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!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

232 calories; 18.4 g total fat; 204 mg cholesterol; 816 mg sodium. 13.3 g carbohydrates; 12.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/09/2013
These would make a great grab and go breakfast - or perfect for a brunch or shower. I would suggest baking these in disposable cupcake liners, they will slide right out and the clean up is a breeze. I halved the recipe and instead of frozen hash browns I grated 3 medium russet potatoes with the food processor and placed the grated potato into a salad spinner. Rinsed the potatoes well in cool water and spun them dry. Next time I will build the sides of the nests a little higher. Overall, this is a solid recipe to which you can add anything you would like to customize these to your families taste. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/01/2013
Great concept, but, salty salty salty!. I even cut it back to 1 1/2 teaspoons. Next time, minimal amount of salt. Read More
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157 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 71
  • 4 star values: 56
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 4 stars
03/09/2013
These would make a great grab and go breakfast - or perfect for a brunch or shower. I would suggest baking these in disposable cupcake liners, they will slide right out and the clean up is a breeze. I halved the recipe and instead of frozen hash browns I grated 3 medium russet potatoes with the food processor and placed the grated potato into a salad spinner. Rinsed the potatoes well in cool water and spun them dry. Next time I will build the sides of the nests a little higher. Overall, this is a solid recipe to which you can add anything you would like to customize these to your families taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/09/2013
These would make a great grab and go breakfast - or perfect for a brunch or shower. I would suggest baking these in disposable cupcake liners, they will slide right out and the clean up is a breeze. I halved the recipe and instead of frozen hash browns I grated 3 medium russet potatoes with the food processor and placed the grated potato into a salad spinner. Rinsed the potatoes well in cool water and spun them dry. Next time I will build the sides of the nests a little higher. Overall, this is a solid recipe to which you can add anything you would like to customize these to your families taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2014
I made the hash brown cups for my individual quiches for Christmas Breakfast. Others had said they were very hard to remove from pan and paper cups.I used parchment paper muffin cups and they were perfect.I baked in my convection oven and when I took them out of the oven,the papers just feel away from the potato.I had to use a few regular paper cupcake papers and everything stuck and the one foil I tried seemed to boil.Great recipe,parchment paper cups work the best. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/01/2013
Great concept, but, salty salty salty!. I even cut it back to 1 1/2 teaspoons. Next time, minimal amount of salt. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2014
These were very tasty, and cute...execution did not work out so well for me though :( I only have one muffin pan, so I figured I'd do half a recipe worth of nests, pull them out and put aside, then bake the rest...but I couldn't get them out. So, I left the first half in the tin until the next morning and went ahead with the rest of the recipe. Slightly easier to get out with the egg making the cups a more solid mass to get a spoon under...the potatoes did not crisp up like I'd hoped, except the top edge. I did cut the salt in half per other reviews, and I used Canadian bacon (my favorite breakfast meat!). Worrying about the cups sticking, I used 3 T oil in the potato mixture, and used a pastry brush and veggie oil to thoroughly grease my muffin cups. Having some trouble getting my muffin pan clean now, so I am tempted to take the rest of the potato mixture and slap it in a pie plate...thanks for the idea but this just didn't work for me! Update: used the rest of the ingredients to make an 'eagle's nest' in my Pyrex pie plate and it worked much better :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2014
Recipe Group Selection: 26, July 2014 ~ The flavor of these are very good and I like that you can totally customize them to your families likings. I used my square cupcake pans and got exactly 24. So for me, the serving size was spot on. I used ham on some and bacon on some. I added diced onion and peppers to the mix. The taste was great, and they reheated great in the microwave. The downside was - how they stick to the pan. The pans I used are coated so that you do not have to spray them and my foods have always come out. Reading other reviews how they stuck to the pans - I very heavily sprayed with cooking spray. Oh, what a mess! They did not release from the pan, and the pans were a bear to clean. If I make them again, I will use foil cupcake liners that are sprayed first. Sticking issues aside, remember they have great flavor, love that you can customize and reheat wonderfully. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2015
I simplified this by using 2 packages of "Just Potatoes hash browns" & Hormel Real Crumbled Bacon. This removed the need to thaw the frozen potatoes or have to cook up & crumble the bacon. I also used oversized muffin tins (6 each) to make 12 nests Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2016
Very nice! I made it exactly as written. Sprayed pan with olive oil spray and loosened potatos before adding egg mixture. They popped right out for serving. No mess. Definitely can cut salt next time. I will freeze leftovers to take to work. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2015
Very cute concept and presents well. Next time; however, I will add green onions and other veggies to enhance the flavor. Note: I used freshly shredded potatoes instead of frozen, which seem to have behaved similarly to the frozen potatoes; make sure to rinse the starch off of the potatoes and squeeze the water out of the potato shreds using a piece of cheese cloth. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2017
I love this recipe. I change the ingredients frequently just depending on what I have leftover in the fridge. So far I've used sausage bacon and ham. I also saute some onions and then cook the meat in with those for additional flavor. I typically use more than the recommended amount of meat I would suggest 1 1/2 pounds of sausage and at least a pound of bacon (8 or 9 slices of thick cut). I've read several complaints about sticking I've never had this problem. I use the Pampered Chef individual brownie pan without liners and generously apply cooking spray. I start with hash browns frozen and after "pre-cooking" them I press them down with the back of a large spoon. After the final bake I run a butter knife around the edge and they slide right out. I typically get 24 nests which I package in two's in sandwich bags. They can be warmed in 30-45 seconds in an 1100 watt microwave for a hearty on the go breakfast. Read More
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