Mushrooms on Toast

April 13, 2011
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Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

I am completely obsessed with mushrooms on toast. I love everything about it, the meaty flavor of the mushrooms, the sturdy toast, the way the juices sop into the toast and make it soggy. I don't have an exact recipe, I generally just make a sort of mushroom ragout and put it on top of toast - sometimes with a poached egg, sometimes without - but here's my approximation of what I did the last time I made it. It works with most any kind of mushrooms. It's obviously amazing with morels or other wild mushrooms but also perfectly tasty with humble button mushrooms. - fiveandspice —fiveandspice

Test Kitchen Notes

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Fiveandspice's recipe highlights everything that is wonderful about mushrooms on toast -- saucy, rich mushrooms on crisp, buttery toast. I love the recipe details, like sprinkling fresh herbs on the buttered toast. The timing of the recipe is spot on; the technique for poaching eggs is foolproof. - biffbourgeois —Stephanie Bourgeois

  • Serves 2, generously
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound mixed mushrooms, wiped clean with a damp cloth and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 pinch chopped fresh thyme (dried thyme substitutes just fine)
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup good chicken or vegetable stock (or if you're really good, which I'm generally not, you'll make some mushroom stock)
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • 2 large eggs, cracked into two cups, yolks intact
  • 1 splash white vinegar
  • 2 thick slices of brioche
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chervil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
In This Recipe
  1. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, melt the 2 Tbs. butter until foaming. Then, stir in the mushrooms and a generous pinch of salt. Cook until the mushrooms have given off their liquid and it has mostly cooked off (about 6 minutes).
  2. Stir in the thyme and the shallot (add a tiny pat of butter if the pan has gotten too dry) and cook until the shallot begins to soften, another minute or two, then stir in the sherry. Let the sherry cook off, then add the broth. Bring to a boil, then turn down slightly to a simmer, and cook until the broth has been reduced to about 1/4 cup. Then, remove from the heat and set to the side.
  3. Bring a pan with a couple of inches of water to a boil and add the splash of vinegar. Take off the heat and once the bubbles die down, immediately slide in the two eggs from their cups (gently and on opposite sides of the pan - you may need to use a spatula to keep them apart), and allow to sit for 4-6 minutes, at this point the whites should be set but the yolk still runny. Then remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon and set on a paper towel to dry slightly.
  4. While the eggs are sitting in the poaching water toast your brioche slices until golden brown. Put each slice on a plate. Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle each piece with chives and chervil.
  5. As soon as the eggs are about ready, bring your pan with the mushrooms back up to a simmer, then swirl in the creme fraiche. Spoon the 'shrooms and sauce over the toasts and top each with a poached egg. Sprinkle with some sea salt and freshly ground pepper and enjoy. (And, if you happen to accompany your toast with some crisp tender asparagus, I can pretty much promise that you will not be sad about it.)

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I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (, where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.