We knew we were onto something when we decided to put smashes on the cover of our January/February issue, and the fact that we weren't the only ones reaffirmed us. Toast is so in for 2015, and we don't just mean charred bread with a pat of butter. A thick slice of toast topped with a mixture of flavors and textures-- creamy and crunchy; spicy and sweet-- is the perfect way to start your day, satisfy an afternoon craving or top off a late night out. We'll toast to these five toasts, any time of day!
The classic: Avocado Smash
In a bowl, smash 2 large pitted and peeled avocados with 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice and 1 small grated garlic clove; season. Mound on 4 slices of toast and sprinkle with pepper.
Spiced Chickpea Smash
In a microwaveable bowl, combin 1 can (15 oz.) rinsed chickpeas, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice, 1 tsp. each ground cumin and group coriander, 1/2 tsp. turmeric, 1 small grated garlic clove and a pinch cayenne. Heat on high 1 minute. Smash; season. Mound on 4 slices of toast. Top with cilantro leaves.
Beet & Feta Smash
In a bowl, smash 6 oz. packaged precooked beets, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 2 tsp. fresh orange juice and 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar; season. Mix in 3 oz. crumbled feta. Mound on 3 slices of toast; top with orange zest.
White Bean Smash
In a microwaveable bowl, combine 1 can (15 oz.) rinsed cannellini beans, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary and 1 small chopped garlic clove. Heat on high 1 minute. Smash; season. Mound on 4 slices of toast; garnish with crushed red pepper and drizzle with EVOO.
Butternut Squash Smash
In a microwaveable bowl, combine 4 cups (1 lb.) cubed butternut squash, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 sliced scallion and 1/2 tbsp. sliced fresh sage; season. Heat on high in 2-minute increments until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Smash; season. Spread 1 tbsp. goat cheese on each of 4 slices of toast; mound with squash. Top with sliced scallions.