This isn’t your ordinary morning eggs in a nest. This awesome looking dish is made with delicious fluffy hash browns topped with a perfect oval shaped poached egg. A true Egg in a Nest!
So this is my version of eggs in a nest. The more common one is usually a slice a bread with an pan fried egg in the middle. Mine is actually a hashbrown nest with a beautiful poached egg ontop giving the look of a egg laying inside a nest.
[A normal egg in a nest]
I initially had some problems making this dish because I couldn’t get the potatoes to cook properly when I grate them. Somehow they always turn pink before I can finish setting everything up. So I resorted to hand cutting them into match sticks, which turned out wasn’t that much work. I found that one large russet potatoes is enough to make about 3-4 nests.
After I figured out the potato part, I needed to find out how to to make the poached egg a ball shape. I wanted to look round so I couldn’t just poach an egg like I usually do. I did some searching and found that if you crack an egg into some plastic wrap, tie it up, and poach it like how you normally would, you will end up with a nice round poached egg.
It wasn’t until after I finished filming that I thought of using soft boiled eggs to give me the perfect look. I was so stuck on using the poaching method that it didn’t occur to me that there was other ways to cook eggs. So I had to go back and refilm some shots to include the soft boiled egg.
[My egg in a nest]
Of course making the eggs to be a certain shape is only for aesthetics. You can really add your favouite style of cooked egg ontop. Which is why I added different types of eggs at the end of the video.
Give it a try, and tell me what you would add to your nest in a egg.
1 large russet potato
3 fresh large eggs
Salt & pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup cheddar cheese
3 bacon strips
handful of sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp chopped rosemary
1/4 cup parmesan
1/2 lemon zest
1/4 cup parmesan
1/4 cup parsley
whatever the hell you want
Start by gently scrubbing the potato under running water to remove any dirt. Next you want to cut the potato about the size of a match stick. The length doesn’t really matter too much, but you want to make sure the thickness are all the same.
One you have your match sticks, you will have to work fairly quickly as they will start to oxidize and turn a ugly pink. Which will result in a weird gray nest when it is baked. So dump the potato sticks into a bowl along with whatever spices you want. Then give them a good squeeze to soften them up. You want to keep squeezing until the potatoes are soft enough for you to shape them into nests.
Stuff the potatoes into a circle ring, or a empty can, or a shallow ramekin, to make the shape of the nest. If you’re not going to top the nest with anything (ie avocado or mushrooms), which I don’t know why you wouldn’t, you can make a little dip in the middle for the egg to rest in.
Place your nest into a preheated 350F oven for 45 minutes.
While the potatoes are baking, lets work on the eggs. Get a small pot of water barely simmering. Then grab a small bowl and line it with two layers of food safe plastic wrap. Crack an egg into the bowl, grab the edges of the plastic wrap and give them a twist to trap the egg inside. You’re pretty much making an egg water balloon. Twist the plastic wrap and tie a knot to keep the egg in place.
Drop the eggs into the water and poach them for 4-6 minutes, depending on their size. Once they’re done, take them out and let them cool under some cold water. Or you cold just save yourself some work and poach the eggs the old fashion way.
Once the potatoes are done, carefully transfer them onto the plate with a wide spatula, place any toppings you want, and finish with the poached egg. Serve immediately.