One of the challenges I have for my cooking class is finding easy, quick, nutritious, and fun recipes. I have a variety of people in my classes: old, young, with kids, health issues, life issues, non-cookers, and experienced cooks. Sounds like slice of life, and it is. To be honest, we all should be eating healthier. Here at the Gravy Company, we try…..most of the time. But, like I tell my students, if you eat very healthy and with good conscience, you can have an unhealthy treat or meal once in a while. I’m not a purist about food, I am a realist.
I did a couple of classes on eggs. One of the egg recipes contained potatoes. Potatoes are my most favorite food. This dish has possibilities. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, linner, or dinner. Appetizers anyone? I love these little potatoes which are a favorite at the Gravy Company. Kind of like latke meets quiche meets tater tot. Kids love them and adults love them. You can’t go wrong.
There were recipes all over the internet for making potato nests. I took the best from all of them and adapted it to this simple and quick recipe. I made a list of some options after the recipe.
- 2 cups shredded hash browns, thawed
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 or 3 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 425°. Spray the muffin tin.
Mix all of the ingredients in a medium bowl.
Press the mixture into each of the muffin spaces, dividing the mixture evenly. Then, take a tablespoon measuring spoon and press into the center creating a little indentation.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the potato mixture is golden.
Let cool for a couple of minutes before removing from the tin. Serve plain or fill with your favorite filling.
Makes 12 nests (2 per serving)
Cooked sausage with cheese on top
Sour cream and chives
Bacon or ham
Add a little finely chopped scallion to the potato mixture before baking
Use different cheeses in the potato mixture
Let me know if you came up with other ideas for the nests. I’d love to hear from you.