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Egg nests for breakfast

Updated on September 15, 2014

Egg nest are a wonderful breakfast treat

Slightly labor intensive, these are not the quickest breakfast treat but there are some short cuts to save some time. What's the best thing about these? They are quite yummy!

We make them for holidays but then some days, we just want a tasty breakfast that makes the house smell welcoming.

The best thing about the egg nests is that you can change them the way you like them. We have picky eaters so I have added a section below of the changes I made to this recipe.

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 6 (unless you count my husband and then it changes to 4)


  • 3 1/2 cups thawed shredded hashbrowns
  • 1/2 cup butter - melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 eggs
  • 2/3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/3 cup diced red pepper
  • 3/4 cup crumbled bacon pieces
  • shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put the thawed hash browns in a large bowl.
  3. Add the salt, pepper and melted butter.
  4. Mix until the butter is evenly distributed.
  5. Distribute the mixture into the muffin tins. If the muffin tin is not non-stick, spray with cooking spray. Mold the hash brown mixture to the bottom and the sides.
  6. Bake them for 30 minutes until they are brown.
  7. Remove the nests from the oven and let them cool. Prepare egg mixture.
  8. Combine the eggs and milk in a bowl.
  9. In a skillet, saute the onion and red peppers until the onion is translucent. Let them cool and then add to the egg mixture. Add the bacon and/or sausage.
  10. Set oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  11. Fill the nests with the egg mixture and cook for 30 minutes. Top with cheese and let it melt.
  12. The nests should lift right out of the tins.
Cast your vote for Just how do you make these?

3 1/2 cups of hashbrowns - Make sure that they are completely thawed

1/2 Cup of Butter - 1 Stick = 1/2 Cup

Put the stick of butter in a microwave safe measuring cup and set it for 30 seconds.

Ready to make nests

Big muffin tin

Baker's Secret 116466007 Basics Nonstick 6-Cup Texas Muffin Pan
Baker's Secret 116466007 Basics Nonstick 6-Cup Texas Muffin Pan

If I am going to make these, I want a big egg nest. This is the one I use and I like that it is non-stick.


Muffin tin with hashbrown nests

Ready for baking

Check out the changes I made to the recipe and the tips I have to share.

  • I use cheddar/jack cheese or whatever I have on hand.
  • Most of the recipes have you remove the nests to a baking sheet and then add the egg partially cooked. Too much work for me. I leave them in the tin and add the egg mixture without cooking it first.
  • Don't worry about overfilling the muffin tins with the hashbrown mixture. The hashbrowns shrink down.
  • The nests can be premade and stored in the refrigerator.
  • We have picky eaters so cheese never touches the nests before cooking.
  • We don't add the onions to the egg mixture because the other picky eater in the house won't touch them. I add 1 tablespoon of dried onions to the hashbrown mixture and he can't see them.
  • Since we don't add the onions to the egg mixture, the additional butter is not required.
  • I think I might try Chorizo. One picky eater won't touch it but two of us will.

Fresh out of the oven

Three of them topped with cheese

Mine, all mine! - With cheese of course!

Comments appreciated

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    • LiteraryMind profile image

      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Looks yummy. Not that hard.

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Wow your recipe images rock. I cannot think of any other breakfast recipe article more deserving to be sitting in the upper ranks. You have done an excellent job of displaying this egg recipe. (Made me hungry.)

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Wow your recipe images rock. I cannot think of any other breakfast recipe article more deserving to be sitting in the upper ranks. You have done an excellent job of displaying this egg recipe. (Made me hungry.)

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      6 years ago

      What an awesome way to dress up breakfast! I bet my son could scarf down all six egg nests in one sitting. And I think I have everything I need on hand... may have to put that to the test today. Who says breakfast can't be lunch?

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      6 years ago

      That's such a novel idea, it's like an egg omelet but the hash browns are the filling! I'm definitely going to try this instead of home fries next time.

    • Tagsforkids profile image


      6 years ago

      Interesting, and looks good. We'll have to try them. No picky eaters here, so there will definitely be onions and cheese...and probably a few other goodies! :-) Thanks.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I'll take cheese, onion and chorizo on mine, thank you. I love breakfast foods like this but only for special occasions. The rest of the time it is fresh fruit and a container of fruit yogurt.

      You did a wonderful job showing as well as telling how to make these.

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      These are so yummy and a great item to serve at brunch!


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