Nori-Sesame Avocado Toast
Growing up, my big brother would make avocado toast for us all the time, even before he moved to California and we all discovered that restaurants used it as a clutch on their menus like beet salad with goat cheese. I don't remember eating it in grade school, but I do remember the way an avocado half would make me full; and with nori, sesame oil, and salt, it was the most delicious way to satisfy those after-school hunger pangs.
And as a kid, coming home to watch 30 Minute Meals, Emeril Live, and Sweet Dreams — vintage Food Network, mind you — I looked forward to the end of each episode when a perky Rachael or a bombastic Emeril would take a bite, cataloging the tastes with olfactory lyricism (Gale, with cake in her mouth, would remind us that "there's always room for dessert"); and for just two seconds, I'd be having tea with a friend, rather than munching desperately alone on my latchkey-kid Hot Pocket.
1 slice bread, toasted
1/2 pack roasted seaweed snack, crushed with hands
Dribble sesame oil
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
Salt and pepper, to taste
While the bread is toasting, mash the avocado half with the roasted seaweed snack, sesame oil, and sesame seeds in a small bowl or mug. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread the nori-flecked avocado "butter" on the toast.
Variation: A more refined, deconstructed version with toast points (pictured right) would work large-scale for a brunch party. Just multiply this recipe by however many people there are.