Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Avocado Toasts with Pumpkin Seed Pangrattato

Quick bites during this busy time have become my mode du jour. Here is one that kind of rocked my socks off, created from assorted leftover bits. It started with an avocado and green pea spread lightened with lime juice. The kicker is the topper - a pangrattato of toasted pumpkin seeds, Parmesan, and thyme. It adds the perfect savoury crunch atop the rich and creamy spread. Easy, healthy, and tasty. With some fresh fruit or snacking veggies, it's a great light lunch!

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Avocado Toasts with Pumpkin Seed Pangrattato
Serves 2
It's a fusion of two different treats inspired from Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver (Cook with Jamie pg.349).

olive oil
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/8 cup breadcrumbs
1 dried chili
a pinch dried thyme
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

1 avocado
225g frozen (or tinned) peas (drained and room temp)
juice of half lime
half a small clove garlic
1/4 tsp salt

whole-grain bread

1) In a pan over med-low, heat the olive oil gently and add in the pumpkin seeds, breadcrumbs, chili flakes, and thyme. Cook until toasted (5-10 mins) Take off heat and add in the Parmesan and a bit of salt/pepper if you wish.

2) In a food processor, whizz the avocado, peas, lime, garlic, and salt until smooth.

3) Toast bread, spread the avocado-pea mash, and sprinkle with the pumpkin seed pangrattato

- Jo


  1. It does seem good and healthy. I should try this one out soon with the picky kids and husband. Vedrai, capirai la lingua italiana immediatamente. Ciao!

    1. I'd be curious to know if your little ones like it! Avocado is not so popular here it seems...e grazie per l'incoraggiamento :)

  2. How does everything sound so much better in Italian? pangrattato v. breadcrumb mix. I'll take the former. What a great toast topping!

    1. Right?! Italian totally transforms it. It may be a bit taboo - breadcrumbs on toast, but it works for me!


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