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Get Your Greens With These 5 Ingredient Toasts

August 9th, 2017

Ed. Note: After seeing a snapshot of my sister-in-law Beth’s gorgeous green toast appetizers, I begged her to share the easy breezy recipes on the blog while summer produce is still at its peak. Beth’s vegetarian diet means that she’s always finding creative ways to make meat-free dishes feel inspired, and these apps are no exception – including the most perfect avocado toast that’s simple and delicious.  Plus, you can find all the kitchen tools & serving pieces she used in the photos at her shop, Lemon Gem – an absolute must-stop on any trip to St. Louis. Beth, take it away! 

Even though it’s early August, the back-to-school buzz always seems to start the long goodbye to summer — something I fight with every fiber of my being each year. I can’t quite bring myself to start thinking about warm, cozy meals and cardigans when, at least here in Missouri, the temps still hit the upper 80s, and the backyard beckons us outside for porch dinners with friends.

Photography by Jordyn Dolan

Avocado Toast, Ricotta Toast, & Grilled Okra

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Serves

Avocado Toast

Ingredients

  • 2 large, thick slices of crusty bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 large avocado
  • fresh lemon juice
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Grill on high heat until well-toasted on both sides. While bread is still very hot, thoroughly rub both slices with garlic clove.
  2. In a medium bowl, roughly mash avocado with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Spread avocado mixture on toast slices. Dust with finishing salt, if desired.
  3. Quickly eat any remaining avocado mixture with a spoon when your guests aren’t looking!

Ricotta Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 pint of ricotta (whole or skim)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 large, thick slices of crusty bread
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • red pepper flakes
  • chopped mint

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, rosemary, honey, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least one hour to allow flavors to marry. The mixture will become saltier as it rests, so add a little less salt than you normally would.
  2. Brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Grill on high heat until well-toasted on both sides. Spread a generous portion of ricotta mixture on bread while it is still warm. Sprinkle on red pepper flakes and mint, and dust with finishing salt, if desired.

Grilled Okra

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of whole okra
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. If your okra is fairly uniform in size, leave it whole. If you have some pieces that are much larger than others, cut the large ones in half to ensure an even cooking time.
  2. Lightly coat the okra in olive oil and give them a good, strong pinch of salt and pepper. Grill on high heat for 5-7 minutes, turning once. The more color you allow them to get on the grill, the better they taste, so be patient. Serve hot.
  3. If you’re worried about the okra falling through your grill grate, a cast iron skillet on top of the grill works just as well.

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8 Comments under :: Get Your Greens With These 5 Ingredient Toasts
  1. Oh my goodness! I’ve never grilled my avocado toast before – this sounds so good!

  2. Marina says:

    I’m not a vegetarian, but who would miss meat when you could be eating these beautiful toasts? Beth, are those jadeite plates?! Might just have to schedule a trip to St. Louis to visit Lemon Gem!

    • Beth says:

      You’ve got a good eye, Marina! These particular ones are from my collection of vintage jadeite pieces, but we do carry a brand that still produces plates, bowls, mugs, tumblers, S&P shakers, cake stands and mixing bowls. The last three we almost always have in stock and the rest are easy for us to order! 🙂

  3. I’ve been cooking up some breakfast avocado toast recipes recently, but I hadn’t thought of them as an appetizer before. Clearly I was missing out!

  4. Everything looks soooo good, gotta try some of these one day!

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  5. This looks delicious. Thank you! I am definitely going to try.

  6. oh wow, such yummy ideas. Time to finally try this avocado toast I’m seeing everywhere. The ricotta one sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing these!

  7. Hilary Hahn says:

    I love avocado toast, but am also eager to try the grilled okra toast because it looks delicious.

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