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Tater Tots Egg Nests

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Frozen tater tots are more than just an easy side dish! Make crisp little cups or nests and fill them with egg, cheese, and bacon. Everyone (especially kids) loves these delicious, crispy tater tots egg cups. This tasty tater tot recipe is perfect for breakfast or brunch. You will proudly serve them on your holiday table for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas brunch, or anytime you want to make an impression!

tater tot egg nests on a bunny plate

Frozen tater tots and hash browns aren’t just an easy side dish anymore. Use them to make creative and tasty snacks, appetizers, casseroles, and potato cups.

How to Easily Make Tater Tot Cups

First, preheat your oven to 450º F. Then, place 8 frozen tater tots in each muffin pan opening.

Pro Tip: Use a jumbo-sized or regular-sized muffin pan for best results. Use fewer tater tots (4-6 taters) regular size pan to hold the egg without overfilling the cup.

a muffin pan with frozen tater tots in the wells

Bake tater tots at 450ºF for 10 minutes.

Spray the bottom of a juice glass or small jelly jar around 3″ in diameter with cooking oil. Twist the glass around inside each muffin opening, creating a “nest,” and the sides of the tater tots reach the top of each opening.

Return to the oven and bake for 15 minutes, until they are golden in color.

cupcake pan with tater tot nests with raw eggs inside, ready for baking

Crack each egg and carefully drop the egg into each cup. As you can see above, a large egg fits perfectly inside the tater tot nests.

muffin pan with freshly baked tater tot egg nests

Return the muffin pan to the oven, and bake for 15-20 minutes.

The eggs in the images were cooked for 20 minutes, and the yolks were completely set.

If you like like runny yolks, I recommend 15 minutes of baking, and 20 minutes if you like your egg yolks fully cooked as I do.

tater tot egg nests with bacon topping

Garnish with chives, green onions, or sour cream before serving the tater tot egg cups.

This is an easy recipe that’s delicious and perfect for breakfast or brunch.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are tater tots made of?

Tater tots are grated potatoes formed into small cylinders and deep-fried, often served as a side dish. The name “tater tot” is a registered trademark of the American frozen food company Ore-Ida, but is often used as a generic term. “Tater” is short for potato.

What goes with tater tots?

Serve these tater tot eggs with our sweet and gooey cinnamon roll apple bake, frozen monkey bread, banana bread, or banana muffins!

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Tater Tot Egg Nest Cups recipe

tater tot egg nests on a bunny plate
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Tater Tot Egg Nests

For best results, use a jumbo-sized muffin tin.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Appetizers, tater tots, tater tots appetizer, muffin tin tater tots, easter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 219kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (32 oz.) Tater Tots frozen
  • 6 large eggs
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled OR ¼ c. bacon bits

Optional

  • chives
  • green onion, sliced, green part only
  • sour cream for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • For best results, use a jumbo-sized muffin tin. Spray muffin tin with cooking oil. Place 8 tater tots into each muffin cup. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Spray bottom of a juice glass or small jelly jar around 3" in diameter with cooking oil. Twist the glass around in each muffin creating a "nest" and the sides of the tater tots nests reach the top of each opening.
  • Return to oven for 15 minutes, until they are golden in color.
  • After removing from oven, carefully crack an egg into each of the tater tot nests. Bake for 15 minutes (10 for runny yolks, and up to 20 for hard cooked yolks).
  • Add cheese and bacon bits on top and return to oven for 2-3 minutes until cheese has melted.
  • Wait a few moments to cool and remove nests with tongs. Garnish with chives, green onions, or sour cream and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 204mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 616IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 297mg | Iron: 1mg

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