Egg and Cheese Hash Brown Nests


Confession: sometimes I’m a brat. This is totally true. Sometimes I’m sleepy, my eyelids are heavy and I just want my way, like, right now.

Currently, if I could get my way in all things life, this is how it’d go:

1. More hours in the day for me to work and say hi to friends.

2. I’d be able to drink copious amount of gin without having an awful hangover face. I can’t swing it–not a youngin’ anymore, guys. Depressing.

3. I’d drink coffee at 9pm and still be in bed by midnight. I’m totally not sensitive to caffeine at 8am, but it ruins me after 6pm. Truly unfair.

4. At Chipotle I’d be able to assemble my very own burrito. They’re very nice people at Chipotle but I just wanna do it myself.

When I’m sensing my brattiness is taking over my usual good and positive nature, I gotta put myself in check. ‘Cause seriously look at what I made! Look at what I have had in my life! Crispy hash browns! With cheese! All topped with a runny egg. Such a good look!

Like any good thing, it starts with a good amount of carbs.

The trick I found to crispy hash browns/latkes, etc. is you must sprinkle the potatoes with a bit of salt, let them stand and then squeeze out the moisture. You’ll be surprised at how much comes out–it’s kinda crazy.

Next you’re going to add some good stuff to the potatoes like a shallot, garlic, some pepper, paprika. All for good measure.

Add a few tablespoons of the potato mixture to the muffin cups, and lining the bottoms and sides using your fingers.

You want to make sure they’re compact as possible. This will help with ensuring the little potato nests keep their shape.

Oven time!

After about 12 minutes, they’ll look like this situation below. Sort of crispy on the outsides, but definitely a pale potato on the insides. This is cool. They’re still more baking in their future. Add the cheese (not a lot) and then crack an egg in each of the muffin cups.

Now, if I could do this again, I’d totally use medium eggs (I used large eggs). Everything was perfectly fine but I was a little scared some of them were going to overflow.

More oven time!

Just enough until the eggs are cooked.

You’ll be met with the cutest, egg and hash brown situation ever. Perfect for those days when you need to be yanked out of your bratty, attitude mood.

Egg and Cheese Hash Brown Nests

Print this recipe!

2 russet potatoes, peeled
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
8 medium eggs

1. Generously grease a muffin tin and set aside. Using a box grater, shred the potatoes and transfer them to a bowl; sprinkle with the kosher salt and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Gather the potatoes in the center of a cheese cloth (or a bed of paper towels) and wring the potatoes dry, removing the excess water. There will be quite a bit!

2. Transfer the dried, shredded potato back to the bowl and add the shallot, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and paprika. Mix until combined.

3. Preheat the oven to 400F. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture into each muffin cup, being sure to line the bottom and the sides. Since the potatoes will shrink when baked, make sure you go all the way to the top of the muffin tin when lining the sides. Bake for 10-15 minutes, and until the outer sides appear lightly golden brown.

4. Decrease oven to 350F. Remove from oven. In the center of each hash brown nest, add a teaspoon of grated cheese, and then top with one egg. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, and until whites are set, but yolks still appear soft.

5. Allow to cool for 2 minutes in pan. Using a butter knife, run it around the edges of each hash brown nest and gently remove it. Top with remaining freshly ground pepper and serve immediately.

Yields 8 Hash Brown Nests

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  • Reply Margarita March 2, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Thank you for sharing this breakfast treat! I love how adorable the eggs look in the nest… too cute and too delicious. I WANT!

  • Reply Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen March 2, 2012 at 1:02 am

    These are so cute! I think breakfast is my favorite meal to make. And eat…yummy.

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou March 2, 2012 at 1:49 am

    This is such a clever recipe for a weekend brunch with the family: easy to make, great taste and also pretty fancy to look at!

  • Reply Villy @ For the love of Feeding March 2, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Oh boy, oh boy, oh boyyy! I can eat eggs every day! Looks amazing!

  • Reply marissa @ the boot March 2, 2012 at 2:04 am

    i couldn’t agree more about wanting to assemble your own burrito. and the drinking coffee after 6! here in italy they drink it after dinner, at 11, and fall asleep fine! i’m pretty jealous about that. i can’t wait to make these nests! 🙂 have a great weekend.

  • Reply J @ ... semplicemente ... j March 2, 2012 at 2:32 am

    I love crispy hashbrowns and runny eggs … I have NEVER been succesful at making hasbrown so I will try the salt-rest-water squeeze … I will keep you posted!

  • Reply The Very Hungry Bookworm March 2, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Those are adorable! I here you on the coffee. If I drink it in the morning, it has no impact. At night, I’ll be wired for hours. Life is so not fair. These nests to make it a little fairer though!

  • Reply Katherine Martineli March 2, 2012 at 3:42 am

    These are so cute! I love any breakfast food that comes in its own little cup.

  • Reply cassie March 2, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I’m such a brat when it comes to hashbrowns. What a perfect way to get each one perfectly crispy!

  • Reply Heather (Heather's Dish) March 2, 2012 at 4:51 am

    i’m in love with these…and i totally get the brattiness. sometimes a girl just wants to make her own burrito, you know?!

    • Reply Adrianna March 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Fo sho.

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  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 2, 2012 at 5:59 am

    These are so fun! I am totally making these this weekend. Love it!

  • Reply Dana B @ thebakingbooth March 2, 2012 at 6:04 am

    cool! I’ve done this with stuffing before, but not hash browns! Love this! 🙂

  • Reply Valerie @ Sex, Food, and Rock & Roll March 2, 2012 at 6:13 am

    This is quite possibly the cutest breakfast ever. And also the most perfect breakfast for Easter/Vernal Equinox!

  • Reply Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 2, 2012 at 6:19 am

    These are too cute for words!!!

  • Reply Emilia March 2, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Oh my gosh, these look so good. Like I want to eat one right now even though I kinda just had lunch so good. Perfect for a weekend brunch! 🙂

  • Reply Sophie March 2, 2012 at 6:58 am

    this quite literally looks like heaven on a plate. i must try!!!

  • Reply Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy March 2, 2012 at 7:20 am

    My boyfriend would love this breakfast! I must make these for him sometime!

  • Reply Christina March 2, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Those. Are. Precious! And I want them in my face ASAP.

  • Reply Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga March 2, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Last week I made eggs + hashbrowns and baked them as one big casserole. I have GOT to try your next idea. The family will go nuts for these. Thanks!

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  • Reply Evelyn March 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Amazing, you are! (in my yoda voice 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna March 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

      HAHAHA! OMG. This just made my day.

  • Reply Alex Galvan March 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Your food looks amazing. I’m so happy I stumbled upon your blog. I look forward to following you and trying some of your recipes. Happy blogging! Alex

  • Reply Carissa March 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I’m the exact opposite with caffeine! I get the shakes in the AM, but after dinner it doesn’t do anything at all. Maybe it’s not only timing but also the size of the mug?

  • Reply Heather March 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Glad I’m not the only one who wants to dive over the Chipotle counter and DIY my burrito. I’ve taken to recreating them at home and it’s so satisfying haha.

    • Reply Adrianna March 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Smart move.

  • Reply Mary @ Bake Break March 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I’m ridiculously excited about this recipe. This might be dinner tonight… YES!

  • Reply MollyL March 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Thank you for posting this recipe I have been wanting to try this! Yummy!

  • Reply Caitlin March 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

    these are so awesome! I usually make baked eggs with bacon around the edge, but i’d never even thought of this…so clever 🙂

  • Reply Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking March 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I totally agree with everything you are saying! I don’t even think it’s bratty at all! I agree with the sometimes careless manner a Chipotle burrito is assembled, not cool! Thanks for the crispy hash brown trick! Mine always turn out soggy, yuck! I can’t wait to make these!

  • Reply Elizabeth @ chronic venture March 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    yummm love these!! so pretty

  • Reply Blondie March 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Great idea! Do you think this would work using the pre-shredded fresh hash browns (like Simply Potatoes) in the dairy aisle?

    • Reply Adrianna March 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      In theory yes. I haven’t tried it, though. Since they’re frozen, wringing them dry is super important. 🙂

      • Reply Tammy April 28, 2012 at 4:29 am

        The frozen potatoes worked great. Half a bag made about 12. I defrosted them first then dried them. I also used a spoon to push down the middle before adding the egg. It smushed the potatoes a bit but it allows enough room for the egg. I also added a few bacon crumbles to the bottom when I did the initial baking.

        VERY GOOD.

  • Reply Sarah March 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    when are you going to do a COOK BOOK!?! i think i have pretty much every one of your recipes bookmarked on my computer, and they always turn out yummy!

    • Reply Adrianna March 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Spring 2013–it’s in the works! More details soon!

  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet March 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    could these be any CUTER?! i think not.

  • Reply Mary March 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    These are adorable! I just spent a good hour looking through your breakfast recipes, and it was oddly comforting. Haha.

  • Reply Elizabeth March 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    These sound delicious!

  • Reply Am @ The Cook's Sister March 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Wow! These look fantastic! I tried a similar recipe recently that used toast instead of the hash-browns. I like the hash-brown version better because it makes a better ‘container’ for the egg. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  • Reply Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef March 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    these are so cute!

  • Reply Miranda March 3, 2012 at 4:38 am

    I want to make these so badly! But her is my question: How do you keep your shredded potato from turning funky colors after you shred it? Whenever I make hashbrowns and shred the potatoes they always turn an orangish color while I’m letting them rest. Does the salt fix that? Is it the sqeezing out of the water? (Never tried that…I always just let them rest on a bed of paper towels to dry.) Or maybe its the quantity? (I cook for a big family) Idk….any thoughts?

    • Reply Adrianna March 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Well if you don’t want them to turn brown, and you have a huge batch to do, you can shred the potatoes into a bowl of water. It’s the air that oxidizes them, making them change brown. Definitely not harmful to the flavor of the potatoes, but for sure not super appetizing looking. When you’re all ready, you can drain them, let them stand with the salt and wring them out. Hope that helps!

      • Reply Miranda March 4, 2012 at 5:51 am

        I made these yesterday morning! They turned out super yummy and everyone (including my 5 year old who doesn’t care for eggs) LOVED them! Thank you for the tip, I greatly appreciate it and it did help, although I was surprised at how much water I ended up wringing out of them! This my become a weekend favorite around here! THANK YOU!

        • Reply Adrianna March 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm

          YAY! HIGH FIVE!

  • Reply Kim March 3, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Brilliant! These are making me smile this morning. I can’t wait to try them!

  • Reply Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions March 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    These look ah-mazing!! I can’t wait to try them!

  • Reply Skip March 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    tomorrow morning… THIS is breakfast!!!

  • Reply Kiran @ March 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    What a creative use of hash as cups! Is it breakfast time already?!? 😀

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  • Reply Maia @ MaiTreat March 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Does breakfast get any cuter?!?! Seriously, I love this. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Kelsy March 5, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I’ve seen these on Pinterest but yours are, by far, the cutest. They look absolutely perfect and delicious!


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  • Reply Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet March 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    These are brilliant! I’m already planning on making them this weekend 🙂

  • Reply Erin March 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Made ’em, loved ’em, can’t wait to make them again.

  • Reply Brittany March 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm


    This seriously looks like the perfect breakfast. It has all the essentials AND it’s in a cute little potato cup!?! I’m dying.

  • Reply Chelsea @ Chelsea's Culinary Indulgence March 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    These are so cute I can’t wait to try!

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  • Reply Heather March 6, 2012 at 4:58 am

    You had me at hash brown. And then you added cheese & a runny egg. I would date this dish! And I would be a proper date who gives compliments & laughs at jokes. I’m adding potatoes to my shopping list!

    Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

  • Reply brandi March 6, 2012 at 5:43 am

    i love this idea! this is the perfect breakfast, right here.

    and yes, i’d love to make my own burrito at chipotle, too.

  • Reply Erin March 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I so love that you made these, because I have a huge bag of has browns in my freezer that I was trying to figure out what to do with.

  • Reply Lucie (Thursday Night Dinner) March 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

    so cute! i love these and cant wait to try them out

  • Reply Elizabeth {Southern Elle} March 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

    YUM! I am so in the mood for a lovely breakfast like this.. right now.
    So delicious, and so perfect.

  • Reply Let Me Eat Cake March 8, 2012 at 12:26 am

    i love these nests! what an amazing idea i’m totally making these for breakfast tomorrow!

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  • Reply Roseann March 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing. I know this will be a huge hit with the husband. 🙂

  • Reply Alex Malter April 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I made these for dinner tonight. I scrambled the eggs and incorporated spinach before adding them to the nests, and it was absolutely lovely! Oh my my! Added mini blueberry pancakes and topped with vanilla maple syrup. Breakfast for dinner. DONE.

  • Reply Mia April 6, 2012 at 3:10 am

    I am making these nowww! 😀 😀 😀

  • Reply KHazel November 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I made these and they were delicious. Instead of baking the potato first I decided to go the less healthy route and fried the potato in the bacon fat and then added everything and baked them. Extra crispy-goodness 🙂

    Thanks for the idea! Love your blog!

    • Reply Adrianna November 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Whoa! You took it up a notch. LOVE.

  • Reply Diana S November 16, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Thanks for sharing a recipe that uses FRESH potatoes and not frozen bagged with who knows what added! Can’t wait to try them!

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    making this recipe right now, thank you for sharing, I’ve been liking for a good and easy nested egg recipe for a while now….

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  • Reply Yeji March 31, 2013 at 11:17 am

    My boyfriend and I just made these for Easter brunch and may have gobbled up the entire muffin pan worth of goodies between the two of us . . . oops! So good — thank you for sharing! (PS — we ended up sprinkling some hot sauce and a dollop of sour cream on some of them — AH too good)

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  • Reply Patricia Miozza April 9, 2013 at 4:14 am

    This recipe sounds amazing. I definitely want to try it but need you to clarify the “divided pepper” part. You do not indicate how much to put into potato mixture. Do you think 1/2 tsp or 3/4?

    Thanks so much!!

    • Reply Adrianna April 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Sorry about that. It’s fixed now!

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    These were awesome. I think I left mine in the oven for too long, but the result was still really good. Definitely am going to try to make them again.

    Thank you for the recipe 🙂

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  • Reply Rosella January 30, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Very good. I like it.

  • Reply Emily March 25, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Really perfect.