Our favorite coffee shop closed last summer, and ever since we’ve been on the prowl for a new one. Our current favorite (fairly close, small, good coffee, good food, friendly staff) is Coffee Crumbs and Cones. They have an outstanding breakfast item called a birdnest. It’s a jumbo muffin-sized parcel of eggy hash brown-sausage-jalepeno yumminess; I haven’t been able to order anything else when we go there.
The other day I saw a recipe for something that looked similar to a birdnest, and BING! I knew I could adapt the recipe to try and mimic the yumminess of a CC&C birdnest. Michael thinks I got pretty close! They are super easy and reheat beautifully in the microwave. Here are a few fresh from the oven this morning.
Here’s how I made them, but you can vary the “mix-ins” to suit your taste.
- 1/2 a 30 oz package frozen hash browns, thawed. (That’s around 3-4 cups)
- 1-1 1/2 cups mix-in (I used ground pork browned with bell peppers, onion and jalepeno)
- 2 cups shredded cheese, divided (Again, your choice–I used Mexican blend)
- 3 large eggs
- 12 tsp (4TBSP) butter for the muffin tin
Preheat oven to 475F. Place 1 tsp butter in each well of a 12-muffin tin.
Place tin in the oven for a minute to melt the butter, and then use a paper towel to swirl the butter up the sides of each well, leaving the majority in the bottom.
In a bowl, place hash browns, mix-ins of your choice, 1/2 the cheese, and eggs.
Stir until combined.
Divide evenly among the prepared muffin wells.
Schmush them (technical cooking term meaning press down on the hash brown mixture) a bit and top each with cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden and sizzling! Voila! Quick, easy and yummy!
Use a knife to cut around the edge of each and lift from the pan to a plate.
Mmmmmm. Have a bite.
These birdnests could be made smaller (less hash brown mixture per muffin well), baked for half the time, topped with an egg and baked for the remainder of the time. They could be completely vegetarian by mixing in your choice of sauteed or steamed veggies–think about the veggies you like in quiche. You could mix in ham or steak or…..you get the idea! Whatever you think is yummy!