Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Potato Rosti and Quail Egg Easter Nests

A seasonal savoury treat which is perfect for breakfast, brunch or brinner! These bitesized Potato Rosti and Quail Egg Easter Nests taste amazing and are Syn Free on Slimming World.




This recipe is the perfect antidote to all the chocolate overindulgence that Easter can bring. Whilst I'll happily demolish a chocolate krispie Easter nest filled with Mini Eggs, savoury is truly where my heart lies. #CheeseNotChoc I'm sincerely hoping that the Easter Bunny has procured a Cheester Egg for me as they have all sold out. With that in mind it's just struck me that you could even grate some cheese over the top of the Rosti Nests before they head to the oven. They'd make the perfect Easter breakfast or brunch but if truth be told I'd be delighted to eat them for pretty much any meal on any day of the year. (If you happen to be doing Slimming World, use Fry Light and they are syn free - can't be many Easter Eggs you can say that about!) 



My Potato Rosti & Quail Egg Easter Nests are super easy to make if you follow my recipe. They did however entail a wee bit of trial and error on my part to perfect the method before I shared them with you.

  • Muffin Tin - I baked the first batch in a silicone muffin tin but traditional metal ones are definitely better for heat conductivity and avoidance of soggy bottoms.
  • Potatoes - Next the potatoes, I left the skins on, used a waxy variety and grated them using a food processor on the coarsest setting. They need to have as much as possible of the moisture squished out of them. I used a combination of my hands and squeezing them in a tea towel.
  • Seasoning - Use much more salt and pepper than you think you'll need. My first batch was rather bland. You could also spice them up with paprika or chilli.
  • Quail Eggs - Final hurdle was the quail eggs. I quickly learned that you can't crack a quails egg open like you would a hen's egg. I tried a number of methods that Google suggested finally settling on sawing them open with a serrated knife. The technique takes a wee while to master but by the second dozen I had no burst yolks which I count as a success (there were 3 casualties in the first batch)

Potato Rosti & Quail Egg Easter Nests
Makes 12

500g Waxy Potatoes
Salt & Pepper
12 Quail Eggs
Spray Oil

Preheat the oven to 200c
Wash the potatoes, no need to peel, and coarsely grate.
Squeeze as much moisture as you possibly can out of the potatoes using your hands, a teatowel or combination of both.
Season the grated potatoes really well with salt and pepper.
Spray a 12 hole metal muffin tin with oil and arrange the potatoes into 'nests' with a small hollow in the middle.
Crack a quail egg into each hollow.
Spray the nests with oil before baking them in the oven for 20 minutes or until the eggs are set and the potato rosti is golden brown and crispy. 

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18 comments :

  1. What a great idea.They look perfect for an Easter Breakfast.Very clever.x

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    1. Too good to save just for Easter breakfast!

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  2. How cute! My only hesitation is whether the potato will actually be cooked in that short time frame. Do you spread the rosti just really thinly?

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    1. I promise you it is - and nice and crispy on the top.

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  3. These look great, brilliant for a breakfast treat!

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    1. They are perfect as a potato side dish too - I've now made them once for breakfast and twice for dinner.

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  4. What an awesome idea! My muffin tin rarely gets used so this would be a great way to put it to a bit more use!

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    1. My muffin tin gets a lot of use - probably the thing I bake most often - but this is a great alternative.

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  5. These would make a fab Easter breakfast! Also Cheester Eggs?! Want! Thanks for linking up with #TreatPetite

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    1. You would not believe how excited I am about the Easter Bunny turning up with my Cheester Egg!

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  6. Yum! Thanks to our chickens we always have a lot of eggs so I would use their eggs for this. This is going on my to try list. Sorry for the late comment and I hope you have a good week. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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    1. They would absolutely work with hens eggs, just make a slightly bigger hole and use the smallesy of your eggs. I do wish we had our own chickens #jealous

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  7. what a lovely alternative to sweet easter nests, they would make a wonderful Easter Sunday breakfast or a starter for the main dinner of the day. thank you for linking up to #BakeoftheWeek x

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    1. Ooooh I hadn't thought of serving them as an Easter starter - that could work really well.

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  8. I love these - Such a creative idea! Would make the perfect breakfast dish every weekend. Thanks so much for joining in with #BakeoftheWeek once again - very pleased to let you know that you are this week's featured recipe.

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    1. Oooh thanks for choosing me to be the featured recipe - do I get a sticker or a medal?!
      Definitely too good to save just for Easter.

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  9. I had to pop over to say hello and also how much I love your nests :) Just perfect and so pretty!

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  10. These look right up my daughter's street! Thanks for sharing with #OnePotato Two Potato.

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