Nested Potato Skins
These crispy potato skins were born out of a desire to develop a more updated and elegant version to serve at a luncheon, brunch or tea. So, I began to experiment with different options and I put together these potato nests. They were a huge hit then and now, and are often requested as a side dish, too. Even with the update, these nested potato skins are still requested by my family for our game day watching snacks. They're a terrific choice on any day when serving superb appetizers is in order.
Helpful Tips for Making Nested Potato Skins [Potato Skin Nests]
- It's important that the shredded potatoes are dry for the best crispy end result.
- You'll be ale to yield 12 medium or 24 mini potato nests.
- There's no such thing as too much bacon so, feel free to adapt to your specific taste.
- You can mix the potatoes up in advance and chill tightly sealed. I recommend waiting until just before serving to bake.
- Serve these for breakfast or brunch with eggs, as an appetizer or a side dish.
- To my sheer delight, these nested potato skins were featured in the September 2012 issue of Southern Living Magazine.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Nested Potato Skins [Potato Skin Nests]
- 3 cups freshly shredded russet potatoes OR frozen shredded hash browns OR 20 oz pkg refrigerated shredded hash browns
- ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 large beaten egg whites
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon white pepper
- 1 ½ cups colby-jack cheese
- 16 oz sour cream
- 8-10 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- chopped parsley or chives for garnishing
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside.
- If using fresh potatoes: Shred the unpeeled potatoes into a medium size mixing bowl using a box grater or food processor. Blot gently with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Don't rinse. If using frozen shredded hash browns: Thaw completely before adding to the mixing bowl.
- Mix shredded potatoes, egg whites, Parmesan cheese, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper together.
- Scoop ¼ cup of potato mixture into each muffin cup. Usie a small glass to press the potato mixture firmly into the bottom and up the sides of each cup.
- Spritz each nest with butter flavored cooking spray. Alternately, drizzle each with melted butter.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes or until cooked through and golden. Sprinkle with shredded cheese in the last few minutes of baking.
- Remove from the oven and gently run a knife or an offset spatula around each nest to loosen the edges. Allow to cool in the pan for around 2 minutes before attempting to remove.
- To assemble: Top with sour cream and crumbled bacon. Garnish with finely chopped parsley or chives. Serve warm.
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