Cheesy Grated Potato Nests with Poached Eggs (Meatless Monday)

Grated Potato Nests recipe with Poached Eggs, scrambled egg, fried egg, hash brown casserole

Cheesy Grated Potato Nests with Poached Eggs

This recipe for Grated Potato Nests with Poached Eggs is really all show. I’ve simply taken my recipe for Hash Brown Casserole and given it a makeover for the upcoming holidays. This dish is perfect for a Breakfast-for-Dinner meal, brunch, Easter morning or any other time. And you don’t have to use poached eggs; scrambled or fried work, too! When you don’t want to get fancy with it, just bake the potatoes in a casserole and you have a fabulous side dish!  

The grated potato recipe is my version of hash brown casserole, and it’s simple to prepare. I prefer to use fresh grated potatoes. But take some help from the grocery store and buy a bag of fresh grated potatoes in the refrigerator section if you don’t want to grate your own. You can use frozen hash brown potatoes, but you’ll want to thaw them first.

The potatoes are combined with green onion, sour cream, cheddar cheese, some garlic powder, salt and pepper, and a titch of cayenne. For this presentation, I just mounded up the servings on a baking sheet I’d lined with a baker’s mat (you could use parchment paper, too). Then I made an indentation in the top of the potatoes that would hold the eggs once the potatoes are baked.

The potatoes are then baked for about 30 minutes (40 minutes if you’re baking them as a casserole). Topped with your favorite egg (poached, scrambled or fried), you’ve got a quick, easy, meatless entrée for supper, or brunch.

I have given you the most fabulous technique for poaching eggs previously. That post can be found here. No matter if you’re making a lot of poached eggs, or only a few, you do want to use an ice water bath and then reheat them, as shown in the post. Plunging the eggs into the iced water stops the cooking, so you get perfectly runny yolks every time.

And as I said, if you’re not a fan of runny yolks, scrambled or fried eggs will work beautifully for this presentation, too. Just make these! You’ll be sure to impress!


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Cheesy Grated Potato Nests with Poached Eggs (Meatless Monday)
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Grated potatoes form a nest to be topped with your favorite egg, making for a wonderful presentation that is so Spring-like. The potato recipe can also be prepared as a casserole.
Serves: 4
  • 6 cups grated potatoes
  • ½ cup diced green onion
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat (or parchment paper) and set aside.
  3. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl, stir to combine.*
  4. Place about 1½ cups of the mixture into a rounded mound on the baking sheet.
  5. Make an indentation in the top of the potato mound that will hold your eggs.
  6. Continue this process until you have four mounds and have used all of the potato mixture.
  7. Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy on the outside.
  8. Remove from the oven.
  9. Using a spatula, remove the potato mounds to a plate, top with your favorite egg and sprinkle with chopped chives (if desired).
  10. Serve hot.
*At this point, if you are making this as a casserole, place the potato mixture into a greased casserole dish. The casserole will take a bit longer to bake than the individual mounds, so add about 10 minutes cooking time.


About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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4 Responses to Cheesy Grated Potato Nests with Poached Eggs (Meatless Monday)

  1. Chandra says:

    Thank you for the great recipe! I cooked it tonight and it was a hit with the Family 🙂 Do you have any recipes or good ideas for eggplant? I bought this beautiful plum eggplant but just don’t know what to do with it. Any tip is appreciated!!!

    Lots of Love,

  2. Also a winner! 🙂 I love potatoes and eggs together – in any form!

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