Roasted Hen of the Woods, Whipped Cauliflower, and Poached Egg

cuisine Asian
difficulty Simple
season Year Round
serves 4

Ingredients for the mushrooms

1 pound Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, cleaned and pulled apart into smaller bite-sized clusters 5 sprigs of thyme 2 large garlic cloves, minced Olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon thyme leaves

for the whipped cauliflower

1 small cauliflower head, florets only 1 cup cold water 1 1/2 cup whole milk Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

for the poached egg

4 large eggs 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

Directions for the mushroom

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place the mushrooms in a LARGE GRATIN, toss with the minced garlic, the sprigs of thyme, and a generous glug of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place on the middle rack of the oven. Roast for 10 minutes, turn the mushrooms over and roast for 10 to 20 minutes more (until the mushrooms are golden brown and crisp on the edges).

for the whipped cauliflower

  1. Put the cauliflower florets, water, and milk in a MEDIUM POT. Add salt pepper. Bring to a boil and cook until the cauliflower is tender.
  2. Reserve one cup of the cooking liquid and strain the cauliflower florets. Put the florets and 1/2 of reserved liquid into a VITAMIX or blender and puree until smooth. Add additional liquid to achieve the desired consistency. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed

for the poached egg

  1. Fill a 4 QUART POT with cold water, add vinegar and bring to a gentle simmer.
  2. Crack each egg into separate SMALL BOWLS. Begin to create a vortex in the water by vigorously swirling the water around the edge of the pot.
  3. One at a time, slip the eggs into the center of the vortex. As the egg drops into the water, the egg will set into a teardrop shape. Gently, reinvigorate the vortex and repeat with another egg.
  4. After 2 minutes, gently lift out an egg with a slotted spoon and check that the yolk is soft to the touch. If the yolk is too soft, return it to the simmering water.
  5. Once the egg has finished cooking, drain the egg on a paper towel. Use small kitchen scissors to trim off the stringy parts of the egg white.

for serving

  1. Divide the whipped cauliflower into four portions. Top with a mound of the roasted hen of the woods.
  2. Place a poached egg on top of the mushrooms and sprinkle with the thyme leaves, salt and pepper, and serve immediately.