It has been a while since I last made a really nice mushroom dish and consequently mushrooms have been on my mind a lot lately. The one idea that kept coming up was to do a version of eggs benedict where the English muffins are replaced with roasted portobello mushroom caps. Since I was going with a mushroom theme I figured that a tasty mushroom sauce would be a nice replacement for the hollandaise sauce and spinach seemed like a better fit than the ham. With this idea in place I took the opportunity over the weekend to satisfy my mushroom cravings by making these roasted portobello mushrooms with poached eggs in a creamy mushroom sauce for a lazy Sunday morning brunch.
Since the mushroom sauce was going to be the star of the show I started with some flavour packed, umami ladened, dried porcini mushrooms to which I added shallots, garlic, thyme, cream and parmesan. One trick to getting the most flavour from dried mushrooms is to make sure that you use the water that they are soaked in, in the dish like I do in this sauce. The final results from my mushroom eggs benedict idea were a great success and I am looking forward to making these roasted portobello mushrooms with poached eggs in a creamy mushroom again soon! I was also thinking that if you are a fan of blue cheese, like I am , then a nice alternative would be to replace the parmesan with a creamy mild blue cheese.
Roasted Portobello Mushroom with Poached Egg in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Grilled portobello mushrooms topped with steamed spinach, a poached egg and a creamy mushroom sauce.
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 4 small portobello mushrooms, stems removed
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 shallot, finely diced
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
- 10 ounces spinach, steamed and squeezed to drain
- 4 eggs
- Soak the dried porcini mushrooms in the hot water for 20 minutes.
- Brush the portobello mushrooms with the oil, season with salt and pepper, bake in a preheated 400F/200C oven until tender, about 10-30 minutes, with the gill side up and set them aside to cool. (Note: Roasting time can vary greatly depending on how thick your mushrooms are.)
- Drain the mushrooms and chop them reserving the water.
- Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat.
- Add the porcini mushrooms, shallots, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and saute for 2 minutes.
- Add the reserved water and simmer at medium-high until reduced by half, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the cream and parmigiano reggiano and simmer until it thickens, about 2-4 minutes.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and reduce the heat to medium.
- Crack an egg into a bowl, swirl the water in the pot and pour the egg from the bowl into the water and repeat for another egg.
- Let the eggs cook until the whites are set but the yolks are not, about 2-3 minutes and fish them out.
- Divide the mushrooms between two plates, top with the spinach, the poached eggs and then pour on the mushroom sauce.
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mireia badia says
I love every ingredient in this recipe!!!
Twin Tables says
Melissa and I are obsessed with poached eggs, well eggs in general lately. This makes our hearts happy!
Where does one find dried porcini mushrooms? I've never cooked with or heard of so I'm wondering if they're tough to find?
Girlie Blogger says
I like how the juice pours out of the mushroom. This looks beautiful.
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Non Aussie Mom In Australia says
you are good!
Adorably Dead says
That is awesome! I can't come up with recipes. I'm still learning how to cook and what goes with what. :p I'm slightly sucky. lol.
Also, hell yeah bleu cheese! 😀
I'm a new follower and loving your recipes! This one particularly interests me! I cannot wait to try it out on my husband – he loves portabello mushrooms.
[email protected] says
I have something to say… I just can't take my eyes off on your post. Learned a trick today on getting the most flavor on dried mushrooms =) Thanks…and the pictures looked so real and yummy =)
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
I love a good mushroom dish and this looks AH-MAZING!! That egg just puts it over the top!
Angie's Recipes says
Love this creamy mushroom sauce…and the whole presentation..just delectable!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Mouthwatering! A terrific combo.
Just found you. My kitchen is a closet too. Actually more like a cabinet. For my mis en place I take a folding step stool and put cookie sheets on each step. It's not very Martha but it works. Right now I'm up in the middle of the night cause I thought I would try overnight crock pot. Good idea, but it smells so good I can't sleep. If it tastes as good as it smells I'll send you the recipe (Mexican pot roast). Keep up the good work.
It's like one of those ridiculously delicious egg sandwiches you get at a diner but WAY.BETTER!
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
This sounds so scrumptious! Awesome idea!
[email protected] says
Wonderful combination Kevin – great idea. Thanks!!
Jillian: You should be able to find dried mushrooms in most larger grocery stores, though they do not seem to be in a consistent location. Sometimes I find them in with the specialty foods, others have them near the fresh mushrooms. Otherwise, an Italian grocery or an import store would have them.
Love the idea of replacing the English muffin with a portobello mushroom, and that mushroom sauce looks awesome!
This looks like a fabulous recipe. I'm loving that sauce! I have actually never poached an egg before in my life (I know!) Maybe this will be the recipe where I get brave enough 🙂
looks absolutely delicious! I love your blog!
I love poached eggs, this is my favorite way of making eggs, actually. Eggs on top of a big fat portobello 'shroom topped with a nice sauce, just seems to good. I wanna this now!
Y u think says
Wow, I have been looking around the internet – blogs, because I also realized that I pretty much have been eating the same founds for more years than I want to admit… But reading some of your post I may try some of this – looks very good.
Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker says
What a gorgeous plate of food! Definitely saving this for lunch, yum!
Kevin, Do you think this would be good with asparagus? I'm not real fond of cooked spinach.
pinned it! i don't comment enough, but i absolutely love your blog!
Cookin' Canuck says
My mouth is dropping open at the inventiveness of this recipe. For a dedicated mushroom love like me, this looks like a slice of heaven.
mmm we never tire of eating eggs in our house! I did an egg in portabello cap once before and I think it's time to bring it back 🙂
Kathleen Richardson says
Portobellos are one of my favorite foods. Every single thing in this recipe is something I like to eat. What a creative, yummy looking recipe.
JUST yemmy !!!!!!!!
Now there's a brunch recipe for you!!!
Anonymous: Asparagus and mushrooms are another great combo!
Jodie Santer says
This sounds amazing, perfect for a weekend brunch!
Yum! I love mushrooms with poached eggs. So, so good.
My mouth started watering as soon as I saw this picture! It looks amazing. I have had a hankering for a beautifully done portabello cap for the last few days (is that weird?) and this recipe is going to be the one to quench that craving!
When u say cream, do you mean heavy cream?
Zagris: Yes heavy or whipping cream.
Have you thought of baking the eggs in the mushroom caps? Would you grill the mushrooms first, add the egg and then bake…or would the mushroom dry out too much?
Kevin, I was wondering do you place the mushrooms on the rounded side for 30 mins then flip or the other way around? Thanks!
Oh that looks so tasty especially with the egg on top. Thanks for sharing, Jen
Jess @ Sugar High says
This recipe is fabulous! Love everything about it, Thank you!
Rumana Rawat says
You have a nice space..excellent work!!! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipe's. Definately going to follow you 🙂
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Kevin, made this lovely dish for dinner tonight. Just the presentation alone made us excited about digging in. So creamy and earthy – just wonderful. Thanks again for another winner!
Revati Victor says
wow!!! This is a brilliant recipe, and your photography really does do it justice. I hit my hand on the screen when I tried to reach out and pick one!!! 😛 Yummmmmmmmmmmm
N.: MNade these again already 🙂 and noted that the roasting time can vary significantly depending on the thickness of the mushrooms and that you can get away without flipping. Roast them with the gill side up and keep an eye on them until they are tender.
Anonymous: Baking the mushrooms with an egg in them is going to be tricky. On the one hand you want the mushrooms to be nice and tender but on the other hand you do not want the eggs to be over cooked and the mushroom will flatten out when when roasted enough… I would say that it is going to be a balancing act and that you should try roasting them partially, once they look like they will be fully tender shortly and then add the eggs.
Sarah Mitchell says
Why do you swirl the water? I usually just dump my eggs unceremoniously into the boiling bowls of the pot. Should I be swirling?
Sarah Mitchell: You know, it is just one of those things that I have always done when making poached eggs. I am going to have to experiment a bit now.
Beautiful recipe and pictures!
Really good! i got a little confused while i was cooking and ended up chopping up the big mushroom on accident….whoops. I also over reduced the sauce just a little, but in the end it tasted fine and my little 11 year old brother even liked it.
Harvesting Joy says
Made this for dinner tonight. We grilled the mushrooms since it is too hot to use the oven and I used milk instead of cream since I'm trying to lose baby weight. It was so delicious. You have such wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing your cooking.
Whitney Lee says
I have to admit – you sound like my culinary soul mate! Every dish you have on here is right up my alley and sound absolutely perfect. I would love to try these out with some 'lighter' ingredients. I can't wait to taste this particular dish!
Kari Lindsay says
Eggs Benedict whooo? Just kidding…kinda. I have a fondness for mushrooms, and I love that you added some dried mushrooms for that intense, earthy, mushroom flavor. Really great dish Kevin!
Comeka Earl says
Mmmmmmmm! Seems that every time I follow a link for a mushroom recipe from Pinterest, I end up here! I've tried several of your recipes so far and have always had FANTASTIC results . . . can't wait to try this one!
Edna Siu says
Hi, Kevin, I did not comment lately, just a rush glance, but tonight I find this, I am totally in awe. That is what I am craving for a easy pissy tasty breakfast for saturdays and sundays. Before I go for it, I have a question,what is porcini mushrooms? Is it an Asian kind of mushrooms? Where can I find them?
Edna Siu: Porcini mushrooms are an Italian mushroom and most grocery stores that I have seen them usually keep them with the other dried mushrooms somewhere near the fresh mushrooms. If you cannot find them you can omit them, they just add depth to the mushroom flavour. Enjoy!
I've done this recipe with both porcini 'shrooms and regular white button mushrooms in the sauce. Frankly, I prefer the version with the button mushrooms. It's a lot lighter and if you add some parmesan cheese to the sauce (plus add some sauteed shallots and garlic to your spinach), it's REALLY good. Using the porcinis just made the whole thing seem too heavy for me. I love this recipe, though, I really do. Another thing: the portobello caps that my local store carries are HUGE. To make a meal of those caps, it really makes sense to use two poached eggs per portobello cap instead of one. It just makes the ratios on the flavors match up better, so if your grocery also carries gigantic portobellos, you may want to consider using more eggs.
Joye: I'm glad you like it! Regular button mushrooms would also be nice and they would lighten the mushroom flavour. (There is parmesan in the sauce…) Wow, those are huge portobellos! I sometimes have difficulties finding them big enough to fit one egg in. I would definitely go for two eggs per for that size!
une aiguille dans l potage says
I love this recipe ! I just have spinach in my garden ….but no mushroom !
I've made this and it is delicious! Will make it again.
This is a great low carb meal! We tried your Mushroom soup with Brie and we both loved that recipe!!
This looks AMAZING!!!! Cant wait to try it
What gives the sauce the brown color? It really doesn’t matter because I am going to try this recipe as soon as I can. It looks fabulous. By the way, I create dishes because I like/love all the ingredients. And, for me, the finished dish is always very tasty. Keep these great recipes coming!!!!
The brown colour in the sauce comes from the sauteed mushroom and the water the dried mushrooms were soaked in.
I wash most mushrooms before I cook them in any dish or sauteing . Do you have to wash the Portobello mushrooms? Absolutely love all mushrooms but have never tried using Portobello mushrooms. Thanks.
I normally brush off any loose dirt that may be on them but you can wash them.
Virginia Watson says
As usual, most of the “reviews” are from those who have not made the recipe. So “real and yummy”,
“AH-MAZING”, “I wanna this now just yemmy” [sic] and “hankering for portabellas” are useless comments. Useless. MAKE THE RECIPE AND THEN COMMENT. For Pete’s sake….