I was about to talk about how retarded this recipe is but then I remembered that we’re not allowed to say retarded anymore. Which really makes no sense as I don’t think anybody actually uses that word to describe someone’s mental capacity. Personally, to me, retarded is a high compliment. Along with stupid and ridiculous. As in this recipe is ridiculously, stupidly retarded yum. But, I’m sure that would just offend people. So I won’t say it.
I will say this recipe is just beyond. Crusty bread topped with mashed up avocado with flavors ranging from sweet sprouts to spicy jalapeno – uh, yeah, so
retarded good right??!?! Add in a few unexpected twists from black-eyed peas and sugar and you’ve got the perfect meal. Or appetizer. Or side dish. Or late night snack. Shit, I would even eat this for dessert.
Recipe by Charlotte Abrams
Photo by Kathryn Brass
Courtesy of Edible Sarasota
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
½ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup sugar
1 Florida avocado, halved and pitted
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
8 slices good, crusty bread, toasted
1 jalapeno, sliced into rings and seeded, if desired
½ cup cooked black-eyed peas
¼ cup sprouts, such as radish
Place onions in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat, strain, and transfer to heat resistant medium bowl. Combine vinegar, sugar, and pinch of salt in now empty saucepan and bring just to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Immediately pour over onions. Let sit until cool.
Mash avocado with lemon juice and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Top each piece of toast with mashed avocado, pickled onion, jalapenos, beans, and sprouts. Serve immediately.
NOTE: Pickled onions will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Florida avocados are larger, higher in moisture, and lower in fat than their California cousins. This high-in-fiber fruit is a summer staple in these parts. The bright yellow flesh can be sliced onto sandwiches, diced onto salads, pureed into dips, blended into smoothies, or, as it is in this recipe, smashed and served with a variety of fixin’s. Look for firm, bright green skin that gives slightly when pressed.