Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes “Bird Nests” for Easter Brunch

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Close your eyes and picture bundles of parslied shredded hash brown potatoes, diced ham, cheese, and seasonings, formed into the shape of bird nests, then baked up until golden brown. Now picture popping them into your mouth with a bit of spicy aioli on the top. Fabulous, right?!

These easy cheesy hash brown potatoes bird nests are creamy, spicy, crunchy, and delicious, and they can be served up as an appetizer or a side dish at your Spring party or Easter Brunch.  Come into the virtual kitchen and I’ll show you how quick, easy, and fun these are to make!

Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes "Bird Nests" - Bundles of parslied shredded hash brown potatoes, diced ham, cheese, and seasonings, formed into the shape of bird nests, then baked up until golden brown. Now picture popping them into your mouth with a bit of spicy aioli on the top. Fabulous, right?! Get the recipe from itsyummi.com

Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes "Bird Nests" - picture bundles of parslied shredded hash brown potatoes, diced ham, cheese, and seasonings, formed into the shape of bird nests, then baked up until golden brown. Now picture popping them into your mouth with a bit of spicy aioli on the top. Fabulous, right?! Get the recipe from itsyummi.com

 

Easter will be here before I know it, so I thought I’d better get my act together early this year and plan out a nice Easter brunch for Brian and I. Last year was a disaster. Not a bit of planning took place, so I threw together a non-traditional dinner at the last minute. I refuse to be a slacker this year!

Not having family to entertain doesn’t stifle my desire to prepare a nice meal for us to enjoy. Appetizers are a must, as are things like hot cross buns, crisp asparagus with homemade kumquat poppy seed dressing, potatoes, and a lamb roast.

Like most guys, Brian loves creamy mashed potatoes, but even he said he wanted something lighter this year. We’re both trying to kick some excess weight, so at first, I thought I’d just make us baked potatoes.

Seriously, Becca? How boring can you be?  I was over at Walmart picking up a few things anyway, so I thought I’d peruse the aisles and see what recipe inspiration I could think of.

When I was walking past the woven straw Easter baskets, That’s when the inspiration kicked in and I decided to try my hand at making little Easter baskets made out of potatoes.  Then I saw the green Easter grass and even more ideas flew into my head.  Ooooo, green grass in the potato baskets!

What food would best resemble grass?  Hash brown potatoes, of course!  I tossed a bag of Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes into my cart and kept on movin’. I needed to figure out how to make them green.

Some of you know that I stopped using food coloring last year, so I wanted to use a food source that had lots of chlorophyll in it (that’s what makes naturally green things green).  I was going to pick up some spinach to try, but then I remembered that I had a big bunch of parsley at home, and hello… parsley tastes amazing with potatoes!  I had a game plan and was super excited to head home and get my plan into action!

Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes "Bird Nests" - picture bundles of parslied shredded hash brown potatoes, diced ham, cheese, and seasonings, formed into the shape of bird nests, then baked up until golden brown. Now picture popping them into your mouth with a bit of spicy aioli on the top. Fabulous, right?! Get the recipe from itsyummi.com

First step:

Cook down the parsley with some water, reduce it a little bit, and bring on the Spring color!  I strained out the parsley and I was left with a nice liquid to soak my frozen shredded potatoes in.  I didn’t thaw them or anything… just tossed ’em up a bit to make sure everything was covered.  I let them sit in the liquid for about 10 minutes and then I stirred in some diced ham, cheese, and seasonings.  Trust me, gang…these are seriously that easy to make!

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I flipped the oven on to 425 and let it heat up while I assembled everything.  Oh, before I forget, please be sure to spritz the wells of the cupcake pan with olive oil to prevent sticking. Otherwise, you’re bound to have a struggle removing the delicate hash brown potatoes baskets.

Which I then realized no longer looked like Easter baskets.  Umm, Easter baskets have handles, Bec.  These were hash brown potatoes BIRD NESTS!

Incredibly easy to make, absolutely adorable to look at, and trust me, positively yummi to eat!

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With a recipe this perfect to serve for brunch, do we really need anything else? Well, yes. But these cheesy hash brown potatoes with ham just might be the star of the show!

So tell me…What’s YOUR favorite thing to eat for brunch?

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 Here’s the recipe for my hash brown potatoes nests!

Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes "Bird Nests" - picture bundles of parslied shredded hash brown potatoes, diced ham, cheese, and seasonings, formed into the shape of bird nests, then baked up until golden brown. Now picture popping them into your mouth with a bit of spicy aioli on the top. Fabulous, right?! Get the recipe from itsyummi.com

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For more Easter recipe and decorating inspiration, check out my Easter Pinterest Board!

Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes "Bird Nests" - picture bundles of parslied shredded hash brown potatoes, diced ham, cheese, and seasonings, formed into the shape of bird nests, then baked up until golden brown. Now picture popping them into your mouth with a bit of spicy aioli on the top. Fabulous, right?! Get the recipe from itsyummi.com

48 Replies to "Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes "Bird Nests" for Easter Brunch"

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    […] of frozen hashbrowns for this recipe, so you might want to use the rest of the bag to make up some shredded potato nests. They’d actually make a great appetizer for New Year’s Eve, or a brunch fix for New […]

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    Celi March 30, 2015 (9:49 am)

    Oh my goodness! Potatoes & Aioli are two of my favorite things. These sound amazing and I’m definitely trying them out. Thanks for sharing.

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      Chef Becca March 31, 2015 (8:13 pm)

      Thank you, Celi. If you make the potato nests, please come back and let me know what you thought of them!

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    Alicia April 16, 2014 (11:47 am)

    These little “nests” are adorable! I love how you colored them with the parsley… very creative. #client

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      Chef Becca April 17, 2014 (7:20 am)

      Thanks so much, Alicia! They were lots of fun to make 🙂

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    Prash @ YummilyYours April 13, 2014 (11:29 am)

    I love it! I just made something similar with Zucchini. I wish I had come across your recipe for Aioli before I devoured them 🙂 Thanks for sharing it.

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      Chef Becca April 13, 2014 (12:01 pm)

      Thank you so much! Yeah, the aioli recipe is a winner condiment in our house! 🙂

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    Andi @ The Weary Chef April 12, 2014 (12:25 am)

    These are beautiful! I love how you mixed the parsley in to add that pretty green color. Fabulous recipe!

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    Summer Davis April 11, 2014 (1:59 pm)

    STOP IT! I love how funny you are in addition to how amazing you are at cooking AND taking food photos. Would you STOP being so darn creative? No, really, don’t stop. Just share some of the amazingness with me, wouldja? I love the natural approach to turning the nests green, and the spicy aioli looks beautiful against the little nests. My favorite thing to make for brunch is typically a crustless quiche but these are on my list for this Easter. FUN! And thank goodness for Ore-Ida and their gluten free Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes! #client

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      Chef Becca April 11, 2014 (4:28 pm)

      You, my friend, are AWESOMESAUCE! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    Kelley @Miss Information Blog April 8, 2014 (6:55 am)

    Becca these look so yummy and your dyeing of the hash browns is genius!

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      Chef Becca April 8, 2014 (7:24 am)

      Thanks so much, Kelley! That’s about as crafty as I get. 😉

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    David @ Spiced April 7, 2014 (2:27 pm)

    These are awesome, Becca!! I’m whipping up a casserole right now with those same hash browns…and I kinda wish I had some leftovers to make these creative nests. Great idea!

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      Chef Becca April 7, 2014 (2:33 pm)

      Thanks so much, David! I’m a sucker for good quality convenience foods, and this product definitely fits into that category. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

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    Kristen April 7, 2014 (6:49 am)

    This is one of those recipes that could be the start of so much more too..thanks for the inspiration!! I’m always trying to think of things to make for brunch!

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      Chef Becca April 7, 2014 (6:56 am)

      I agree, Kristen! Let your creativity go wild and have some delicious eating ahead 🙂

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    Kristen April 5, 2014 (5:53 pm)

    Those nests are so fun! I love how you thought up that recipe. They are perfect for Easter! The aioli sounds like something I’d like to use for lots of dishes…maybe even as a French fry dip!

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      Chef Becca April 5, 2014 (9:39 pm)

      Thanks, Kristen… and oh my GOSH, YES… the aioli would be a perfect dip for fries!

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    Lucy April 5, 2014 (3:26 pm)

    I love potatoes in all forms! These sound fantastic!

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    Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads April 5, 2014 (1:24 pm)

    These look so incredibly amazing!! I cannot wait to try them!

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    Carla April 5, 2014 (8:44 am)

    I love shredded potatoes for breakfast, so I know I’ll love these potato nests with aioli even more!

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      Chef Becca April 5, 2014 (8:49 am)

      I hope you try ’em and love ’em like I did, Carla!

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite April 5, 2014 (7:58 am)

    What a creative hash brown recipe!! Love that spicy aioli!!

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    Jodie April 4, 2014 (10:14 pm)

    This sounds delicious!

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    Mary Ellen April 4, 2014 (9:46 pm)

    Love this idea for Easter brunch!

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    Sandra April 4, 2014 (7:42 pm)

    My husband walked by and said that is a great idea. I agree. Pinned.

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      Chef Becca April 5, 2014 (4:50 am)

      Cute! I guess husbands really DO have good ideas some times 🙂

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    [email protected] {i love} my disorganized life April 4, 2014 (6:48 pm)

    Nests are so fun, especially when they’re as tasty as these look!

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    Jenni April 4, 2014 (5:27 pm)

    These are so cute and Poppable, Bex! Love ’em! And nice job on turning them green, too! =)

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      Chef Becca April 4, 2014 (7:03 pm)

      Thanks, Miss J! The food science was sorta fun! 😉

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    Karen @BakingInATornado April 4, 2014 (2:21 pm)

    These sound amazing. They remind me of the Potato Kugels I posted, just kicked up a notch. . . or two.

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      Chef Becca April 4, 2014 (3:46 pm)

      You mean I missed a recipe on your site?! Acck! I’m on my way over!

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    Jen @ Carlsbad Cravings April 4, 2014 (2:03 pm)

    So creative, so cute and look so delish! Can’t wait to make them!!!

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    whatjessicabakednext April 4, 2014 (1:39 pm)

    The potato nests look so delicious! I also love the aioli- one of my favourites!

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    Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines April 4, 2014 (8:33 am)

    Becca, these are amazing! I love that you were able to take something simple and store bought and turned them into a gourmet, delicious treat. The only issue I can see is that I’d end up popping every single one in my mouth and not share any. 🙂

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      Chef Becca April 4, 2014 (8:37 am)

      Thanks so much, Christiane! Funny you should mention over indulging on them. Umm… I may be guilty of that 🙂

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    Heather // girlichef April 4, 2014 (8:26 am)

    This is SUCH a fun idea! And we almost always do brunch on Easter with the extended fam – these would make the perfect addition to the table. Besides – aioli (hooked)!

    Hmmmm…my favorite thing to eat for brunch is probably smoked fish with fresh bread of some sort and fruit, maybe a some potatoes and/or bacon. And coffee. Croissant. You know, just basics ;).

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      Chef Becca April 4, 2014 (8:34 am)

      Oh my gosh, Heather… your comment about smoked fish for brunch just put me into happy mode overdrive! That was a favorite brunch item that my dad and I used to enjoy together (along with pickled herring, which pretty much no one else in the family liked) 🙂
      Your brunch sounds delicious, by the way!

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