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Avocado Crostini

Avocado Crostini

Crostini: Avocado and Grape Tomato

So I set out to make some bold toast. Well. I wanted to be trendy. Crostini seems to be everywhere on the cooking shows now. My P.S. and I love to watch ‘Chopped’ while we eat dinner and often the contestant makes crostini with the odd ingredients they have to incorporate into their dishes. It’s simply toast with stuff piled on it. The judges compliment their “bold” flavors.

I always think the judges should say something about how slapping something on a little piece of toasted bread is not very complicated. They often say something has “simple bold flavors”. I want to know why flavor can now be “bold”? That word is currently as over-used in the food world as “awesome” is in everyone’s vocabulary. Things don’t just taste good anymore. They have to be awesome or bold. Or maybe awesomely bold.

Choose a nice crusty bread

Choose a nice crusty bread

My love of avocados in their simpler form, not in guacamole, needed to be expressed. I wanted to just mash them with a few seasonings and spread them on a crispy toast. It sounded excellent with my soup for lunch. I already had the soup prepared. I had picked up a loaf of unsliced, crusty bakery bread and some avocados from the grocery and I was ready to be bold.

Halve and scoop out the avocado

Halve and scoop out the avocado

I sliced the bread about 3/4” thick and laid it on foil on a baking sheet. I brushed both sides of the slices with olive oil then sprinkled them with coarse salt and pepper. I baked them in the oven for about 20 minutes until they were slightly browned, turning them halfway through. I removed them from the oven and set them aside.

Brush the bread with olive oil and dust with salt and pepper, then toast in the oven

Brush the bread with olive oil and dust with salt and pepper, then toast in the oven

The avocados were nicely ripe and stored in the refrigerator. I wanted them cold. Taking them out, I cut them in half, took out the seed and scooped the insides into a bowl. I added the garlic powder, green onions, cilantro, lime juice, feta, salt and pepper. I mashed it all together with a fork until mixed.

Mash avocado and add rest of ingredients

Mash avocado and add rest of ingredients

Next I took a half dozen grape tomatoes and cut them in quarters. After I spread a heaping tablespoon of avocado mixture on each crostini, I placed some the grape tomato pieces over the top and plated them with the soup.

Ready to spread

Ready to spread

Mmm.. so simple but so bold. The natural buttery flavor of the avocado was highlighted by the crisp crostini and the slightly acidic tomatoes. It was like a bite of salad on toast; a perfect accompaniment to the heavier flavors in my broccoli potato soup. It was a bold spring lunch.

Avocado Tomato Crostini

adapted from Recipes.com

several slices crusty bread, sliced
olive oil
coarse salt
black pepper
2 avocados
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons feta, finely chopped
grape tomatoes, quartered

Preheat oven to 400°. Slice bread and lay on foil covered baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper. Bake in oven until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Turn halfway through.

Mash avocado and rest of ingredients with a potato masher or fork.

Taste for flavor and add more seasonings if preferred.

Slice cherry tomatoes into fourths and set aside.

Spread heaping tablespoon of avocado on crostini. Top with tomatoes. Serve immediately.

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3 thoughts on “Avocado Crostini

  1. I love to watch Chopped. I especially love it when a judge starts out with a compliment and then kicks the contestant in the gut with harsh criticism. I swear a few contestants looked like they were on the verge of tears…lol…
    But you are right about the term “bold” being used a lot. Whats wrong with fantastic, flavorful, tasty. Great article and recipe, thanks for sharing!

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    • lol Yes I think a few do get choked up. I feel for them more than the ones who get so bitter. I usually root for the ones who strike me as being good sports, not just focused on winning. Thanks for stopping by!

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