Egg and Cheese Hash Brown Nests

in Breakfast

Confession: sometimes I’m a brat. This is totally true. Sometimes I’m sleepy, my eyelids are heavy and I just want my way, like, right now.

Currently, if I could get my way in all things life, this is how it’d go:

1. More hours in the day for me to work and say hi to friends.

2. I’d be able to drink copious amount of gin without having an awful hangover face. I can’t swing it–not a youngin’ anymore, guys. Depressing.

3. I’d drink coffee at 9pm and still be in bed by midnight. I’m totally not sensitive to caffeine at 8am, but it ruins me after 6pm. Truly unfair.

4. At Chipotle I’d be able to assemble my very own burrito. They’re very nice people at Chipotle but I just wanna do it myself.

When I’m sensing my brattiness is taking over my usual good and positive nature, I gotta put myself in check. ‘Cause seriously look at what I made! Look at what I have had in my life! Crispy hash browns! With cheese! All topped with a runny egg. Such a good look!

Like any good thing, it starts with a good amount of carbs.

The trick I found to crispy hash browns/latkes, etc. is you must sprinkle the potatoes with a bit of salt, let them stand and then squeeze out the moisture. You’ll be surprised at how much comes out–it’s kinda crazy.

Next you’re going to add some good stuff to the potatoes like a shallot, garlic, some pepper, paprika. All for good measure.

Add a few tablespoons of the potato mixture to the muffin cups, and lining the bottoms and sides using your fingers.

You want to make sure they’re compact as possible. This will help with ensuring the little potato nests keep their shape.

Oven time!

After about 12 minutes, they’ll look like this situation below. Sort of crispy on the outsides, but definitely a pale potato on the insides. This is cool. They’re still more baking in their future. Add the cheese (not a lot) and then crack an egg in each of the muffin cups.

Now, if I could do this again, I’d totally use medium eggs (I used large eggs). Everything was perfectly fine but I was a little scared some of them were going to overflow.

More oven time!

Just enough until the eggs are cooked.

You’ll be met with the cutest, egg and hash brown situation ever. Perfect for those days when you need to be yanked out of your bratty, attitude mood.

Egg and Cheese Hash Brown Nests

Print this recipe!

2 russet potatoes, peeled
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
8 medium eggs

1. Generously grease a muffin tin and set aside. Using a box grater, shred the potatoes and transfer them to a bowl; sprinkle with the kosher salt and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Gather the potatoes in the center of a cheese cloth (or a bed of paper towels) and wring the potatoes dry, removing the excess water. There will be quite a bit!

2. Transfer the dried, shredded potato back to the bowl and add the shallot, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and paprika. Mix until combined.

3. Preheat the oven to 400F. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture into each muffin cup, being sure to line the bottom and the sides. Since the potatoes will shrink when baked, make sure you go all the way to the top of the muffin tin when lining the sides. Bake for 10-15 minutes, and until the outer sides appear lightly golden brown.

4. Decrease oven to 350F. Remove from oven. In the center of each hash brown nest, add a teaspoon of grated cheese, and then top with one egg. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, and until whites are set, but yolks still appear soft.

5. Allow to cool for 2 minutes in pan. Using a butter knife, run it around the edges of each hash brown nest and gently remove it. Top with remaining freshly ground pepper and serve immediately.

Yields 8 Hash Brown Nests

{ 81 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin March 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

I so love that you made these, because I have a huge bag of has browns in my freezer that I was trying to figure out what to do with.

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Lucie (Thursday Night Dinner) March 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

so cute! i love these and cant wait to try them out

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Elizabeth {Southern Elle} March 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

YUM! I am so in the mood for a lovely breakfast like this.. right now.
So delicious, and so perfect.

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Let Me Eat Cake March 8, 2012 at 12:26 am

i love these nests! what an amazing idea i’m totally making these for breakfast tomorrow!

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Javelin Warrior March 9, 2012 at 6:22 am

These are so adorable and I love that you didn’t take any shortcuts and grated the potato by hand =) Very creative and I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), so please let me know if you have any objections. It’s always a pleasure following your food…

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Phillip Rex Huddleston March 10, 2012 at 7:28 am

For more of a cupcake effect, I like to sprinkle bits of bacon on top of mine!

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Roseann March 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing. I know this will be a huge hit with the husband. :)

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Alex Malter April 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I made these for dinner tonight. I scrambled the eggs and incorporated spinach before adding them to the nests, and it was absolutely lovely! Oh my my! Added mini blueberry pancakes and topped with vanilla maple syrup. Breakfast for dinner. DONE.

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Mia April 6, 2012 at 3:10 am

I am making these nowww! :D :D :D

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KHazel November 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

I made these and they were delicious. Instead of baking the potato first I decided to go the less healthy route and fried the potato in the bacon fat and then added everything and baked them. Extra crispy-goodness :)

Thanks for the idea! Love your blog!

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Adrianna November 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Whoa! You took it up a notch. LOVE.

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Diana S November 16, 2012 at 7:44 am

Thanks for sharing a recipe that uses FRESH potatoes and not frozen bagged with who knows what added! Can’t wait to try them!

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LalaV December 29, 2012 at 6:25 am

making this recipe right now, thank you for sharing, I’ve been liking for a good and easy nested egg recipe for a while now….

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Yeji March 31, 2013 at 11:17 am

My boyfriend and I just made these for Easter brunch and may have gobbled up the entire muffin pan worth of goodies between the two of us . . . oops! So good — thank you for sharing! (PS — we ended up sprinkling some hot sauce and a dollop of sour cream on some of them — AH too good)

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Adrianna March 31, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Nice! Love it. So glad you and your dude loved them.

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Patricia Miozza April 9, 2013 at 4:14 am

This recipe sounds amazing. I definitely want to try it but need you to clarify the “divided pepper” part. You do not indicate how much to put into potato mixture. Do you think 1/2 tsp or 3/4?

Thanks so much!!

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Adrianna April 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

Sorry about that. It’s fixed now!

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Sonali C. November 19, 2013 at 4:14 am

CAN YOU USE FROZEN HASHBROWN POTATOES AS WELL?

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Adrianna Adarme November 19, 2013 at 8:27 am

I haven’t tried this recipe with frozen hash browns. I believe someone in the comments tried it and it worked.

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Cindy April 2, 2014 at 3:48 pm

I made these twice now with sweet potatoes…yummmmmmmie

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annika July 27, 2014 at 5:55 am

These were awesome. I think I left mine in the oven for too long, but the result was still really good. Definitely am going to try to make them again.

Thank you for the recipe :)

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