Potato Nests

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.

Potato Nests  

  • 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)

Filling Suggestions:

Scrambled Eggs

Cooked sausage with cheese on top

Sour cream and chives

Salsa

Cheese

Bacon or ham

Poached Egg

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.

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2 Responses to Potato Nests

  1. Ophelia Brown says:

    How long will these remain somewhat crispy? I’d like to make them for a movie themed potluck on Academy Awards night as “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nests” and fill with smoked salmon sour cream. I could take them out of the oven, leave for the party and fill and serve them within an hour. Think this will work?

    • Gravy Girl says:

      Ophelia,
      It should work just fine. I have bagged them up (after they cooled off) and refrigerated for a couple of days. Then, heated them up in the oven. They were great. Have fun at your party and thanks for stopping by!

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