Chef Chris Bork of the Mud House: Recipe for Poached Egg with Ham Fat, Chorizo Puree and French Horns

This is part three of Holly Fann's Chef's Choice profile of Chris Bork of the Mud House in south St. Louis. Part one can be found here. Part two is here.

Holly Fann
You can do this! You can poach an egg! Go ahead, give it a whirl!
​A perfectly poached egg is a thing of beauty -- elegant, delicate, able to stand up to the boldest of flavors but just as willing to take the lead when duty calls. Mud House (2101 Cherokee Street; 314-776-6599) chef Chris Bork's recipe for Poached Egg with Ham Fat, Chorizo Purée and French Horn Mushrooms lays on the complexity, but the steps are easy to follow and the reward is substantial.

Poached Farm Egg with Ham Fat, Chorizo Purée and French Horn Mushrooms

For the poached egg
2 eggs
2 tsp rendered ham or bacon fat, at room temperature
truffle oil

Holly Fann
Chris Bork shows off his plastic-wrap egg-poaching skillz. Awe. Some!
​Line two coffee mugs with plastic wrap so it overlaps the mug by an inch. Crack an egg into each mug, pour in the fat and add a few drops of truffle oil. Gently lift the egg/wrap out of the mugs. Create an airtight purse and tie a knot with the twine to seal. Refrigerate overnight. Poach the purses in simmering water for four minutes. Let cool for two minutes, unpack and season with salt and pepper.

Chorizo purée
1 pound soft chorizo
3 eggs
2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Lightly sauté chorizo., then purée with 1/2 cup of the oil. Allow purée to cool slightly, then add eggs, garlic and sherry. While blending, slowly add the rest of the oil to emulsify to a mayonnaise consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.

French horns
3 large French horn mushrooms
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 clove garlic, crushed
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

pea shoots

Quarter the mushrooms. Melt butter and oil together in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add thyme and garlic. Add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until mushroom are golden brown on all sides and then deglaze with lemon juice. Discard garlic and thyme.

To assemble
Arrange on two small plates with a base of purée topped by the egg. Scatter mushroom quarters and garnish with fresh pea shoots.

Location Info

The Mud House

2101 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

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