Eggs in Hash Brown Nests
These are the perfect little side dish for Easter Brunch: Tender-but-crispy potato nests with a luscious baked egg in the middle. They go perfectly with ham for a more substantial brunch, or they’re great for a casual breakfast with a piece of bacon. Or two. Or three. Or nineteen.
Let the eggs bake for 10-15 minutes, until they get to the level of doneness you’re looking for. I still like to have a little softness to the yolks, and mine baked for probably 12 minutes or so.
* Note: Be assured that no matter what, all of your eggs will probably bake a little differently and won’t all look exactly the same on top. Some whites will look perfect, some might look a little funky. Some whites will cover the yolk, some will gloriously reveal the yolk.
But that’s the beauty of these things! They’re rustic.
- 6 whole Medium Russet Potatoes (6 To 8)
- Salt And Pepper, to taste
- 24 whole Large Eggs
- Non-stick Cooking Spray
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Bake the potatoes until almost tender (potatoes should still have a little bite) 45 minutes to 1 hour. Allow to cool, and then peel and grate them. Season well with salt and pepper.
INCREASE OVEN TEMP TO 425 DEGREES.
- Spray two muffin pans generously with cooking spray. Scoop 3 to 4 tablespoons of grated potato into each muffin cup. Use your fingers to gently press the sides and bottom in each muffin hole to make a nest (don’t press the potatoes firmly against the pan; they should sit lightly in the pan.) Spray again (very lightly!) with cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch and make sure they do not burn. (If they seem like they’re not browning, kick up the temp to 450.) Remove when the nests are golden brown.
- Allow the nests to cool. Crack an egg into each one. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake until the whites are set, about 15 minutes. Don’t be concerned if some whites bake differently; no two nests will look alike!
- Remove from the muffin pan with a spoon or fork and serve.