From the Kitchen of Melissa Sperka, Greensboro, NC
"My advice: Double the recipe, because these crispy bites will disappear fast!"
3 cups frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
3/4 cup (3 oz.) freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Vegetable cooking spray
Shredded colby-Jack cheese
Cooked and crumbled bacon
Chopped fresh chives
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°. Stir together hash browns, egg whites, Parmesan cheese, onion powder, salt, garlic powder, and desired amount of freshly ground pepper. Press about 1/4 cup potato mixture into each cup of a lightly greased 12-cup muffin pan; coat with vegetable cooking spray. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. (Bake in a 24-cup miniature muffin pan 20 minutes, if desired.) Remove from oven, and cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes. Gently run a knife around nests to loosen edges; remove from pan to a serving platter. Top nests with colby-Jack cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chopped fresh chives.
I made these for a party and they disappeared as fast as I could get them out of the oven. I make them now for football weekends and sometimes just when we feel like appetizers for dinner! So good, and even crunchier if you use a mini muffin tin. (Just watch how long you bake them if you go for the small tin.)
I made these as an accompaniment to dinner for Super Bowl - EXCELLENT!! this is a repeater for sure. I used about 2 cups of potatoes and halved the remaining ingredients. Tonight I'm going to make them again but I'm going to add 1/2 cup of the potato mixture to each muffin cup and maybe put the cheese on top for the last few minutes of baking. I forgot to spray the muffin tin (nonstick) and the 'nests' were really stuck to the bottom.