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Featured Recipe        Very Cheesy Mini Potato Nests

Today’s recipe is a real treat whether you serve it as a side dish with a week night dinner, or as an appetizer. However you serve them everyone will love these little morsels.

They are a wonderful finger food at parties and for game day.

I found this recipe at the Sargento cheese web site.

I Think It Is a Conspiracy?

The recipe calls for 24 ounces of hash browns. The package in the stores around here is 20 ounces. I do not buy a second package just for that. The cheese comes in 8 ounce packages. I only need 6 ounces. Plus I find I don’t even need that much. It is a great mystery why package amounts are always so way different from recipe amounts. Why do they do this? It is a great mystery.

Plus I have NEVER, EVER been able to get 36 nests out of this recipe. I don’t know if I make the nests too big or what. Today I was able to make 23.

The second best thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make.

The Number One best thing about it is how fantastically delicious it is! Be forewarned: They are addictive.

This is what you will need for about 36 nests if you make them smallet than I do:

1- 24 ounce bag shredded hash browns

1 egg

1 ½  cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese*

½  cup sour cream

8 slices bacon

Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking spray

* Use ay kind of cheese that rocks your boat

Here is what you do:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Coat mini muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray.

Slightly beat the egg.

Combine potatoes, egg, salt and pepper in medium bowl.

Use your hands to mix well.

Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of potato mixture into each muffin cup. I like to leave some shreds of potatoes spill out of the cups. I think they are prettier that way. They look nice and airy.

Use your   fingers or the back of a spoon to press mixture firmly onto the bottom and sides of muffin cups. I use both. What you want is to create little baskets or “nest” so that when they are done you have a place to put the cheese, sour cream, and bacon.

Bake about 20 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown.

Put the bacon up to fry, and when crisp crumble the bacon. You can microwave it if you prefer. You could use bacon bits if you want.  However, if I am going to eat fatty food I want REAL fat, not fake.

When the 20 minutes is up remove the potatoes from the oven and sprinkle cheese into each potato nest and return to oven and bake for 2 minutes more or until cheese melts.

When the cheese has melted remove potatoes  from oven and top each nest with sour cream and bacon and, if desired, additional cheese. HOWEVER……

…………before I do this I have found it is easier to remove the nests and place on a plate before putting on all the goodies. The nests come out quickly, but often some of the goodies fall off if I put the goodies on while still in the baking dish. We absolutely,  positively can’t have that now, can we?

Now top with sour cream and bacon and, if desired, additional cheese.

Serve hot  and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. (And I know you will.)

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

1- 24 ounce bag shredded hash browns      $2.50

1 egg, slightly beaten                                 $0.12

1 ½  cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese          $.86   

½  cup sour cream                                    $0.75

8 slices bacon                                            $3.00

Salt and pepper to taste                             $—-

Cooking spray                                            $0.07

Total cost = $7.30
Cost per nest = $0.32 for 23 nests

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