Chickpea and Avocado Smash

Do you find that sandwiches always taste better when someone else makes them for you?  I do.  If you make your own sandwiches and enjoy them, can you tell me your secrets?

Sure, I like a luscious grilled cheese sandwich made with leftover curried onion jam.  And I can always snuggle a cold slice of any of these frittatas between two pieces of whole wheat toast swiped with mayonnaise and harissa.  But a real, well-composed, flavorful vegetarian sandwich takes some work.  I usually leave it to the professionals.  Or, you know, anyone else who’s offering to make me a sandwich.

But a spread?  A spread I can do.  In fact, I learned, I can make this one with one hand while holding a clingy baby in the other arm.  (When I was preparing to welcome my first baby, why didn’t anyone tell me to practice feeding myself with one hand?  I’ve got some experience by now, but even if you’re a novice, you too can make this spread with one hand.)  It was inspired by this good-looking sandwich from the makes-me-want-to-eat-cookies blog Two Peas and Their Pod.  But you know how I feel about making my own sandwiches.

You also know how I feel about making my own beans, but on this occasion I used canned chickpeas.  No biggie.  They get a bit lost in the smash anyway, adding more texture and protein than flavor to the creamy, salty, mustardy spread.  And although this would be a perfectly acceptable dip for veggie spears (or chips, for that matter), I heaped it onto rounds of a seedy baguette.  Almost like a sandwich.

Chickpea and Avocado Smash: Use a fork to coarsely smash 1 1/2 c. drained chickpeas (rinsed if they are from a can).  Scoop in a ripe avocado and smash again, leaving some chunks.  Give it a good sprinkle of sea salt, a big squeeze of lemon, and a dollop of dijon mustard.  Adjust seasoning to taste and serve with baguette slices, crackers, or veggies.

9 thoughts on “Chickpea and Avocado Smash

    1. emmycooks Post author

      Nice, it was my lunch today! I love Dave’s Killer Bread but have never had their bagels, I will have to keep an eye out for them. Because you are right, that sounds like a perfect combo.

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