Homesick Toast

Homesick Avocado on Toast

I have fully embraced the New York breakfast of boiled dough spread thick with an inch of cream cheese.

Bagels fuel the working week in NYC. Every Tuesday at work there is a long meeting that uses bagels to lure people in. We take turns in bringing the bagels, which means we start each meeting dissecting today’s batch, comparing them to the reigning favourite provider. If you bring sub-par bagels, you put productivity in jeopardy. These chewy rolls demand respect, and I’m happy to give it to them.

But sometimes, I miss Australian breakfasts.

A thick slice of toast smothered in creamy avocado and spiked with fresh herbs and citrus is happiness on a plate to me. It tastes like home, or, more specifically, a menu item at one of my favourite cafes in Melbourne. So when I feel a longing for Australia, I make Homesick Toast.

Homesick Avocado on Toast

There are three key elements to this recipe: ripe avocado, sturdy toast and flavoursome cheese.

There is a fine balance between a beautifully ripe avocado and one sporting brown mushy sections. Avocados are a climacteric fruit, which means they mature on the tree but ripen off it. Bananas do this too, but bananas helpfully change colour when they’re about to go past their prime (and into the freezer ready for banana cake another day).

A perfectly ripe avocado will yield to gentle pressure, but so will a brown, stringy one. The trick I learned this week via The Kitchn is to remove the little button at the stem end of the avocado and check the colour underneath. If it’s green, you’ll find delicious creamy flesh inside. If it’s brown, you’ll be presented with a sepia, more slimey and not overly appetizing version. Avoid those.

You want a robust bread for this recipe that will give support to the mushy topping. Pick bread that is free of gaping holes and crumbly crusts. A dense sourdough loaf from your local baker is perfect.

If you can get your hands on some good quality marinated goats cheese, do that. Or, if you’re organised, you can make it yourself with a recipe like this one from Saveur. Feta (from goat or cow) also works really well. I am very partial to an Australian goats cheese from Meredith Dairy, and was lucky to find it in my local cheese store in Brooklyn – even better for a taste of home.

Lime and mint make a guest appearance in this recipe, taking a break from their traditional cocktail duties, to provide some levity and zing.

You may not be homesick, but you can travel to Melbourne vicariously through this toast, and I can assure you that it’s a lovely place to visit.

Update: Simple Provisions readers have sent in their version of homesick toast – check them out here.

Homesick Toast (Avocado and Goats Cheese with Lime on Toast)

Serves 2 for breakfast or lunch

Ingredients

2 thick slices of your favourite bread

1 avocado

Juice of 1/2 a lime

2 teaspoons chopped mint, plus a bit extra for presentation

60g goat cheese or feta

Olive oil

Salt flakes and freshly ground pepper

Method

Toast your bread. While it’s in the toaster, halve, pit  and peel your avocado and scoop out the flesh with a spoon then pop it in a bowl.

Mash the avocado with a fork and mix in the lime juice and mint. Crumble your cheese and fold it into the avocado mixture, leaving some bits chunky.

Spread the avocado mixture onto your toast and top with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Sprinkle some extra mint to make it pretty and serve with lime wedges on the side.

200 thoughts on “Homesick Toast

  1. As much as I love bagels and cream cheese, you Melbourne breakfast looks far better. Perhaps it is my serious love of avocados. I’ve got a few ripening on my counter right now and some mint in my fridge. Sounds like breakfast tomorrow morning for me!

  2. GREAT tip about checking the avocado for ripeness…I’m always so disappointed when I cut into one only to find about two useable bites…

    Your recipe looks absolutely amazing, by the way.
    :)

  3. Yummmm! I love avocado, but not a big fan of goat cheese because it’s a bit strong for me. I prefer cheddar or farmer’s cheese. I’ll definitely have to try this. And congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  4. I’ve just written a post about missing the food from home – must be one of those days. Long live the Melbourne breakfast. Nothing in the world beats it!!

  5. I love the avocado. I love make a sandwich with just american cheese and avocado with the bread toast. In Puerto Rico we make Gaspacho. It is a recipe with avocado, cod, tomatoes and oilve oil. You cut everything in square and mix with olive oil. You can eat gaspacho with white rice or with bread as a sandwich. Oh my now I am hungry see you all I have to eat!

  6. Meredith dairy goat’s cheese fetta – heaven in a jar. Bedford Cheese Shop – one of the big things I miss about NY :)

  7. That’s a California meal! My family makes something similar all the time but haven’t tried it with goat cheese. We usually mix in a little grated gouda or manchego. I will have to try it with the goat cheese! My husband lived in Australia when he was young. We really want to go back some time!! If you love all things avocado you can check out my blog at: http://sarahsjoys.com/2012/02/24/avocado-pesto/, http://sarahsjoys.com/2012/02/21/chocolate-avocado-mousse/, and http://sarahsjoys.com/2011/12/11/avocado-fudge/ Congratulations on being freshly pressed!!

  8. I would definitely eat this anytime, not just for breakfast. I looks delectable. Have you made it for your co-workers?

  9. A Freshly Pressed Aussie Brekky – delish :) (we actually thought it was a bit bonkers when we first emigrated to Australia 6 years ago but nowadays we have far less Pommie marmalade on toast and much more avocado! )

  10. o wooooow! i soooo wna try making this. i looove avocado &this is one more awesome way of enjoying it. will endeavor to make one soon! :D

  11. simple but ez to make. I eat my avocado on a corn tortilla slathered with salsa. But, i must try this Aussie toast…thank you!

  12. This is so beautiful that it makes ME homesick and I grew up in London and do not remember knowing avocados existed outside of colorful storybooks- for what is really an embarrassing length of time. Really, really lovely. Thank you for sharing and spreading your nostalgia!

  13. I love the Meredith goats cheese on a good sourdough with avocado….great post and you’ve inspired me to go shopping for this weekend’s breakfast :-)

  14. My “homesick toast” (Canadian in Australia for the year) is simply peanut butter and jam since it reminds me of my mom. I took bagels to a staff breakfast and they got a lot of comments… many not positive – I didn’t realize bagels were SO NOT common here! Whoops!

  15. As someone who moved to Australia 18 months ago I can confirm that this brekkie is theeeee best! So simple and so yum, I’ve never tried it with mint though, I’ll have to give that a go soon, thanks!

  16. Yum, this looks scrumptious! I visited Australia in 2004, and Melbourne was my favorite city… although this recipe makes me homesick for California, where avocados are always in season. Thanks for sharing!

  17. sounds like the perfect bite! Will definitely have to try this for breakfast or a snack.. you could start a new breakfast trend here in the US with this :)

  18. Yah! someone who also loves the simplicity of an avocado on bread:) Here in LA we have lots of lovely avocados.. and I usually mash mine up and put it in tortilla… Divine..:)

  19. I love the name of your creation, it’s just ridiculously simple.

    A cafe near my apartment in Brisbane used to make something similar and after reading your post, I’m craving the toast and missing the city.

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  20. I could actually feel myself salivating while reading your recipe. Sounds beyond delicious and I am now going to nip down to my local Tesco’s and grab some of the ingredients. Cheers Mate!

  21. Yummm, looks so delicious. I would rather eat that than a bagel any day. Bagels are the easy way to go, but they’re definitely not something you should eat everyday, that’s how I put on my freshmen 20 in college : ).

  22. sounds delicious. I will certainly try this on our homemade artisan bread and perhaps a slice of fresh tomato from the garden.

  23. Wow! The photo itself looks so appetizing! And love the name of the toast too. A really healthy, yummy and beautiful (I mean it!) toast! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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  25. A great post! I started my food blog just two days ago, the premise of which was to sort of bring home, or homeland/s closer by way of food. The theme is smashing too. Perfect for a food blog. I just put up my my first, post (rather clumsily, I must add), and the work that you have put in to make your blog look-how-it-looks inspires me to do the same.

    Thanks for the inspiration! And congratulations on being featured on freshly pressed :)

  26. I just ate lunch (quinoa feta salad) but am hungry again after seeing the above image. Being a bit ditzy your lost me with the boiled dough part, as the picture didn’t match (I can get stuck on things like that, lol) but then I read on and was very pleased with your tip on checking avocados! I’ve never heard that before. I’ll definitely try this, there are some great local goat cheeses made here in Oregon. I’m not sure what my homesick dish would be…but you have me thinking and salivating. Hope you have a fabulous day and I’m already eyeing your asparagus tart link, be well. I only have a couple of recipes on my blog, but if you’re curious here’s a link :)

    http://myrenaissancelife.net/

  27. You’ve inspired me to add the citrus, cheese and herbs to a snack I already love, and the tip on checking ripeness without squeezing the poor blighters to death is genius, thank you.

  28. I so know what you mean. I’m a Melbourne girl, and not long home from an 18 month stint on Long Island. I’m still reveling in the re-found glory of the great melbourne cafe brekkie. Next time you come home, try Ora in Kew. Your homesick toast, fresh with mint, looked like it was from their menu. And as for the coffee???

  29. Delicious!! I loove avocados, and the addition of mint and citrus would be so tasty, I bet, so I’ll definitely be trying this one. And isn’t that helpful hint about avocado ripeness from the Kitchn a lifesaver? It basically changed my life. Not even exaggerating a little bit :)

  30. I love Avocado on toast! I’ve converted my American in-laws to this divine breakfast too… Doing my bit to spread the goodness :)

    I haven’t tried it with mint / citrus so will give that a go, thanks.

  31. I just started eating avocados on toasted sandwiches regularly and love them. The idea of adding goat cheese and lime sounds divine. I’ll give it a go.Thanks for the recipe.

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  36. Just wonderful Amelia! I made this today for myself and my teenage nephew, we were drooling over it as we were eating it. Delicious! Thank you for sharing. (I came across it via Groo New York on FB.)

    Would you mind if I posted pics of my version of your creation on my blog with full credit to you? It’d be an injustice NOT to share.

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  39. Avocado on toast is one of the best things that I discovered while studying in Australia – I cannot believe that it is not more popular in the US! It’s also pretty amazing on a warm bagel – maybe you can fuse the morning traditions?

  40. I absolutely love this recipe with the goat cheese, citrus, and herbs. When I was living in Barcelona, we made a hearty multi-grain toast with avocado, queso fresco (from a dairy farm open from 1036), chili powder, and Spanish olive oil–seriously the best piece of heaven I could get. I look forward to biting into this toastie with goat cheese!

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  46. I found your blog via pinterest. I had to make this as I love avocado and goat cheese. I just made this for lunch and it is so good. Thank you for sharing your homesick toast.

  47. Yum!! This is perfect for breakfast or lunch….although, I just made it for dinner. Made on rye bread….so good and healthy!

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  49. This is one of my favorite quick and easy lunches! I never used mint (it’s not an ingredient I ever have on hand) but I always use full lime’s worth of juice. Yum! Thanks!

  50. This looks absolutely delicious! Avocado, toast and feta? My mouth waters thinking about it. I plan to make some soon using feta and include it in my “52 Bites” blog series, crediting you for the recipe of course :)

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  58. Would you mind if I posted your recipe on my blog? Of course I will provide links back to you, it’s just too good not to share with my readers! I’ve been eating it almost every morning for the last two weeks! And I’m not even homesick! Thanks!

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  65. I’m very late to the party in reading this post, but I absolutely understand your definition of homesick toast! I make this very same combination (in fact, I recognised the Meredith Dairy cheese in the first picture!) and it’s dear to my heart. Glad you can get your fave cheese where you are. Little things like that can be quite therapeutic when you’re experiencing homesickness. Thanks for sharing this xxx

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