Mushrooms on toast with poached eggs and hollandaise


  • Serves 4 people

  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 400 gm mixed mushrooms, such as pine and chestnut
  • 40 gm butter, coarsely chopped
  • 2 golden shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives, plus extra to serve
  • 8 eggs, at room temperature
  • Splash of white vinegar
  • 4 thick slices sourdough bread
  • To serve: softened butter
  • Hollandaise sauce
  • golden shallots, finely diced
  • 50 ml white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 tarragon sprig
  • 125 gm butter, coarsely chopped
  • 2 egg yolks
  • To taste: Tabasco sauce
01   For hollandaise sauce, simmer shallot, vinegar, pepper and tarragon in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced by half (2-3 minutes). Set aside to cool, then refrigerate to infuse (6 hours-overnight). Heat butter in a saucepan over low heat, skimming to remove milk solids (discard) until clear (12-15 minutes), strain through a fine sieve lined with muslin, set aside and keep warm. Whisk yolks, vinegar reduction and 1 tbsp water in a heatproof bowl over simmering water until thick and emulsified (3-4 minutes). Slowly add butter in a thin steady stream, whisking until all is incorporated. Thin to sauce consistency with a little warm water if necessary, add Tabasco to taste, cover and keep warm.
02   Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add mushrooms, cook until just golden (2-3 minutes), season to taste and set aside on absorbent paper. Wipe pan with absorbent paper, reduce heat to medium, add butter and heat until foaming. Add shallot, garlic and thyme, stir continuously until shallot is tender (1-2 minutes), add mushrooms and chives, season to taste and keep warm.
03   Preheat grill to medium-high heat and grill bread until golden (1-2 minutes each side).
04   Meanwhile, poach eggs in a large saucepan of simmering water with a splash of vinegar over medium heat until soft-poached (2½ minutes), then drain on absorbent paper.
05   To serve, spread toast with butter, top with mushroom mixture, then poached eggs, spoon hollandaise sauce over and scatter with chives.
This recipe is from the June 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller
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