…from the Perspectives’ Kitchen
How you doin’? Avocado toast is so passé these days, yet toast remains one of our most favorite foods—and we like it in all its forms.
Hot toast, golden brown, buttered and delicious right out of the toaster. It’s a joy and a comfort any time of day—with a wonderful aroma-filled cinnamon shake-on, perched on the side of a breakfast plate or smothered with peanut butter. Toast is also a terrific midnight snack. But we also like fancy, grilled dinner toast, the kind that frames the sides a steaming bowl of mussels and garlic-infused broth.
Mushroom & Egg Toast falls somewhere between humble home toast and restaurant toast. It’s sourdough, lovingly slathered in olive oil and a pinch of flake salt, grilled, and then piled up with a creamy herb cheese, oyster mushrooms, and a crispy fried egg. The mushrooms are cooked in miso, vinegar, herbs, and aromatics, so they’re meaty and intensely savory. Break that lush egg yolk over the top of them, and you have a rich, satisfying dish, full of flavor and chewy, crunchy, creamy texture. What more could you ask for?
You can serve this dish any time of day. It makes a phenomenal brunch, and an easy, midweek dinner, served with a green salad and a bottle of wine—kind of a pleasant mix of both comfort and luxury.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 to 2 servings
4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 ounces oyster mushrooms
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon white miso paste (found in the Asian section)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 teaspoon minced chives
1 large egg
2 slices sourdough bread (cut on bias)
2 tablespoons garlic and herb cheese spread (I prefer Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Spread)
1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
1/4 cup microgreen salad mix for garnish
1 to 2 teaspoons balsamic salad dressing
To prepare the mushrooms
ChefSecret: You can use whole wheat or girthy seedy or nutty breads instead of French bread if you prefer.
Quip of the Day: If loving mushrooms is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
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