Avocado Bagel (& Lox)
Today’s post features my Jew-ish spin on the popular brunch favorite, avocado toast, including healthy fats from avocado and salmon. Read on about avocado bagel!If you’ve been on Instagram at all lately (follow me @almost.kosher!) and perused the #foodporn which is so abundant on the social media platform, you’ve undoubtedly seen more than a few photos of avocado toast pop up. The pictures range from the mediocre to absolutely stunning, but I must admit, I just didn’t get it. I loved avocado as much as the next person, and I tolerate toast just fine, but I didn’t see what was so appealing about slathering avocado on toast. However, this weekend I jumped on the bandwagon a bit and slathered avocado on MY preferred carb–a bagel.
Avocado Bagel with Lox
There isn’t much of a recipe here because, well, it’s avocado on a bagel. First, find a bagel, toast it. Then, find an avocado and smash it into a spreadable consistency. Add other stuff, if you wish, and then eat it. I decided to have fun with the trendy item and add some smoked salmon and capers. It’s “California” bagel and lox.
When I picked up the lox for the bagel, I found this “Irish style” variety. Being familiar with the Scottish style, I wondered what made this any different (was it soaked in whiskey??!!). A bit disappointingly, it tastes the same as the Scottish style; the only thing that differentiates it from the other is where the salmon was caught. Still, owing in large part to my Irish heritage, I found it novel.
The bagel turned out as pretty as I could have hoped. I mixed a bit of salt into the avocado after mashing it up, and it was delicious. I served it with grapes I had lightly carbonated using a whipping siphon charged with CO2 as part of a class I’ve taken on ChefSteps.
The power of Avocado
The best part of this brunch is how many health benefits are packed into each serving of avocado. Packed full of vitamins and minerals, such as folate (an incredibly important nutrient for pregnant women or women preparing for pregnancy), potassium (much more than bananas), and B6–a nutrient responsible for converting food into energy, avocados are an easy way to supplement a healthy diet. For a complete list of the well-documented benefits of avocado, check out the comprehensive article on Well-Being Secrets “19 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Avocado.” Plus, it’s delicious–creamy and slightly nutty.
In a future post, I’ll share a Southeastern Asian favorite for dessert–Avocado shake. That’s right–avocado as a dessert! It’s amazingly delicious, especially if you’re used to avocado in a savory application.