, drank a ginger beer, and couldn't have been happier.

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Here I share this humble gem, along with another favorite, fresh radishes with butter and salt. The butter temperature is key -- it should be pliable but not at all mushy. I trust you to supply the ginger beer. Happy lunching.

Tartine with Mustard Mayo and Mashed Avocado

Serves 1

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 2 slices whole grain bread, toasted
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled
  • A few drops lemon juice
  • Salt

In a small bowl, blend the mustard and mayonnaise. Spread on the toasted bread. In another bowl mash the avocado with the lemon juice and salt to taste. Spoon the avocado over the mustard mayo and spread it to the edges.

Radishes with Butter and Salt

Serves 1

  • Handful fresh radishes with their tops attached, scrubbed
  • Fresh unsalted butter, just below room temperature (so it's soft but not oily)
  • Flaky sea salt like Maldon

Dip the radishes in butter and then salt. Crunch!

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Denise August 2, 2010
Just ate the toasts. Excellent!
tigerwoman June 15, 2010
your photo with the multigrain bread from elis (now available at NYC costcos) brought back memories of our yuppie gourmet sandwich shop days in midtown @ Paradise Catering and Cafe
we used that exact( delicious ) bread with fresh avocado slices, alpha sprouts and cheddar cheese for our #13 sandwich - yummy cold or pressed/grilled.

thanks for a trip down memory lane.
ate some ripe avocado with my salad for dinner tonight,
hass avocados are plentiful and cheap at our local produce markets these days.
Amanda H. June 15, 2010
It's great bread -- makes delicious toast. Merrill also likes to toast it and top it with fresh ricotta and a pinch of salt.
Erin F. June 13, 2010
Just add a frsh-from-the-gaden tomato and you have my FAVORITE summer meal!

(okokok, so I add bacon or ham a lot too)
Amanda H. June 14, 2010
BLTs with avocado are also one of my summer go-tos.
KLL5 June 13, 2010
This is a variation of a sandwich I often whip up a variation of for a quick lunch. Grated carrot would be a nice addition. So would... A splash of balsamic. A few basil leaves. Pinch of cumin. Cherry tomatoes.
Amanda H. June 13, 2010
Thanks for these ideas!
Canned June 13, 2010
Try adding grated lemon peel, juice and anchovy paste to the butter., spread it on the grain bread, top with sliced radishes and sliced chives and you have company food....
Amanda H. June 13, 2010
Definitely going to try this -- thanks.
Tulip June 12, 2010
delish, healthy, vegan and i see in the photo my favorite Zabars Heath Loaf: the best crunchy whole wheat bread in NYC
Amanda H. June 13, 2010
Wow -- great eye. Love this bread.
EmilyNunn June 12, 2010
Made one; ate it. Made another one; ate that, too. This is my new lunch.
Amanda H. June 13, 2010
Like your decision making process. Thanks for giving it a try.
lapadia June 11, 2010
During my childhood years, our California relatives always sent a crate of avocados; one way they were used up was to smash one or two with a little lemon, salt, pepper and garlic, and spread on bread crusty Italian bread…yum, such a treat. Haven’t had that for a while, nor have I tried with a bit of Dijon or mayo, hmmm, think I will have to revisit my childhood avocado treat…Thanks!
Amanda H. June 13, 2010
Interesting that avocados were a special gift not so long ago.
Kelsey B. June 11, 2010
I love meals like this, especially in the summer when everything is so fresh all you really have to do is make a spread and assemble some yummy condiments to go with breads, veggies and meats.
Amanda H. June 11, 2010
I feel the same way.
Allison C. June 11, 2010
Thanks for the not-really-recipe recipes, Amanda. I think I've figured out tomorrow's menu now. Cheers to the ginger beer as well.
Amanda H. June 11, 2010
Oh good -- enjoy!
WinnieAb June 11, 2010
Have you had the Alton Brown-inspired sandwich with mashed avocado and sardines? If you like sardines (or at least appreciate how good they are for you), it's pretty radishes with butter and salt btw!
Allison C. June 11, 2010
Wish I could get past the sardines. I know they are so good for you. Only way I can eat them is if they're super-fresh, and I'm sitting seaside at an outdoor cafe somewhere in, say, Portugal. Otherwise, there's just no hope. But the avocado and radishes--they're mine any day.
Amanda H. June 11, 2010
I haven't -- sounds good!
mtrelaun June 11, 2010
Have you been to Café Gitane on Mott? Their rendition of avocado toast is very similar, and comes topped with red pepper flakes. Delish!
Allison C. June 11, 2010
Oh, my goodness--haven't been to Gitane in ages, but used to go regularly. Don't remember the avocado toast w/red pepper flakes, but now I know I'll have to go back. Thanks for the reminder.
Amanda H. June 11, 2010
I haven't -- time to go!
Loves F. June 11, 2010
One of my faves is cream cheese on toast topped with mashed avocado, salt, and pepper!
Amanda H. June 11, 2010
Going to try it.