Marika's Menu: Avocado Toast

Credit: Marika Yang/Publisher Credit: Marika Yang/Publisher

Avocado toast gets a bad rap. Whenever it comes up in conversation, it always follows with “how millennial” or “so hipster” voiced with semi-disdain. Yes, avocado toast is popular among millennials and my generation, Gen-Z, but that doesn’t mean it deserves all the eye rolls. Avocado is one of the best foods in the world (in my humble opinion), and the more dishes we put it in, the better. I’ve had avocado toast in Greenwich Village, the most hipster place imaginable, and in Pittsburgh, at a small café. There are so many options when it comes to making your own too.

Much of what I cook depends on what I have in the fridge. For this avocado toast, I happened to have a couple slices of naan, so that’s what I went with, but bagels, waffles, or just plain old sliced bread works just the same. I’m also a huge fan of mustard, so I slather it in every sandwich I make, but if you like mayo, relish, or any other type of spread, go for it. The best thing about cooking for yourself is that you get to decide everything.

- 1 avocado (duh!)
- 1 tomato
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 2 slices of bread, toasted
- Mustard, to spread

1) Peel and pit the avocado. Cut it into slices, or mash if you prefer. Cut the tomato into slices.
2) On a skillet, heat the olive oil at medium-high. Crack the eggs into the pan and fry until they’re cooked to your preference (Tip: If you have egg rings to mold them into a nice circle, they're useful here). Season the egg with salt and pepper.
3) Toast the bread and spread mustard on each one. Carefully place the avocado and tomato slices on the bread, topped with one egg on each slice.

Enjoy your avocado toast with a soy chai latte and some ambient indie-pop music in the background. Embrace the culture!