Eggs in a Nest {by Our Paleo Life}
Eggs in a Nest {by Our Paleo Life}

Recipe: Eggs In A Nest

By Kendra Benson  , ,   , ,

January 11, 2015

Plain eggs and potatoes can be a boring breakfast day in and day out. Shake it up a bit by making these simple Eggs In A Nest. The sweet potatoes get a boost in flavor with the addition of sweet apples and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

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  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 5 Nests


1 large Sweet Potato

1 Sweet Apple (we use Gala)

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil + more for greasing muffin cups

5 large Eggs

Sea Salt, to taste

Chives, optional

3 slices uncooked Bacon, diced small

Balsamic Vinegar, optional


1Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 5 cups of a jumbo muffin tin with the coconut oil. Set aside.

2Peel the potato and apple and cut into large pieces (to fit into the food processor). In the bowl of a food processor with the shredder attachment, shred the apple and potato together.

3In a large skillet (preferably non-stick or a well-seasoned cast iron), heat the 2 tablespoons coconut oil over medium heat. Add the shredded potato/apple and saute until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Salt to taste while cooking.

4Using a 1/2 cup measuring cup, scoop the potatoes out of the skillet and into the greased jumbo muffin cups. Depending on the size of your potato, you may get slightly more or less than 5 cups. Using a small jar or cup, press an indentation into the potatoes, creating a well in the middle and pushing the potatoes up the sides of the muffin cup. This is your nest.

5Crack one egg into the center of each potato nest. Sprinkle with chives (optional) and salt to taste.

6Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until eggs have reached your preferred doneness.

7While egg nests are baking, cook the diced bacon bits in the same skillet until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

8Remove the nests from the oven. Using a large serving spoon, gently scoop them out one at a time and place them on a serving dish.

9Sprinkle bacon bits on cooked egg nests, drizzle with a bit of balsamic vinegar, and serve hot.


25 Reviews

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Rebecca Isenstein

January 10, 2016

Very yummy and satisfying! Next time I will definitely pre bake my nests a bit before adding the egg so that they crisp up a little more (my bottoms were rather soft). And I think I may try an onion instead of apple for a bit more savory’ness. Thanks!


November 22, 2015

Fantastic! Even my 7 year old “detroyed it” as he said while carrying his empty plate to the sink. Thanks so much!


November 9, 2015

Can the “nests” be frozen?


November 9, 2015

Can these be frozen at any stage? Maybe the nest (before eggs) ?


October 10, 2015

Why only 5 eggs and not 6?


October 4, 2015

Our family is on day 7 of the Whole30 and I made these for breakfast today – they are fantastic! Love the apple & sweet potato mix – great flavor. Thanks!


July 9, 2015

I just viewed your recipe today and I think it’s yummy, for I love sweet potatoes and apples.. I will try to make this for our breakfast.. for a change.. I think my family will love it too..


May 19, 2015

This was my first recipe made for the Whole30. I made these the night before since I had everything out from cooking dinner. I reheated them in the microwave for 30 seconds this morning. Incredible! They were fine reheated, and they are definitely a keeper. I do not have a food processor, so I used a cheese grater for the apple and sweet potato. Let me say, it took forever. (I am not the most agile in the kitchen.) I did pull out the Black & Decker mini chopper, but it did not chop the potatoes thin enough, and the potato kept getting stuck on the blade. I think I am going to try borrowing my neighbor’s food processor before I invest in one. I also made the sweet potato chips which I think would work best with a food processor. Again, it took forever to slice the potato into thin slices. I browned the sweet potato/apple mixture, but it was still moist the next day. I baked everything in the oven for 20 minutes, which made the egg more like a hard boiled egg. I may shorten the time next time to see if the yolk stays a little softer. Also, the nest did tend to fall apart in places when I took them out of the muffin pan, but that was fine. The basic shape remained intact, and I just scooped out the rest and put it on top. I left off the balsamic, but frankly, I simply forgot it. Thank you so much for this recipe! Excellent!

Dawn Rassel

May 11, 2015

These were excellent!!! 2 things. cook the sweet potatoes and apples till brown but not real crisp, and double the batch!!!!


April 28, 2015

I love these!! These got me through my first unprepared week of my whole 30. This has become my go-to breakfast. They reheat nicely so I take them to work with me. Thank you thank you thank you for this wonderful website and amazing recipes. I haven’t found one we didn’t like yet!


April 24, 2015

Not tried this yet but really look forward to doing so! Sounds like I found a better alternative to add to my already boring breakfast table. Thank you for sharing!

Kendra Benson

January 18, 2015

You could try sauteing them longer until they get a little crispy. Or bake them in the muffin tin for a little bit before adding the egg so they can dry out and crisp up a little first. I haven’t had mine turn out too soggy, but I may just prefer mine a little softer than you do. I haven’t tried the above mentioned methods myself, just some thoughts I had that may help. Good luck.


January 18, 2015

I have tried these a couple of times and the nests keep coming out soggy. I’ve tried squeezing out the extra moisture any other tips as to what I might be doing wrong?


January 16, 2015

if your kids are you don’t like sweet potatoes you could use white potatoes can put the bacon and eggs for savory Effect


January 16, 2015

For the grating, Black & Decker (and others) make a mini food processor that works great for this kind of thing, is really easy to clean, and costs less than $15. I’ve used one for decades instead of the alternative huge monstrous machine. I’m also thinking this would be a great gluten free crust for a quiche! Looking forward to trying that!


January 16, 2015

OH YUMMY! I only found your website yesterday and I just made this for my brunch today. It was so delicious and the flavours are great, although mine weren’t quite as pretty as yours 🙂
Julie, I don’t have a food processor so I just used the biggest side on my grater.
Can’t wait to explore some more of your recipes!

Kendra Benson

January 15, 2015

You could use a cheese grater (make sure it’s not the itty-bitty holes) or a mandoline with a grater attachment (I think Pampered Chef makes one like that).


January 15, 2015

What if I don’t have a food processor? How can I shred the potatoe and apple?

Kendra Benson

January 15, 2015

You could make it without the apple, it would just be a smaller yield since some of the bulk is removed from the “nests”. But unless you have an allergy or aversion to apples, I would suggest leaving it in, it adds a depth to the flavor that’s just not the same with only sweet potatoes.


January 15, 2015

This sounds delicious! Can it be made without an apple? what can be the substitute?

Kendra Benson

January 13, 2015

I don’t see why not, so long as you don’t dislike cold eggs. I don’t think I could get my kids to eat them cold 🙂 You could make the sweet potatoes in advance and then bake them with the eggs the day of.


January 13, 2015

Sounds yummy could these be prepared and eaten cold

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