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Monday, January 23, 2012

Pinterest Recipe: Bird's Nest Breakfast Cups

So like a lot of other folks on the planet right now - I'm addicted to Pinterest! I'm finding quite a few good recipes as well as some new Food Hussy readers! 

One of the recipes that has taken Pinterest by storm is the Bird's Nest Breakfast Cups - there are a few recipes out there - but I found one from The Little Birdie Blog

 First you mix together hash browns, salt, pepper, oil and shredded cheese...

Then pop them in a muffin tin about half full - this might work better if you had the "jumbo" muffin tins. Bake these for about 15 minutes to get them to start crisping.

While that was baking, I chopped up some leftover bacon & sausage from the weekend's breakfast.

After you take them out of the oven, crack an egg in each cup and top with meat, cheese, veges and anything else you want to throw in.

Then back in the oven for another 15 minutes and they're done! I had a couple while they were warm and then let the rest cool. After cooling I popped them out and put them in a ziploc bag in the fridge.

Here are a couple shots of them - they're sort of lumpy and floppy - but they taste delicious!


Bird's Nest Breakfast Cups

1 24 oz. bag of shredded hash browns
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tbs oil (I use olive oil)
1/3 cup shredded cheddar
Bacon bits or 8=10 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
Eggs
Extra shredded cheddar
Muffin tin
  1. Take your bag of hash browns and mix in the salt, pepper, oil and 1/3 cup shredded cheese.
  2. Divide amongst the cups in your muffin tin, making sure to grease tin beforehand.
  3. Bake hash browns at 425 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until toasty.
  4. Once they're finished, take them out and lower the temp of the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Crack an egg into each of the cups
  6. Top with bacon and a sprinkle of extra cheese
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-16 minutes (or until the eggs are as firm as you like them).
  8. Slide a knife along the edges to remove from pan when cooled.
Birdie Notes:
  • I like to break the yolks in my eggs a bit once I put them into the hash brown cups
  • When I cheat on these, I use the Oscar Meyer Bacon pieces found in the "salad dressing" section of the grocery store. They're the closest thing to fresh bacon I can find, and all-natural. :)
  • You can also experiment with ham, sausage, and veggies to make them your own!
Food Hussy Notes:
  • I will scramble the eggs next time - I broke them like she recommended and they came out sort of like hardboiled eggs - which isn't a bad thing - but I want to see if I can get them a little fluffier. 
  • I added salsa before baking and it was a really fantastic addition - it added a little juiciness and lots of flavor! 
  • Have fun - add what you like and/or what you have in the fridge! 




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