These egg nests will make your grumpy mornings not so grumpy. I’m not a morning person so I can relate. But if you’re the type to be bright eyed and bushy tailed in the mornings, this will make things even better. I’ve also found these nests are super popular around Easter and Mother’s Day. Pair it with creamy chilled avocado slices for that hot and cold combo. While you’re busy chasing around that runny egg with crispy hash browns, bacon and melty cheese, you can nip out a corner of chilled avocado to add to your fork. Yummy!
They’re a slight variation of Idaho sunrise, which was baked eggs, bacon and cheese in potato bowls. Yes you read right. Hollowed out baked potatoes to make these lovely au natural bowls to cozy up with the fillings. While those took a little more work, these egg nests are slightly easier and faster to make.
So let’s get started.
First you need a cupcake pan. Spray them down with nonstick spray so it doesn’t stick. You don’t wanna mangle these beauties before they even have a chance to leave the pan! You’ll want to fill each one up and then using your fingers, press down in the middle to push and mold the hash browns to cover the sides. The more it sticks out the better! This is what makes it look like a nest.
Then you pre-bake it so it sets. Once that’s done crack in eggs into each nest and top with bacon bits, cheese and parsley. Then bake again until the egg whites settle. You can opt to bake a little longer if you don’t like your eggs runny.
Ta-da! You have breakfast. Or brunch, or a snack. Whatever time you decide to eat this, you will be munching happy. Serve with fresh chilled avocado slices or skip them if you’re cursed like me with two settings: unripe avocados and too-bad-you-missed-the-one-day-I-was-ripe avocados.
PS: If you’re wanting an easier and healthier breakfast bite, try out these breakfast muffins with no hash browns for those watching their calories and scrambled eggs for those that don’t their eggs runny! And if you fell in love with the hash brown crust in these egg nests, try out this hash brown breakfast quiche where I used hash browns to replace the traditional pie crust!Print
- 15 oz. frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
- 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 medium eggs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 tablespoon parsley, chopped
- 2 avocados, sliced and chilled
- Mix hash browns, salt, pepper, olive oil and 1 cup Cheddar cheese in a mixing bowl
- Grease the muffin pan and divide hash brown mixture. Use your fingers to pack them tightly and shape them into nests
- Bake at 425 degrees F or until the edges have browned and the cheese has melted, about 15 minutes
- Crack a medium egg into each nest and season with salt and pepper to taste
- Top with crumbled bacon, 1 tablespoon cheddar cheese and parsley
- Bake at 350 degrees F until the egg whites set, about 13 to 16 minutes
- Let it cool, gently slide a knife along the edges and use a fork to lift it out of the pan
- Dish and serve with chilled avocado slices
If you don’t have frozen shredded hash browns, bake 4-6 russet potatoes. Let them cool off, then peel and grate them to form shreds.
Nutrition for one nest and a couple avocado slices: