Getting kids to eat a delicious and nutritious breakfast before they head out the door is a great way to start off any day. My kids have fallen in love with this simple and fun way to prepare poached eggs in a potato and cheddar basket alongside fruit birds - an irresistibly fun breakfast! They love using their forks to split the poached eggs in half and watch the yolk run all over the crunchy and flavourful potato-cheddar nests.
I made this video to show you just how easy it is to make simple poached eggs for your kids without any fuss or muss.
To plate this dish I fashion their favourite fruits into healthy and playful birds. I use a few slices of citrus with some apple or pear to form the beaks and feet. The eyes can be grapes, banana slices, or mini marshmallows for a treat. What a perfect way to get off to a great start to the day!
2 red potatoes, peeled
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
4 large eggs
Grate the potatoes with the large holes of a box grater and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle with half the kosher salt and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Gather the potatoes in the center of a kitchen towel and wring the potatoes dry.
Transfer the dried potato back to the bowl and add the paprika and remainder of the salt. Mix to combine.
Preheat oven to 400 F. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of potato into each muffin cup, being sure to line the bottom and the sides. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the outer sides are golden brown.
In the meantime, poach eggs as per my video above.
Using a knife loosen the edges of each potato nest and gently remove. Sprinkle some cheddar in each nest, top with a poached egg and remaining cheddar and serve immediately.
Makes 4 nests