Quiche Nests - A Fun Brunch Dish

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Food is always more fun when it's served in cute little mini portions, don't you think? Even better if it looks like something else. As I've mentioned before, pie (and quiche) crusts tend to be a tough sell around my house, so we've even gone without a crust when making quiche, but this weekend, I had an epiphany--why not try using hash browns for a crust?  And even better, make little mini quiches inside muffin tins, I was kind of hoping that they would look like little birds' nests. And they did!!

Aren't they so cute? My girls loved how cute they are, and how each one is it's own portion. Everyone enjoyed eating them, and they were even good the next day as leftovers! Yum!

Here's what you need:

Instant Potato Hashbrowns in a milk-style  carton (we got ours at Costco)
Water according to hashbrown instructions
3 slices of thick-cut bacon, already cooked, chopped
4 eggs
1/2 small onion, minced
1/2 bell pepper, minced
1/2 cup fine shredded cheddar cheese blend
salt and pepper
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Open the carton of hashbrowns and pour in hot water according to directions to hydrate. (My package took 12 minutes to hydrate.

While potatoes are hydrating, mix together bacon, eggs, onion, pepper, and cheese. Salt and pepper as if you were going to scramble the eggs (remember there is salt in the bacon so go light).

Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. Once the potatoes have hydrated, drain remaining water from the carton. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out potatoes and portion them into 10 muffin tins. Use the back of the ice cream scoop to hollow out little "nests" in the hashbrowns. Portion out the egg mixture among the nests. Bake in a 400 degree over for 20-25 minutes, or until the eggs are done through and the hash browns are slightly browned.

Makes 10 quiche nests.

What do you think...does food that is cuter taste better?

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