Ham & mushroom potato nests with fried quail’s eggs

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only

Brunch with a difference, bake these addictive, mini spiralized potato nests ahead of time then crack in the eggs and cook when your guests arrive

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:40 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 108
  • fat 4g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 9g
  • sugars 1g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 7g
  • salt 0.4g


  • 10g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g waxy potatoes, peeled, ends trimmed and spiralized into thin noodles
  • 120g pack of ham, torn into pieces
  • 125g ball mozzarella, drained and grated
  • 12 quail’s eggs


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Generously grease 12 holes of a non-stick muffin (or cupcake) tin with butter.

  2. Heat the butter in a frying pan over a medium to high heat. Add the mushrooms. Fry for 4–5 mins until they begin to brown. Stir in the garlic, cook for 1 minute, then tip the mushrooms into a large bowl. Stir in the potato, ham and mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Divide the mixture among the muffin holes and bake in the oven for 25 mins or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and run a cutlery or palette knife around the edges of the nests to make sure they are not sticking to the pan. Then use the back of a teaspoon to press down the centre of each to make an indent large enough to hold a quail's egg. Crack a quail’s egg into each nest and return to the oven for 8–10 mins, until the egg white is set and the yolk runny. Cool in the tin for 1-2 mins, then carefully lift out with a palette knife.

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