03 Apr Smashed Avo
One of our restaurant favourites is Smashed Avo. However, for the price cafés charge, you’d expect a heck of a lot more avo on that toast! So I decided to make my own at home, with a flavoursome twist.
On the Sunshine Coast, the average café will charge between $12-$15 for smashed avo on toast. And you’ll get 1 or 2 slices of toast with a measly spread of avo and a light crumbling of feta. Ridiculous! My recipe costs around $6 total, or $3 per person. My local Coles sells avocados for $2 each (ouch!) and the butter beans are around $1 per can. And the rest is spices! I don’t know about you, but I love a bargain – especially one that leaves my tummy full.
We like our meals with a lot of flavour and spice, so I just continue adding the red pepper flakes until it has enough zest. I find that Shepard Avocados have less of a flavour than Hass Avocados, so I end up adding more flakes when using the Shepards.
We really heap on our smashed avo. This recipe could easily feed more than 2 people if you use restaurant sized portions, but where’s the fun in that?
Husband is gluten intolerant and has found that Pane di Casa bread gives him far less of a reaction. It’s totally delicious, so I eat it too. But the slices are smaller than your average loaf – for each slice of the Pane di Casa loaf, you can fit about 1.5x the amount of topping onto an average bread slice.
You can add crumbled feta on the top and it’ll taste great. We just don’t often use it because Husband is lactose intolerant (yes, he seems to have really won the genetic lottery of intolerances) and we try to eat a 95% vegan diet… unless we’re feeling rebellious!
- 1 can butter beans
- 2 avocados (I use Hass if they’re available, but Shepard are good too)
- 1-2 tbsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2-4 slices bread (depending on how large the slices are)
- feta (optional)
- Drain and rinse the butter beans, and put them into a medium-sized bowl. Use a fork to mash the beans.
- Add the avocados to the bowl and mash with the fork.
- Add the red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and lemon juice all to taste, and mix.
- Toast the bread. Once toasted, add the smashed avo. Feel free to go overboard – I greatly approve of the practice.
- If using, add the feta. Enjoy!