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Avocado toast with microgreens, pistachios, and parmesan

The true origins of avocado toast may never be ascertained, but the now-ubiquitous breakfast favourite appears to have started in Australia in 1993 when a Sydney chef put it on his menu. However, Southern Californians who grew up in the 1950s can attest to it being a part of their food world long before its global popularity. Today, the toast has gone well beyond the basic crushed avocado, salt, and pepper to just about anything a cook fancies. Pistachios, for one, make an excellent topping: colourful, flavourful, and crunchy. Some salty cheese and a sprinkle of microgreens are added here, but the only real limit is the creator’s imagination.

You’ll need: 2 slices whole-grain bread; 1 avocado; 1/4 tsp fine sea salt; 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper; 1/2 cup (15g) microgreens; 1/3 cup (45g) pistachios, coarsely chopped; 1/2 cup (55g) shaved Parmesan cheese

To make: Toast the bread slices in a toaster or toaster oven, then place each slice on a plate.
With a sharp knife, cut the avocado in half. Carefully remove the pit, prying it away with the tip of the knife. With each avocado half still in its skin, cut it lengthwise into slices 12mm thick, being careful not to pierce the skin. Slide the knife between the flesh and the skin of an avocado half to remove the slices and arrange slices on a piece of toast. Repeat with the remaining avocado half, topping the second piece of toast.
Sprinkle the avocado with the salt and pepper, followed by the microgreens and pistachios. Top with the cheese and serve.

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Compiled by: Kym Argo

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