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Bistro Sandwich with Chanterelle Mushrooms and Truffle Oil

David Allen Scott’s recipe of the day is inspired by a newspaper clipping sent to him by his friend Sue in Manchester, Massachusetts – on the North Shore of Boston.  Inspiration being bistro sandwiches served in little bread boxes with eggs, cheese and roasted asparagus.  Kind of a glorified “birdie-in-the-nest”or “hole-in-one.”  David’s taste buds and creative mind took this idea and created a Franco-Italian version that you see here.  (Franco for the bread and chanterelle mushrooms, Italian for the cheese and truffle oil.) For the full Cocoa and Lavender post follow this delicious link.  The recipe is below.

Bistro Sandwich Chanterelle Mushrooms toasted bread box Chanterelle Mushrooms @CocoaandLavender

Toasted Bread Boxes with Chanterelle Mushrooms and White Truffle Oil

David was inspired to make this recipe by a bistro meal in France.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Lunch Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 2 people


  • 2 slices Pan de mie, 1 1/4 inches thick each crusts removed
  • 2 egg yolks 2 large or extra large egg yolks whites reserved for another use
  • 4 slices Fontina cheese, 2 inches by 4 inches & 1/8 inch thick
  • 8 oz fresh chanterelle or other wild mushrooms sliced if large
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh marjoram
  • 2 tsp white truffle oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  • After trimming bread of its crusts, use a knife to cut a 1 1/4-inch hole in the bread that goes halfway through.
  • Scoop out the "hole" and eat as a snack while continuing. This should leave a nice "cup" in which to nestle the egg yolk.
  • Toast the bread boxes directly on the oven rack for 5 minutes, or until nicely toasted.
    Recipe toasted boxes @CocoaandLavender
  • While bread is toasting, prepare mushrooms.
  • Place the butter in a skillet and melt; add mushrooms and sauté over medium heat until done- about 6 minutes.
    sauteed mushrooms @CocoaandLavender
  • Add marjoram, season with salt and pepper, and sauté 1 minute longer to meld the flavors.
  • When bread boxes are toasted (note: the sugar content of pain de mie is high and it browns quickly), remove them and allow to cool a minute or so.
  • Carefully place an egg yolk in each cup, trying your best not to break it.
    Toasted boxes with egg @CocoaandLavender
  • Cover each bread box and egg yolk with two slices of cheese, overlapping slightly.
  • Place on a a greased cookie sheet and bake 5 minutes, or until cheese is beginning to brown an dis bubbly.
  • To serve, place one box on each of two plates and top with mushrooms. Drizzle with truffle oil and serve immediately.
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!


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    October 8, 2016 at 10:52 am — Reply

    This is one of my favorite comfort food dishes. Perfect for a snowy night when the Mistral is blowing.

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      October 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm — Reply

      I have been craving mushrooms for weeks, but there has been so little rain in Provence this year they have been slow to appear in the markets. Good news! I found some yesterday and we have now had back-to-back fungi inspired meals :-)

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