- 4 slices of rye bread (4 ounces), torn into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps thinly sliced
- 1/4 pound cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
- 1 small onion, very finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 3/4 pound Italian sausage, casings removed and sausage broken into pieces
- 8 large eggs
- Fleur de sel and snipped chives, for garnish
- Hot sauce, for serving
Preheat the oven to 450°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the rye bread pieces with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 5 minutes, until the crumbs are light golden but not completely dry.
In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until shimmering. Add the mushrooms, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of the thyme and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are tender and browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate.
Wipe out the skillet. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and heat until shimmering. Add the onion, garlic, crushed red pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of chopped thyme. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and just starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Add the sausage pieces and cook over moderately high heat, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in the rye bread crumbs, mushrooms and 1/2 cup of water and season with salt and pepper. Keep the hash warm over very low heat, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, bring a very large, deep skillet of water to a simmer over moderate heat. Crack the eggs one at a time into a small bowl and carefully add to the simmering water. Poach the eggs over moderate heat until the whites are set but the yolks are still slightly runny, about 5 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, carefully lift the poached eggs out of the water; blot them dry with paper towels. Spoon the hash onto 4 plates and top with the eggs. Garnish the hash with fleur de sel and snipped chives and serve with hot sauce.