Hash Brown Cups

Finding out that I am gluten intolerant a year ago has been an interesting ride. I have said farewell to fresh white fluffy bread (the GF alternatives are fine as toast but thus far have failed to measure up on the freshness aspect) and goodbye to my beloved donuts (but I am going to start trying to make some GF donuts soon!!). But, with many goodbyes has also been lots of new discoveries and new ways of cooking. 

And sometimes, that means potato, a thousand ways! I try not to eat too many heavy and starchy carbs, but instead of bread, sometimes (and particularly at breakfast time) potato will be the only thing that will do! So coming up with new ways to enjoy it has been kind of fun. 

I had the one giant hash brown under eggs benedict, and that was wonderful for a group brunch, but not always ideal just for the two of us. 

meg-made Hash Brown Cups
meg-made Hash Brown Cups

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So these hash brown cups are perfect to make when there's just the two of us, and actually use much less potato than a regular hash brown! 

To make the Hash Browns, grate one large (russet) potato and microwave for about 4 minutes, until the potato is soft, but not overcooked and stuck together. Then add a little GF flour, about two tablespoons, and mix through with your hands. 

Spread some melted butter into muffin tins to ensure the hash browns don't stick.

meg-made Hash Brown Cups
meg-made Hash Brown Cups

Then press the shredded potatoes into each muffin hole.

meg-made Hash Brown Cups
meg-made Hash Brown Cups

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. The potato is effectively pre-cooked in the microwave, so it is just a case of crisping them up!!

When they are crisped and slightly brown, you can then crack an egg into each one and bake for a further 7 minutes. I used a cupcake tin, so the cases were a little small for a full size egg, so next time I am going to use quails eggs!!

meg-made Hash Brown Cups
meg-made Hash Brown Cups

We had our hash brown cups with baked eggs served with home made baked beans (recipe will come soon I promise) which was just heavenly. 

meg-made Hash Brown Cups
meg-made Hash Brown Cups

I love how different and fun these cups are, and love finding new ways of enjoying my favourite dishes. I think they look great and would make a fun brunch with friends, as you can prepare so much of them ahead of time! 

meg-made Hash Brown Cups
meg-made Hash Brown Cups
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