Birds Nest Eggs

I just love this fun recipe idea for Easter! Serve your family birds nests, with a little twist. Eggs and hashbrowns are the perfect copy-cat with a great flavor! I was very pleased with the outcome when I made these because they were so cute and tasted awesome! They worked great to feed my 10 month old baby and my husband both. 

As you make your plans for Easter, this is the perfect opportunity to incorporate the significance and symbolism of each tradition. Why do we have Easter bunnies, baskets and plastic eggs? I hope you ponder their importance and find ways to teach your family this Easter Sunday. Because this recipe centers around eggs, let me tell you about it’s symbolism. 

The egg is a symbol of new life. Pagans use it to celebrate spring and some Christians use it as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. Painting the eggs became another way to celebrate the end of the period of penance (a time of repentance), when eggs were not supposed to be eaten, but could then be eaten at the beginning of Easter time. You can see how decorating the eggs might be a way to celebrate not only eating the eggs but the cleanliness that comes after repentance, or the new life that is given after forgiveness. Of course, the egg is also where the chick comes from, as it hatches, receiving life. The scriptures do not talk about the egg but because it is a representative of new life it relates to Easter time, and the celebration for the new life that is offered us through the atonement, death and resurrection of our Savior.

Ingredients:

3 cups frozen hashbrowns
3 TBS olive oil
1 TBS salt
1 tsp black pepper

1 cup shredded cheese
12 eggs

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Spray a muffin pan. Thaw the hashbrowns in the microwave and then place in a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper and stir to coat evenly. Place 1/4 cup hashbrowns in each muffin tin. Press to the edges, forming a dip in the center (like a nest). Top each “nest” with about 1 TBS of shredded cheese. Carefully crack one egg into the center of each “nest”, trying not to break the yolk.
Bake the nests for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and carefully use a butter knife to free the nests from the muffin tin. 
Have fun and enjoy!

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