On the weekends I do tend to have brunch both on Saturday and Sunday depending on whats on our agenda for the weekend.
This weekend we didn't get to enjoy our Saturday morning together, because Mahala had 2 games first thing in the morning. So I sent her and Dad off with sausage, egg and cheese biscuits! Those are YUMMMMMY!
So, today is Sunday and I have to make up for yesterday so I started with making a Family FAVORITE of ours....Chicks in a Nest!
Normally what I do is use pre-cut frozen potatoes. But, yesterday I was surprised to see a Favorite Food Network show of mine Pioneer Woman have a similar recipe and she used fresh potatoes. So I thought, hmmmmm why not give it a try!
I gently boiled my potatoes and grated them in a bowl. When I say gently I mean just enough that a fork will go into it. Remember you still have to grate it, so you don't want a bunch of mushy potato all over your hands. ;)
I added salt and lots of pepper. I even put a dash or more of cayenne too. We like it HOT in the Manic House.
After my potatoes are all seasoned I put them in a butter coated muffin tin. Make sure you make the nest part for your egg to go into later.
Now there are a few benefits of using fresh potatoes, one just because they are Fresh...duh! And two is that you don't have to let them thaw a little to make the nests before you cook them. But, I did find with the fresh potatoes your nests might be a little compacted at the bottom, almost like a potato cake. So there are pros and cons to everything. I think from here on out I will stick to the frozen potatoes.
You need to put your nests in the oven on 350 for about 15 minutes and then on a high broil for 5 minutes.
Then take them out and crack an egg inside each one. Normally what I do before I put in the egg is add some cooked diced ham or sausage crumbles. But, today the kiddos really wanted some corn beef hash. So, it's straight up chick in our nests today! :)
Next, put them back in the oven. We like our yolk runny so I leave them in for about 8 minutes. Just enough so the white is cooked. Check off and on though because all ovens vary in temps. :)
After you take them out of the oven, just use a fork and pop them onto a plate. Be careful not to bust the yolk.....I always end up with the not so pretty one. Mom's duty I guess!! HAHAHAHAHAHA
This morning we also ate Spinach with garlic tomatoes and purple onions. A requested corn beef hash from the kiddos, creamy grits and extra spicy leftover hash browns for the potato lovers in the house. :)
And to wash it all down I just made a quick OJ with some oranges that have taken up permanent residency here on my cluttered counter. When I make homemade OJ I like to add the juice from a 1/2 of a small lemon to the pitcher. It just does something to it....I can't explain.