With all of the hype surrounding avocado toast, it's easy for the simplicity of such a healthy dish to get lost in the shuffle. It seems that the new staple for every trendy new restaurant's brunch menu is avocado toast, and it's easy to see why. As delicious as avocados are, they are also a superfood chock full of nutrients—everything from omega-3s to fiber—and have been hailed as a solution in everything from heart conditions to weight loss. With so many variations on this brunch favorite, we decided to take a stab at creating a recipe of our own, complete with our favorite addition—microgreens grown at our very own aquaponics farm!
A few simple steps:Start out by preheating the oven to 350F. This caprese-esque variation on avocado toast is great with a little melted cheese to add little extra flavor. Lay the slices of bread out on a baking sheet and brush the olive oil across each slice. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly across each slice, and then let them warm in the oven for 9-12 minutes (depending on how crunchy you want the crostini to turn out). I like to sneak in some extra sprinkles of microgreens on top before sticking it in the oven. You won't even notice the extra greens melted into the cheese, and it's a great way to get some additional nutrients into the dish!
While the bread is toasting, you can get started on the balsamic glaze, which will need 20 minutes to simmer. Mix the balsamic vinaigrette with the agave and simmer until the consistency has thickened enough to stick on the back of a wooden spoon (no less than 20 minutes).
In the meantime, all that's left to prepare are the avocado and tomato toppings. The avocado is simple, and can really be prepared however you like. Some people prefer to lay the avocado in slices across the bread (in this case, sprinkle a little salt and lemon juice on top); I personally prefer to mash the avocado up with a fork, mixing it in with the lemon juice and salt before spreading the mixture out on the bread. Slice up the tomatoes, place them on top of the avocado, and sprinkle some of that balsamic glaze, which is a great flavor alongside the tomatoes. To finish up, top it off with one of our favorite ingredients--the spicy microgreens! The spicier mix has a great flavor profile that complements the tanginess of the balsamic and the richness of the avocado perfectly!
When you're finished, you've got a great dish with a lot of versatility! Serve these inventive avocado crostinis as an appetizer, as a full midday meal, or as part of a brunch extravaganza! It's your turn to be trendy with this delicious variation of that classic avocado toast recipe!