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Mushroom Hash with Poached Eggs

  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 4

This great hash combines golden mushrooms with toasty rye bread and sausage. It’s excellent with a dash of hot sauce.

  1. 4 slices of rye bread (4 ounces), torn into 1/4-inch pieces
  2. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  3. Kosher salt
  4. Freshly ground pepper
  5. 1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps thinly sliced
  6. 1/4 pound cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  7. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  9. 1 small onion, very finely chopped
  10. 1 garlic clove, minced
  11. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  12. 3/4 pound Italian sausage, casings removed and sausage broken into pieces
  13. 8 large eggs
  14. Fleur de sel and snipped chives, for garnish
  15. Hot sauce, for serving
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.