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Melissa Hemsley Cooks… Mushrooms – Part 1

Starting this week on SLOAN! Online, best-selling cookbook author, Fairtrade and sustainability champion, Melissa Hemsley, shares a tasty selection of mushroom recipes perfect for Spring. Perfect for both flexitarians and vegetarians, Melissa’s range of dishes appeases all tastes. Kicking things off is this fabulous breakfast recipe that feeds two in 30 minutes…

Portobello mushrooms baked with a fried egg inside on a tray with roasted sweet cherry tomatoes on the vine with asparagus

Ingredients

  • 2 large M&S Select Farms British Portobello Mushrooms
  • 2 small eggs
  • 14 cherry tomatoes on the vine, split in half
  • 8 asparagus spears, ends snapped off (save ends to make soup or stock)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or ghee or butter
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach or baby spinach and wild garlic
  • 1 tbsp chives, to finish
  • 1 tsp harissa paste (optional)

Method

Preheat the oven to 220ºC.

Gently pull the mushroom stalks off the portobello mushrooms (keep them) and rub some olive oil and salt and pepper on the inside and outside of the mushrooms and their stalks as well as the cherry tomatoes.  Place everything in a medium baking tray with mushrooms open side up and roast for 18 minutes.

Remove the tray from the oven and slice the asparagus lengthways so you end up with 16 spears and place in any gaps along with the spinach in any spare spaces in the tray, season with a little salt and pepper and a tiny drizzle of oil. If using, spread the harissa paste into the base of each mushroom.

Finally, with a little bowl nearby, crack one of your eggs and then gently tip the yolk into one of the mushrooms and gently drip in as much egg white as you can without overflowing the mushroom and any extra egg white, drop in the bowl, repeat with the other egg.  Save any leftover egg whites for another recipe.

Then carefully place the tray back in the oven (so you don’t tip any egg out the mushroom or break the yolk!) and bake for about 3- 4 minutes, keep an eye on it after 2 minutes, or so until the whites of the eggs have set, the yolks are still a little soft.  Scatter over the chives to finish and serve up straight away.

The UK and Ireland Mushrooms Producers have partnered with best-selling cookbook author, Melissa Hemsley, to inspire the nation to cook new and flavourful food that highlights the versatility of mushrooms in recipes. For inspiration on how to use tasty mushrooms in an array of meals, head to @madewithmushrooms on Instagram to see the latest creations. 

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