"I got the basics of this recipe from a friend of mine and thought it was a great idea since these little nests can be made ahead, which I love. They are delicious, easy to make, and can be customized to your own tastes. I not only use the recipe as a delicious grab-and-go breakfast, but serve it to guests nestled into some lovely cheese grits, alongside fresh fruits and French toast made on a panini press. Oh, and don’t forget the mimosas!"
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups.
- Mix hash brown potatoes, salt, black pepper, olive oil, and 2/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese in a bowl. Divide mixture between prepared muffin cups and use your fingers to shape potato mixture into nests with hollows in the middle.
- Bake in the preheated oven until hash browns are browned on the edges and cheese has melted, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove hash brown nests.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Whisk eggs and water in a bowl until thoroughly combined; season with salt and black pepper. Pour equal amount of egg mixture into each nest; sprinkle with bacon crumbles and 1 teaspoon Cheddar cheese.
- Bake in the oven until eggs are set, 13 to 16 minutes. Let cool in pans and remove by sliding a knife between potato crust and muffin cup.
- Cook’s Notes:
- You can also experiment with ham, sausage, and veggies to make them your own. I also use chicken-Asiago sausage. Excellent quick breakfast for the weekdays. Very nutritious for toddlers who enjoy finger foods.
- I partially freeze 2 nests, slip them inside a small vacuum bag for saving foods, and seal them. When I get to work, I just pop them in the microwave.
Per Serving: 232 calories;18.4 g fat;13.3 g carbohydrates;12.9 g protein;204 mg cholesterol;816 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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