Bacon and Mushroom Saute with Poached Eggs
and arugula / stone fruit
This paleo-friendly tribute to Eggs Benedict features crumbled bacon, fresh arugula, and poached eggs served over a savory mushroom saute.
Smarts: The recipe includes instructions for cooking the bacon in the oven (on a sheet pan) or on the stovetop. The oven method is more hands-off, but the stovetop provides more consistently crispy bacon - choose whichever method works best for you.
- Mushrooms, any button - 12 oz, sliced (look for pre-sliced to save time)
- Eggs - 8
- Bacon - 8 slices
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 tsp + 2 tsp
- Arugula - 1 oz
- Oil, olive - 1 tsp
- Hot sauce (opt) - for serving
- Stone fruit - 1 lb, sliced (use any combination of peaches, plums, or apricots)
- Mint, fresh - 4 leaves, chopped
- Honey - 2 tsp
- Mushrooms (if not pre-sliced) - Slice. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
- Stone fruit / Mint - Prep as directed. Toss together to combine.
- Eggs - Crack each egg into a small ramekin or teacup. (Don’t skip this step as it will help you to transfer all the eggs to hot water quickly so they cook evenly.)
- Transfer stone fruit and mint to a serving plate and drizzle with honey.
- Line a plate with paper towels and set it near the stove.
- If cooking on the stovetop: Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Add bacon in a single layer and cook on both sides until crisp, ~8 minutes total.
- If cooking in the oven: Heat oven to 375F / 190C degrees. Line a sheet pan with some foil and set bacon on top in a single layer. Cook bacon in the oven until golden brown and crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Pour off bacon grease during cooking, if needed, to prevent bacon from being submerged in oil.
- While bacon is cooking, heat a wok or skillet with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and saute until mushrooms are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add first portion of vinegar and some salt and pepper. Set mushrooms aside.
- Fill a large saute pan with water. Add second portion of vinegar (note: a little vinegar in the water helps the eggs to hold their shape). Heat over high heat until water begins to simmer (a few small bubbles rising from the bottom).
- Gently tip each egg into the simmering water so that none are touching.
- Simmer eggs to your desired degree of doneness - for cooked whites and soft yolks this should take 4 to 5 minutes (if unsure, remove one of the eggs and test it).
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer eggs to paper towel.
- Toss arugula with olive oil and some black pepper.
- Divide mushrooms between serving plates or bowls. Crumble bacon over top. Add arugula and then eggs.
- Season eggs with some salt and pepper. Add some hot sauce if you’d like. Serve stone fruit on the side. Enjoy!
The mushrooms were tasty, though I used close to half of them for one serving so I’ll double that up next time. I ended up poaching the eggs for just 4 minutes and they were perfect. I’ve never poached eggs before and now I want to do it all the time! Can’t wait to have this again for breakfast tomorrow.0 Helpful
Really enjoyed this! We used fancy rye bread instead.0 Helpful
So good!0 Helpful
Wow! So tasty! My eggs weren’t runny though. Great for brunch!0 Helpful
This was delicious and felt very fancy. I don't think it is the best dinner, though. I had two halves of an english muffin and it was not enough food, should have made more. (Granted, we didn't make the salad). Poaching the eggs was a marginal success. Did the bacon in the oven which was easier/less hassle than on the stove, but resulted in less crispy bacon than I normally like. Would definitely make it again, but for a fancy brunch for guests.0 Helpful