Simple Potato Nests For Brunch. Are you looking for a great breakfast that is delicious, but a little change from the ordinary? How about potato nests? These are simple to make you can top them however you like!
Spiralizing the Potatoes
You don't have to spiralize the potatoes, but it sure looks cool if you do! I have an OXO spiralizer that I just love. If you are interested, I can recommend this one. If you have not used a spiralizer before, don't be intimidated. They are so simple to use. I have spiralized just about everything. This beautiful spiralized carrot salad is a show-stopper!
If you don't have a spiralizer, you can always use hashbrowns and form them into the nest. Simply grate the potatoes, but instead of brushing with egg white as I will show below, mix the egg whites in with the grated potatoes and then form for baking.
Forming The Simple Potato Nests For Brunch
There, the hardest part of this dish is over. Now, form mounds of the spiralized potatoes on your baking sheet. I used red potatoes and each mound was one medium-sized red potatoes worth. You can of course make them bigger or smaller, depending on preference. I also like to line my baking sheet with parchment paper. You don't have to do this, but it makes cleanup so much easier. If you don't use parchment, make sure and spray your pan well, otherwise, your nests will stick. Cleaning potatoes off a pan is a huge pain!
Next, take one egg white, beat it for a few seconds until it is a little frothy. Then brush your nests with the egg white. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Potatoes are pretty plain, so make sure and salt well.
Baking The Simple Potato Nests For Brunch
I love to bake these hot, about 425 degrees. The potatoes should be tender and golden brown around the edges. These cook fairly quickly, so whatever you plan on using for topping, have them cooking at the same time. It is nice if you can get these out at the same time your toppings finish up.
Topping The Potato Nests
Here is the fun part. Use these potatoes nests as a blank canvas. I went simple, just some perfectly scrambled eggs and diced peppers and green onions.
But, you can use any type of breakfast meat, sautéed veggies, cheeses, salsas. I mean it when I say you can add anything to them! A great southwest version would be scrambled eggs with chorizo, maybe some jalapenos and cotija for topping. You can always do an Italian version with proscuitto, eggs, and green olives. Or how about a BLT version?
These would be really fun as a make-it-yourself bar as well for your next get-together. You make the nests and have a variety of toppings available for your guests. Then they assemble the way they want them! I am sure your friends and family would love it!
So, just remember if you are tired of the same old breakfasts, try something new! These potato nests are the perfect thing. They are great for even the pickiest of eaters!
I have a few suggestions for things that would go well with these awesome potato nests.
- How about a really great Fruit Salad with honey dressing? This is my favorite way to eat a fruit salad.
- A good buttermilk biscuit is a must in our house for brunch. I have a Green Onion and Gruyere that I promise you are going to love. Or what about these Green Chili and Jack Drop Biscuits? Another favorite.
- Maybe you would love to serve a tasty lemonade with this brunch? I love blueberry lemonade too!
Simple Potato Nests For Brunch
- 4 medium red potatoes
- 1 egg white
- salt and pepper
- toppings of choice
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spiralize your potatoes. You can also grate and create the nests this way.Create 4 nests with your potatoes on a baking sheet. I like to line mine with parchment paper, but you can always use pan spray if you prefer. Beat your egg white for about a minute until it is frothy. Brush the nests with the egg white mix, then brush generously with salt and pepper.Place in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are tender and the edges are a beautiful golden brown. Top with scrambled eggs, fried eggs, any breakfast meat your like, sauteed veggies, cheese, salsa. Whatever! They are so versatile and so delicious!Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!
I used red potatoes for mine, but russets are also a great option! I would stay away from the yellow fleshed varieties though, I really don't like the way they bake.
For one, instead of brushing with egg white, simply brush with olive oil instead. Then topping for you are also unlimited. Any sauteed veggies with vegan cheese would be incredible. You can top with black beans, jalapenos, and salsa for a southwest version
Well, you can spiralize your potatoes ahead of time, but that is all I would recommend. These really are best served hot and the day of. If you are going to spiralize ahead of time, place the spiralized potatoes in ice water to prevent browning. Then when you are ready, drain and pat dry. Then proceed as directed above.