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These little nests can be filled with crab or ham salad, cheese spreads or any specialty cream cheese. I use garlic-herb cream cheese spread. Form about 1/3 cup cream cheese into 24 balls about 1/2 teaspoon each, placing one ball in each muffin tin. Garnish each with a sprig of dill or a chunk of fresh strawberry.
2 cups packaged hash brown potatoes
1 egg white lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Drain and squeeze potatoes with paper towel to eliminate excess liquid. Mix potatoes, salt and pepper and egg whites. Place 1 tablespoon of mixture into 24 greased miniature muffin tins, lining each muffin tin and making a hole/indention in the middle about the size of a walnut. ("I use the head of a new clothespin and twirl it around; works great.") Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes until potatoes are golden brown and just getting crispy. Cool 2 minutes before removing nests from muffin pan to a wire rack for complete cooling.