These avocado toast recipes are packed with flavour

Updated: March 19, 2018

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If you haven’t yet jumped on the avocado toast band-wagon, now’s the time. Smash an  avocado, leaving it as lumpy as you like, and spread on well-toasted bread (about ½ avo per full-sized slice). Then top with … well, the  possibilities are endless. Here are five combos for brunch, lunch, or (on bite-sized  pieces of toast) cocktail hour. —Ann Vanderhoof

THE CLASSIC
Top avocado with a squeeze of lemon, sprinkle with sea salt and hot pepper flakes, and drizzle with olive oil.(Served at a NYC café, this was what launched the avo-cado toast craze in North America.)

ITALIAN-STYLE
Top with shavings of Parmesan and halved cherry tomatoes, and drizzle with bal-samic vinegar.

BACON & BLUE
Top with bits of bacon and crumbled blue cheese.

BBQ SHRIMP 
Mash avocado with a squeeze of lime and a pinch of cumin, top with grilled garlic shrimp, and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

THE SOUTH-WESTERLY
Mash avocado as  for BBQ Shrimp, and top with chopped tomato and jala-peno, kernels cut from a grilled ear of corn, and a sprinkle of sea salt.

THE RIPE STUFF
Rock-hard avos? Put them in a brown paper bag with an apple or a banana, and leave at room temp. The fruit releases ethylene gas, which speeds ripening. Once avocados are ripe (but never before), store them in the fridge.