Brunch appeals to my indecisive side: I love not having to choose between breakfast or lunch. Philadelphia is a huge brunch town so almost every weekend I have the opportunity to have an awesome brunch at a local coffee shop or restaurant. This weekend, I decided to stay home for brunch and try out this delicious sounding recipe from Cooking Light. The recipe includes mushrooms, a fried egg, tomatoes, and pesto … did they make this recipe especially for me?!
Ingredients (this makes 4 servings):
- 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided (I used basil olive oil)
- 1 cup thinly sliced shallots, divided
- 3 portobello mushrooms, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons dry white wine
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 8 teaspoons refrigerated pesto (or fresh, check out my recipe here)
- 4 (1 1/2-ounce) slices Italian bread
- 2 ounces grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 1/2 cup)
- 4 large eggs
- 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices beefsteak tomato
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
The wonderful people at Nudo sent me a new product on their site: the Squadra Italiana Set which includes cold press olive oil, olive oil with Sicilian chillies, and a free tin of extra virgin olive oil stone ground with fresh basil. These olive oils are absolutely wonderful on their own, to just dip breads in. But I wanted to add that extra punch of basil to this dish so I used the basil olive oil to add a little bit more flavor. Expect these tasty olive oils to show up in quite a few posts in the coming weeks. (You can get your own Squadra Italiana Set here)
If you’re making your own pesto, do that first. It takes maybe 5 minutes and tastes considerably better (at least I think so).
Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Add 2/3 cup shallots and cook for 3 minutes.
Add the chopped mushrooms and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the wine, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, scraping the pan to loosen up the brown bits. Cook for 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring occasionally. Remove the mushroom mixture from the pan and keep warm. Preheat your broiler.
Return the pan to medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to the pan, swirling to coat. Add the remaining 1/3 cup shallots and saute for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan and keep warm.
Spread 2 teaspoons pesto over one side of each bread slice. Top each slice with 2 tablespoons cheese.
Broil for 2 minutes and set aside.
Return the pan to medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Crack the eggs into the pan and cook until whites set, about 4 minutes.
|Boy did I botch this egg. Oh well, it will still taste good!|
Top each bread slice with 2 tomato slices.
Divide the mushroom mixture evenly among the bread slices. Top each serving with 1 egg. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon pepper, shallots and basil.
This is quite the meal!
I loved the meatiness of the mushrooms which went so well with the egg. Tomatoes are in season right now so they were absolutely perfect in this dish. And my pesto was pretty darn good if I do say so myself 🙂 This meal, although it’s called a “sandwich” definitely required a fork and knife, and even then got a bit messy. But that’s part of the fun!