Summertime means fresh produce and more time to spend with friends and family. This time of year gives us the perfect opportunity for creating some new, delicious menu items!
In our first installment, we covered a delightful, healthy, and very delicious Sundress Egg White Omelette. If you love fresh omelettes and are looking for some new ideas, check out this recipe here.
This week we’re talking about avocado toast. While the dish has been made famous by its wide appeal to Millennials, we find that it is well loved by all generations. But, what is it and how do you make it elegant enough for brunch with friends?
The Colonial Gardens Gourmet Summer Breakfast Menu: Part 2
The Anatomy of Gourmet Breakfast Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is so simple, yet so versatile and decadent. Fresh, ripe avocados create a creamy canvas for any flavor compliment. Feel free to choose your own choice of toasted bread and fresh toppings.
There are a few important flavors needed to create a complete creation.
- Something Nutty
This can come in the form of a nutty, whole grain bread. For a bigger, nutty flavor, try adding pine nuts or toasted almonds.
- Something Creamy
This is the job of the avocado. However, you can also add on soft cheese or a fried egg to enhance this natural attribute.
- Something Tart
The creaminess of the avocado can be overwhelming to the palette, masking the flavors of the other ingredients. Because of this, the dish needs something to cut the creaminess. To do this, add citrus juice, balsamic vinegar, or even a tart cheese, like feta.
- Something Salty
The salt brings out all of the flavors and helps cut the avocado’s creaminess, as well. The salt can be added with cured meats, like bacon or prosciutto. This can also be added very simply with some sea salt.
Since we are a bed and breakfast, we wanted to create a delicious breakfast version of the classic avocado toast we know and love. This is avocado toast fancy enough for brunch with friends!
Yum! Breakfast Avocado Toast
- 1 ripe Hass avocado
- 2 English Muffins (whole wheat or honey wheat is our pick for this)
- 4 eggs, fried or poached
- 1/2 lime
- 1/2 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
- 4 slices of prosciutto, slightly warmed in a pan
- Chives, finely chopped
Start by halving the English Muffins and toasting under the broiler or in a toaster. Toast until bread reaches desired doneness. This is our nutty flavor!
While this is toasting, prepare the avocado by slicing in half, removing the pit, and scooping out the flesh into a small bowl. Mash this until the flesh is broken up, but slightly chunky. Squeeze the juice of the 1/2 lime over the avocado to prevent from turning brown. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Take one half of your English Muffin, slightly cooled, and smear roughly 1/4 the avocado mixture to give a nice thick layer. Add one slice of the warm prosciutto. Then, sprinkle ~1/8 cup of feta over the top. (Add more if desired). Repeat with the other 3 halves of the muffins. Set aside and prepare the eggs.
On the stove, heat a small sauté pan on medium heat. We prefer to use a non-stick or ceramic pan for this to prevent the eggs from sticking and/or breaking early. Add your choice of oil to the pan. Crack two eggs and cook until the whites are cooked through but the yolk is still runny. Once done to your liking, remove eggs from the pan and slide onto your topped toast. The heat from the egg will begin to melt the cheese and bring out the flavor of the meat.
**Note: You can also add poached eggs, instead of fried. It is completely up to what you like!
Sprinkle the top with the chives, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
Talk about a delicious breakfast!
What do you think? What’s your favorite way to dress up avocado toast?