Mushroom Bacon, Garlic Croutons and Poached Egg Salad

Mushroom Bacon, Garlic Croutons and Poached Egg Salad

Mushroom Bacon, Garlic Croutons and Poached Egg Salad

1 lb / 450g mushrooms, sliced about 1/4″ thick.  Large brown ones are great.

salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. sugar or a drizzle of honey or agave

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

olive oil

2 cloves garlic, sliced thin

2-3 pieces of stale bread (about 1 cup, once sliced)

4 very fresh eggs

water

white vinegar

1 head of butter or romaine lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces

 

Dressing

 

1 garlic clove or 1 tsp. shallot, minced

1.5 T. olive oil

1 T. white wine vinegar or lemon juice

1/2 tsp. mustard

salt and pepper

 

Preheat oven to 350F / 175C.  Toss mushrooms with a drizzle of olive oil, about 1 tsp. salt, some freshly ground pepper, paprika, sugar and garlic powder.  Line baking pan with parchment paper.  Scatter mushrooms in a single layer across pan.  Use two pans (if you have them) so the mushrooms will bake in a single layer.  Roast for 15-20 minutes, til edges are just beginning to get browned.  Flip mushrooms and bake for another 15-20 minutes, til all the water has evaporated out and mushrooms look chewy, almost like bacon. Meanwhile, cut bread into cubes, or tear by hand if using good crusty bread.  Heat about 2 Tbs olive oil over medium-high heat in skillet.  Add sliced garlic and fry 30 seconds, then add bread and quickly toss to coat lightly with oil.  Add a bit more if some pieces look dry.  Add a pinch of salt.  Fry til golden brown, stirring occasionally.  It should take 5-10 minutes.

 

Make dressing – combine garlic, olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice, and mustard.  Give a good whisk.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Bring a medium saucepan of water to a low boil.  Add about a Tbs white vinegar and a good pinch of salt.  If eggs are very fresh, omit the vinegar.  Adjust heat so water is just simmering.  Crack an egg into a small bowl.  Using a long handle, give the water a good swirl, then gently drop egg into vortex.  Cook for about 2 – 2.5 minutes, until white is just set and yolk is still runny.  Remove and drain on a paper towel, then poach remaining 3 eggs.   You can poach eggs in advance – just undercook them slightly and reheat in simmering water for about 10 seconds before serving. Toss lettuce with dressing and croutons.  Plate up with some mushrooms, a poached egg and a pinch of salt and freshly cracked pepper.

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