This Hanukkah season, there have been dozens of recipes for “latke muffins” online. I can’t say I’m overwhelmed by this concept because basically you just take your latke mix and bake them in muffin tins instead of in the oven (on in a pan), and what does that give you besides muffin-shaped latkes? Bupkes! But it did get me thinking…
For ages I’ve been wanting to try baking eggs in the oven. I’ve seen eggs being baked inside puff pastry in muffin tins. I haven’t quite gotten around to trying that out. Instead, with Hanukkah upon us, I decided to mash up the two concepts and I came up with Hanukkah Baked Eggs in Latke Nests.
This is a fun dish, looks good, and adds a little bit of nutrition into this Hanukkah classic. They are like Hanukkah Hash Browns and Eggs. You can serve them with whatever you enjoy with eggs – smoked salmon, hot sauce, or plain old ketchup. Not sure this will work with apple sauce though. For that, make another batch and serve them for dessert with apple sauce and sour cream.
3 medium sized potatoes (to make about 3 cups of grated potato)
1 small onion
14 eggs (12 should be medium sized, 2 can be large for use in the latke mixture)
2 tablespoons of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons oil
How to do it
1. Grate the potatoes (not finely) and the onion.
2. Rinse the potatoes in water to get rid of the starch and place them in a colander to drain – leave them to drain for about half and hour (at least). Squeeze out as much liquid as you can with your hands.
3. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (350°F)
4. In a mixing bowl combine the potato, onion, 2 eggs, flour, baking powder and salt.
5. Liberally oil a 12-cup muffin tin.
6. Add about 2 tablespoons of potato mixture to each cup, and spread it up the sides, to the top of the cup, leaving a nest in the middle. Do not fill too much or there won’t be place for the eggs.
7. Bake for 25 minutes.
8. Remove the pan from the oven and carefully break the remaining eggs into the latke nests.
9. Return to the oven for about 8-12 minutes. 12 minutes will give you hard yolks. Check to see when they are done to your taste.
Serve hot. Add smoked salmon on the side to upgrade the dish.
Makes 12 servings.