A favorite weekend breakfast is the bird’s nest with a soft poached egg. There are three ways that I know how to make this. All three ways give a crusty brown bottom topped with a poached egg, a runny yolk and set white. All three ways are simply delicious and fun to eat! One way is leftover homemade corn beef brisket, see my recipe for One Corned Beef Brisket, Three Food Dishes. A second way is made with hash brown potatoes. In this recipe, I use canned hash brown.
Admittedly, the canned hash brown has more fat and forming a nest is definitely challenging. For this reason, I use the canned version only once or twice a year—most often because it’s just quicker to make.
Prep time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 10 minutes, Total Time: 15 minutes
Tools needed: Non-stick heavy bottom skillet and a lid
2 teaspoons butter
1 - 14 ounce can Corned Beef Hash
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
Open one end of the can. Using a knife, slide it around the edges between the corned beef hash and the can while gently shaking the hash out onto a plate. The goal is to release the corn beef hash in one piece. Cut the corn beef hash in half.
Melt butter in the skillet on medium-high heat. Place each half of the corn beef hash in the skillet. With a small spoon, press down on the center of the hash to create a shallow well. The sides will fall apart. Turn the spoon to push up the sides. You may need to use your fingers to hold the interior of the nest while pushing up the sides of the hash. This is the challenging part but keep at it. Continue to cook the hash to get a crusty brown bottom. You may need to continue to push up the sides. About 5-6 minutes.
Season the interior of the hash with salt and pepper. Break an egg one at a time in a small bowl, keeping the yolk in tack. Gently place the egg in the well of the beef hash brown. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle half of the dried oregano on top. Repeat these steps for the second bird’s nest. Place a cover on the skillet and allow to cook about three minutes or until the yolk is cooked to your desired doneness.