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hash brown potato nests filled with cheese and spinach
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5 from 9 votes

Spinach Potato Nests

Creamy, crispy and delicious dish
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
Keyword: party food, potato recipe, spinach
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 263kcal


  • Potato Nest:
  • 3 cups hash browns
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 lemon zested
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups frozen spinach thawed or fresh
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup Boursin cheese
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes


  • Preheat oven at 400°F.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the hash browns with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, chopped green onions, the zest from half a lemon, kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. With a spatula gently stir the potatoes thoroughly.
  • Brush olive oil in the interior of a non-stick 12 cup-muffin tin or use a muffin stone bakeware. Carefully mold the hash browns in each muffin cup, pressing the sides and forming a small well in the center. Bake for 20 minutes, until they start to brown lightly. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • Place spinach in a colander to drain water out and sauté in remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil and garlic, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5-6 minutes. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Set aside to cool.
  • In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs and milk with a pinch of salt. Add the Boursin and goat cheese, mix well until smooth and creamy. With a spatula fold in sautéed spinach and garlic and incorporate completely.
  • Using a spoon, fill the potato cups with the spinach/egg mixture and bake for 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before carefully unmolding the nests.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 537mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4985IU | Vitamin C: 16.8mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 2.2mg