Move over mashed avocado on toast – now your avocado can BE the bread!
• 120 grams (4 ounces/scant cup) polenta
• 1 teaspoon sea salt
• 1 teaspoon muscovado sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• Pinch of cayenne pepper
• Pinch of ground cumin
• 1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes
• Pinch of hot smoked paprika
• 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for greasing
• Large handful of coriander
• Cilantro leaves
• 1 garlic clove, peeled
• 30 grams butter, melted and cooled
• 100 milliliters whole milk
• Juice of 1 lime
• 1 egg, beaten
• 2 large, very ripe
• Avocados, 1 cut into small cubes, 1 sliced
• 1 red onion, 1/2 diced, 1/2 sliced
• 1 large tomato, diced
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F/Gas 7). Grease a high-sided ovenproof dish, ovenproof frying pan (skillet) or high-sided baking tray and pop it in the oven until it's stinking hot.
2. Place the polenta, salt, sugar, baking powder, spices, chilli flakes and paprika in a bowl and mix to combine.
3. Make a herb oil by whizzing the oil with the coriander and garlic in a mini-chopper or pounding together in a pestle and mortar.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, milk, herb oil, lime juice and egg. Pour the liquid ingredients into the polenta mixture and stir. Fold through the cubed avocado, diced red onion and tomato.
5. Remove the hot dish from the oven and pour the mixture in, topping it with the sliced avocado and sliced red onion.
6. Turn the oven temperature down to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6) and bake for 20-25 minutes, until puffed and golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Fry 4-6 eggs and serve with the bread.