Mushroom And Poached Egg Recipe By Chef Greg Vernick

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Recipe adapted from Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia

Steamed Mushrooms, Poached Eggs, Chiles And Parmesan
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Greg Vernick's steamed-mushroom-and-poached-egg dish will warm your heart and your stomach.
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Total time: 10 minutes
  • ½ small jalapeño, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 cups wild mushrooms, stemmed and caps thinly sliced (such as a combination of shiitake, oyster and cremini mushrooms)
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped shallot
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 10 flat-leaf parsley leaves, stacked and thinly sliced crosswise (about 2 teaspoons)
  1. In a small bowl, add the jalapeño and 1 tablespoon of the vinegar. Set aside to pickle for 5 minutes.
  2. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, add the mushrooms, chicken broth, olive oil, shallot, thyme and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Cover and cook until the mushrooms are softened, about 5 minutes. Remove the lid and stir in the lemon juice. Season with additional salt if needed.
  3. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, add the remaining 1 teaspoon vinegar and enough water to reach 3 inches up the sides of the pan. Bring to a boil. Working one at a time, crack each egg into a small bowl and carefully tip the egg into the boiling water. Repeat with another egg. Use a slotted spoon to baste the eggs, cooking until the whites are set, about 2 minutes. Use the slotted spoon to carefully transfer the eggs, one at a time, to a paper-towel-lined plate, then repeat with the remaining eggs.
  4. Divide the mushrooms and broth among 4 bowls. Place 1 egg in each of the bowls and season each serving with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese around each egg and top with a few of the pickled jalapeño slices and the parsley. Serve immediately. Calories per Serving: 120; Sodium: 710mg; Total Carbohydrate: 4g; Fiber: 1g; Fat: 7g
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