A fun and delicious make-ahead recipe, Sweet Potato Hashbrown Egg Nests are perfect for brunch, breakfast, or a quick snack.
I'm in the midst of planning our family's annual Easter Brunch and was looking for a good make-ahead egg recipe to add to the mix. Some years I've gone the frittata route, but this year I wanted to change things up a bit. I was flipping through The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays for a little inspiration and stumbled upon hash brown egg cups. Such a cute idea, and just the thing for a make-ahead brunch.
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I changed things up just a bit by adding sweet potatoes for color and sweetness, and then tossing the potatoes together with some olive oil instead of using cooking spray. The process of making these sweet little cups is simple. Just par-bake the potatoes, grate them, add to a muffin pan, bake, add the eggs, and then bake again. You can't go wrong with this simple and fun recipe--I hope you'll give it a try soon. Now let's make some hashbrown nests!
RECIPE & KID-FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS
1 | If you're making these ahead of time, prepare the recipe through step seven. When ready to serve, add the eggs and proceed with the recipe.
2 | The egg nests can also be fully made ahead of time and gently reheated in a 350F oven or on the stovetop.
THIS RECIPE IS . . .
Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Vegetarian, Paleo and Whole30 Friendly
Sweet Potato HashBrown Egg Nests
2 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean
3 tablespoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
12 large eggs
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Bake the russet and sweet potatoes until they’re cooked through but not quite tender, about 20 minutes. The goal is just to pre-bake them a bit, so they should still be pretty firm.
3. Let the potatoes cool enough to handle, then peel and grate, using the largest grating size.
4. In a large bowl, toss the grated potatoes, olive oil, and salt.
5. Add the grated potato mixture to a 12-cup muffin pan, 1/3 cup at a time. The mixture will shrink significantly when baked, so it’s okay if there’s a lot of mixture in each cup. If you end up with extra potato mixture, feel free to use it to make additional egg cups.
6. Use your fingers to lightly press the center of each cup so the potatoes spill over the top a bit.
7. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees, then bake until the potatoes are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Keep on eye on them so the ends of the potato shreds don’t burn.
8. Remove from the oven, let the nests cool a bit, then crack one egg into each cup and sprinkle with additional kosher salt to taste.
9. Return to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on how cooked you like your eggs. Let cool slightly, then serve immediately.
Makes 12 egg nests.
Adapted from Hashbrown Egg Nests in The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
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