I was recently in Sonoma County California to tour the La Crema Winery and set up a few amazing posts for a fabulous series I am doing with my friend Megan of Freckled Italian and La Crema that focuses on easy, elegant entertaining with a farm-to-table focus. While both are on-trend, it can be hard to find delicious, easy food that is pretty and farm fresh- but we set out to do just that with this delicious series.
One of meals we were dying to prepare was a wine tasting brunch party. Most people think mimosas with brunch- but there are a wide variety of white wines that perfectly compliment fresh brunch foods. We chose to spotlight La Crema’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Monterrey Pinot Gris, and Bennet Valley Viognet with our savory and sweet brunch party. And one of the absolutely divine recipes from the morning? These delicious, creamy, and comforting Avocado Toasts!
Avocado Toast is becoming a crazy-popular trend, and we wanted to put our own little spin on the new brunch star. We’re taking crunchy baked baguettes and lots of fresh ingredients to kick our toasts up a notch and make them cocktail dress worthy for a decidedly fancy brunch party- but they are still one of the easiest and most impressive dishes you can make and serve for guests!
These Avocado toasts are rich, creamy, and delicious– and incredibly easy to make and serve! We’re outlining four easy topping ideas here, but it’s a really adaptable dish- you could even set up a little avocado toast bar where guests can pick their own toppings!
- I baguette, sliced into ¼" slices
- 2 avocados, smashed
- fresh salsa or pico de gallo
- onion and tomato mix (1/4 onion and 2 tomatoes, sliced and tossed with white vinegar)
- pomegranate perils
- 4 slices of bacon, halved
- Bake baguette slices at 250 for 15-30 minutes until crunchy.
- Cream avocados in a bowl.
- Spread avocado on bread.
- Top some toasts with salsa, some with pomegranate perils, some with bacon slices, and some with a mixture of onions and tomatoes-- or set out toppings and encourage guests to come up with their own mixture!
When styling your avocado toasts, I love big, rustic platters. We used a large wooden platter that was well-worn and pre-plated the toasts before serving to guests. You don’t want to spread the avocado too early, as it will brown (adding lemon juice to the avocado helps it from browning too quickly)- but this is a dish that looks impressive passed from guest to guest- allowing them to pick toasts with the toppings they enjoy the most, or one of all the variations.
Avocado itself might seem like an odd pick for white wine- but it actually pairs beautifully. The crisp, slightly acidic notes in La Crema’s Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, as well as the subtle sweetness, help cut the fat in avocado and bring out the saltiness in the bread. It’s a delicious and unexpected pairing your guests will love!
For more on our Farm To Table Brunch Party, check out our guide:
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of La Crema. The opinions and text are all mine.