Breakfast Upgrade

by May 6, 2021Food & Drink, Recipes, South Brunswick

Say no to boring breakfast with this fresh and filling take on avocado toast.

Like most of us these days, I have been working a lot from home. My spouse has been working from home, and our children are “going to school” from home, so it’s been an unusually full house on weekdays.

The first meal of the day is considered the most important, and I always took it for granted. I am no longer picking up an office breakfast, and our kids are not provided a healthy breakfast by the school cafeteria. It has become clear that our family can eat cereal, eggs, bacon and pancakes only so many times in the morning before it becomes redundant and I am left trying to create a new breakfast option.

BLT Avocado Toast was an early morning creation I made using a few things I already had in the kitchen. It was instantly a hit with my family.

Avocado toast has become more and more popular in recent years and is basically avocado on toast, but I suggest topping it with some type of protein, such as eggs, beans, meat or cheese. This combination of avocado, bacon, lettuce and tomato on toast can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner and doubles as the perfect snack.

When preparing this recipe, you want to look for a bread that is hearty and can hold up to all the ingredients that go on top. Using a larger loaf is also beneficial so you have more surface area to work with. I used whole grain bread because that is what we had on hand, but any type of bread with sturdy slices will work.

I used arugula for this recipe because I had it on hand, and it adds the perfect sharp pepperiness. You can certainly substitute butter lettuce, spring greens or spinach for a similar look and texture. I personally prefer cherry tomatoes to other tomato options, and I keep them as a staple in our home as they are good to toss on a salad or in a pasta dish for a sweet pop of flavor. I halve them for this recipe so they don’t roll off and to make them easier to bite. If you prefer larger big boy or beefsteak tomatoes, you can use those, just be sure to slice them thin and drain off excess juices.

Any kind of bacon will be tasty in this recipe but I prefer the thick-cut bacon. You can also use applewood or hickory-smoked bacon for a little added flavor. It takes a bit longer to fry the thick-cut bacon and it creates more grease, but that is great for the drizzle. The bacon grease mixed with mayo makes the most incredible flavor; it also thins out the mayo so it can be drizzled over the top.

If you and your family are also looking for a new breakfast option, then try this BLT Avocado Toast. It is hearty and filling and will be a perfect way to kickstart your day.

Photography by James Stefiuk

Print Recipe
BLT Avocado Toast
Say no to boring breakfast with this fresh and filling take on avocado toast.
BLT Avocado Toast
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Brunch
Keyword avocados, bacon, toast
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Brunch
Keyword avocados, bacon, toast
Servings
servings
Ingredients
BLT Avocado Toast
Instructions
  1. Toast the bread until crispy.
  2. Meanwhile, fry the bacon until crisp and remove from heat. When cooled, crumble the bacon, reserving the bacon grease.
  3. Peel and mash the avocado to your desired level of creaminess; feel free to leave some larger chunks.
  4. Spread the avocado onto the bread; top with tomatoes halves, bacon crumbles and arugula.
  5. Combine the mayo and a little of the reserved bacon grease to desired consistency. Drizzle over the top of the topped toast.
  6. Season with salt and pepper

Sponsored by ATMC

Sponsored by New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Sponsored by Triad Power Wash
Sponsored by The Computer Warriors