Avocado tahini toast top, Maureen Abood
“You should make them your chicken wings.

Or better yet, my rocking hot chili. I can’t believe you haven’t given them that!”

That’s what my sister Peg said when I told her what’s cooking this week at Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. Apparently salted avocado toast with tahini and sesame seeds didn’t strike her as terribly helpful in preparation for game-day fare.

Okay, agreed. This is healthy-breakfast, mid-morning-snack fare. But the game isn’t until later (right? I need to know so I can catch the half-time show, a few commercials, and then make my za’atar popcorn for Downton Abbey at 9 EST), and come on, it’s not Thanksgiving or something when everyone’s “saving up” all day and not eating til later.

Avocado for toast, Maureen AboodToast ingredients, Maureen Abood

Besides, I’d have nothing of holding off another minute, let alone another week, to share this toast with you. I’ve been stalking avocado toast and toasts of every sort for a good long time, because they’re everywhere (note the cover of Bon Appetit, January) and because I’m such a huge toast person in general. Sometimes I think I bake talami just so I can toast it two days later.

I was shocked, and fascinated, to see that there was no toaster on the counter when I married Dan and moved in; recently when I told him that what he was looking for was in the cabinet by the toaster, he asked: where’s the toaster? I don’t mind saying I’ve been toasting in the oven, under the broiler, until I can lasso the perfect toaster that’ll handle bread that comes from unusually-shaped, often lengthy and large, artisanal loaves of real bread.

Zingermans bread, Maureen AboodZingermans meat counter, Maureen Abood

Also, in defense of avocado toast this week, I just made a visit to Ann Arbor that included a stop at Zingerman’s, and I’m so bonkers over it that I have to tell everyone I see about how much I love that place, how I can’t believe I’ve never been in before, how this shop changes my life because I now understand that in 45 minutes (the same amount of time it took me to ride the L downtown Chicago to my epicurean dream-shops or the bus across San Francisco to the Ferry Market), I can put my hands on any cheese imaginable, ten different species of prosciutto with special recommendations from the guy behind the counter, an entire wall of honeys (granted, none less than $19).

This is big news over here in mid-Michigan.

Zingermans wall of honey, Maureen Abood

 

Zingermans sign, Maureen Abood

Zingerman’s is famous for their decadent house-made sandwiches, but all I could think of when I saw their golden, sesame-speckled loaves of challah was not an epic sandwich, but toast.

With avocado. Tahini. Maldon salt. On my own blue toast plate.

Challah, Maureen AboodChallah toast, Maureen AboodAvocado tahini toast, Maureen Abood

While you’re out shopping for dips (by the way: try this one, this one, and this one) and wings and things for Sunday afternoon (or is it evening?), set aside one of the avocados you bought for guac and throw in the very finest loaf of bread you can buy or bake. You’ve got some game-day toast to make.

Salted Tahini Avocado Toast
 
There are few ingredients in this toast, barely touched, so every one of them matters and should be the best you can find. Be sure the avocado is just this side of soft here, so that it just barely gives when squeezed.
Serves: 1 slice toast
Ingredients
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • ½ ripe avocado, sliced
  • Thick slice of golden, hot toast
  • Spoonful of tahini
  • Pinch of Maldon salt
  • Pinch of toasted sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Squeeze the lemon juice over the slices of avocado, then lay the slices of avocado over the hot toast (nope, don't need butter). Drizzle tahini generously over the avocado and the toast. Top with the salt and sesame seeds. Eat immediately, then repeat.

 

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20 Responses to "Salted Tahini Avocado Toast"
  1. Marcy Bishop Kates says:

    Avocado and tahini? Oh my word, I would have never thought of this, but it sounds brilliant. I am a tahini FREAK. If I can find a ripe avo today, this will be dinner tonight. Oh, and remind me to share my recipe for brioche with you–it would be brilliant with this!

  2. Cheryl says:

    I first came across your lovely blog when I was searching on ‘Lebanese potato salad’…so glad I found you. Avocado and lemon are two of my favourite foods. When you suggest adding tahini, do you mean straight from the jar? Or tahini that’s been mixed with lemon, water, garlic, salt etc? Thanks

  3. Hiba says:

    Love the recipe! I’m going to try it right away, thanks for sharing 🙂

    Love from Beirut.
    Hiba
    http://www.cloudoflace.com

  4. Susan says:

    Funny, I make avocado toast all the time… so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it in Rachel Ray’s magazine recently along with a Chick Pea mash (which I just have to try soon).

    I’ll have to try it with tahini though.

    Zingerman’s is fab! Living in the Detroit suburbs it was a fun day outing when going to the Hands On Museum.

  5. G says:

    I didn’t realize I was so ahead of the times! I discovered how good avocado on toast is 35 years ago. Never thought of drizzling tahini on it though. (I make reeeeally good tahini. You taught me how.) This might be the perfect treat while I watch Downton Abbey at 8:00 CST. Don’t know, don’t care whether the game will be over with by then.

  6. Diane Nassir (my maternal grandmother was an Abowd from Ammun, Leb.) says:

    My husband and I are now vegan and this looks scrumptious-however, we most love your last line of instructions which we will follow to the letter!

  7. Ralph Shaheen says:

    Try mashing avocado on toast or English muffin, then sprinkle it with lemon pepper. It’s great.
    Bet it would be good on talami toast as well.

  8. jenn says:

    I love, love, love avocado toast! But I’ve never tried it with tahini and sesame seeds….it sounds SO yummy! Can’t wait to try this for breakfast tomorrow.

  9. Danielle says:

    This looks DIVINE! I rarely use tahini as a dip or sauce in and of itself–usually we reserve it for hommos, moutabbal, or tarator. Looking forward to savoring this combo of flavors!

  10. Reneé says:

    Maureen, this recipe sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I also make a long drive to Zingerman’s-from Windsor, ON-but it’s well worth it! The sandwiches are incredible & so is the shopping afterwards! By the way, I love your blue plates! Where can I find these?

    • Maureen Abood says:

      Hi Renee! I collect blue plates from second-hand and antique shops, which is where this one came from. Sorry I can’t direct you to a specific pattern but you can find every pattern in every color at Replacements.com!

  11. Martin says:

    What brand of tahini do you use? The tahini I find in San Diego stores is a thick paste–it doesn’t “drizzle”–but perhaps I’m buying the wrong one.

    • Maureen Abood says:

      Hi Martin–great question…not all tahini is created equal! I use a special brand that I will be making available soon, which is imported from Lebanon. That thick paste is usually a sign of age in the tahini. I do like Joyva brand as well as the occasional Greek tahini I find in local grocery stores.

  12. Canvasli says:

    Avocado toast sounds great! Never think of trying toast with avocado. Thanks for the idea x

  13. neha says:

    I 1st chanced on your beautiful diary once I was looking out on ‘Lebanese potato salad’…so glad I found you. Avocado and lemon area unit 2 of my favorite foods. once you counsel adding paste, does one mean straight from the jar? Or paste that’s been mixed with lemon, water, garlic, salt etc? Thanks

  14. Renee says:

    I don’t known whether to thank you or not. So simple. So good. So darn addictive.
    Toast is my ultimate comfort food anyway. I’ve put avocado on it before, but the combination with tahini…*contented sigh*

    I just wish tahini was easier to find here. I’m reduced to mail-ordering it from Amazon. Don’t mind the mail-order part, but now they have it, now they don’t, now it’s one price, now it’s another. You get the idea.

  15. Matt says:

    Hmm, how about throwing another piece of that awesome bread on there and making a sandwich? With sweet potato chips?

  16. Rachel says:

    I love avocado and this is such a great little recipe to try. Will definitely be doing just that 🙂 Lovely photos as well, and what a fabulous looking shop that is.

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