Posted by: Kara Lydon, RD | June 12, 2014

Truffle Mushroom Eggs Benedict {Recipe Redux}

{Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by The Mushroom Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.}

Truffle Mushroom Eggs Benedict | Peace, Love, and Food

As I mentioned in my last post, my girlfriends and I reunited in San Francisco for Memorial Day weekend. And while we made time for reminiscing about our trip to Thailand together, we made eating and drinking our way through San Fran our main priority. As my yoga teacher said this morning, “like attracts like”, so it’s no wonder that my two friends are as big of foodies as I and that most of our conversations around the table revolved around our favorite foods. We even had a discussion around what our very last meal would be. Yep, we went there. And I went Italian. Gram, you can feel proud.

While eating our way around San Fran, we stopped for brunch at a place called Mission Beach Cafe (in the Mission neighborhood). My friend, Karen, who lives in SF now, was raving about this veg-friendly truffle Eggs Benedict she had at Mission a few weeks back. After the three of us talked about how much we love truffle and all of the foods we love to put truffle on, we decided that we too should experience all that is the truffle Eggs Benedict.

I’m a HUGE Eggs Benedict snob. It is by far my favorite brunch food and if we ever go out to brunch together, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be sopping up every last drop of hollandaise on my plate. When Karen said this was one of her favorite Eggs Benedict, I had to be the judge for myself. And boy, did it deliver! I’ve had a LOT of Eggs Benedict in my day and I really think this was the best I’ve ever had. A close contender would be the veggie Eggs Benedict at South End Buttery because they use the flakiest biscuits as a bed for the poached eggs. That and their hollandaise is the bomb dot com.

Usually, whenever I order Eggs Benedict, the veg version has spinach or tomato or if you get a really crazy place, maybe even avocado. But, I’ve never ordered a mushroom Benedict before my trip to SF. I loved the meaty texture of the mushrooms against the rest of the Benedict. You don’t miss the meat at all. When I read that the Mushroom Council was hosting a contest to showcase our love of mushrooms by sharing a recipe that blends mushrooms with a portion of meat or swaps out all of the meat protein, I knew what I had to use as my inspiration.

Truffle Mushroom Eggs Benedict | Peace, Love, and Food

Truffle Mushroom Eggs Benedict

Makes 4 servings*

Ingredients

for the biscuits (*makes 8-10 biscuits)

2 cups whole-wheat flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

4 tbsp cold, unsalted butter

1/2 tsp salt

6oz 2% Plain Greek Yogurt

Approx. 3 tbsp coconut milk (see note in directions)

for the eggs benedict

2 tbsp olive oil

2 shallot, minced

2 portobello mushroom caps, rinsed and diced

3 cups spinach

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp thyme

8 large eggs

for the hollandaise 

6oz 2% Plain Greek Yogurt

3 egg yolks

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

1 1/2 tsp truffle oil

1/4 tsp white pepper

1/4 tsp salt

Directions

For the biscuits

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a food processor, pulse the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and butter until crumb-like pieces are formed. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and fold in the yogurt. Add coconut milk, one tbsp at a time, until you can form the dough into a round shape, but before the dough gets too sticky.

Roll the dough out onto a floured surface until 1-in thick. Cut dough into rounds using a 3-in. cookie or biscuit cutter. Place biscuits onto baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.

For the Eggs Benedict and Hollandaise:

In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add shallot and cook for a few minutes, until fragrant. Add mushrooms and spinach and sauté for approximately 5 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender and spinach is wilted.

In the meantime, make the hollandaise by adding yogurt, egg yolks and lemon juice to a heat-resistant bowl. Set up a double broiler by filling a pot with 2 inches of water. Place the heat-resistant bowl on top of the pot so that it’s not touching the water. Bring water to a boil, and then reduce to simmer. Whisk the hollandaise  continuously for roughly 10 minutes, until sauce thins and then thickens again. Once thickened, remove from heat and whisk in mustard and truffle oil. Add salt and white pepper.

In a medium or large pot of boiling water, poach eggs the traditional way or my preferred way, using my favorite tool – PoachPods! Poach eggs for a few minutes, until the white is no longer translucent and the yolk is still runny.

Assemble Eggs Benedict by layering the biscuit (sliced in half), mushroom mixture, eggs, and hollandaise.

Truffle Mushroom Eggs Benedict | Peace, Love, and Food

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Truffle Mushroom Eggs Benedict | Peace, Love, and Food

Aside from their meaty-texture, I love mushrooms because they’re a good source of B vitamins and provide important nutrients like potassium, selenium and vitamin D! And for you meat lovers out there, they make a great low-calorie, low-fat substitute for meat. You can even use the “blendability” technique and swap out 1/2 the meat for 1/2 mushrooms. 

Blenda-what?? Check out The Mushroom Council’s Facebook page for the deets on their Swap it or Top it Contest and to learn more about the blendability technique. 

And be sure to see what other mushroom swaps and blends are happening this month by clicking on the link below! 

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Responses

  1. Hi Kara! The hubby loves eggs benedict. I bet he would love it if I made this for him. I love that you use all real ingredients :) I’m pinning this and saving it for later!

  2. Holy cow those eggs are literally picture perfect. Eggs benedict is a breakfast favorite of mine and I just love the addition of mushroom. Thanks for sharing this one!

  3. I’m afraid I’ve only eaten bad hollandaise sauce in my life….until a few months ago, when I tried some at brunch off my hubs plate. And promptly ate all his! So I’m totally going to try yours – as I’m a new great big fan! Love to hear about your SF travels!

  4. Kara I love Eggs Benedict so cool that you even made the bread!

  5. I’m a eggs benedict snob too! It’s hands down my fav breakfast. This looks all kinds of perfect! Bravo!!

  6. Mouth. Watering. This looks absolutely amazing and is definitely on my next brunch menu!

  7. I’m droolinv over this. Makes my yogurt breakfast seem pretty pathetic. I’ve actually only had eggs benedict once, because no where around me seems to have a veggie version. I love hollandaise sauce though, and eggs, and biscuits, so it’s a no brainer for me that I’d love one. Plus mushrooms are my jam and truffle oil is triple my jam. In. Love. With This. I’m seeing this recipe making an appearance on my breakfast menu!


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