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Eggs in a Nest

eggs in a nestThis easy one-pan dish is a great way to work some vegetables into breakfast.

I created the sweet potato shreds using the OXO Good Grips Spiralizer. We received it as a gift recently, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much it’s encouraged us to include more vegetables in all our meals. It includes three blades: spaghetti, fettuccine, and ribbon cut. We’re used it for raw beets, Asian pears, carrots, parsnips, butternut squash lasagna “noodles”, and even broccoli stems. (This last one will be part of an upcoming “food from garbage” post.)

The sweet potatoes in this recipe are spiralized with the spaghetti blade. I like to run a knife through the extremely long strands a couple of times so they’re easier to work with in the pan.

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Eggs In A Nest

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 6 cups sweet potato about 2 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Gateway To The North Maple Garlic Seasoning (see notes below)
  • 5 large eggs
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • sweet paprika


  1. Scrub sweet potatoes. Pat dry with a towel. Slice ends of sweet potato evenly, then spiralize using spaghetti blade. Run a knife through the spiralized potatoes a few times to make the strings a bit more manageable.

  2. Heat a cast iron pan over medium-low heat. Add canola oil, then sweet potato. Season with Gateway to the North seasoning, and a pinch of kosher salt. Toss until coated with oil. 

  3. Saute, stirring frequently, until potatoes are slightly tender-crisp. (You don't want them to be completely done, or they'll get too soft while they cook with the eggs.) Reduce heat to low. 

  4. Spread potatoes in an even layer over the bottom of the pan. Crack 5 eggs directly into the pan, spacing them evenly. Season eggs with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, and a sprinkle of paprika.

  5. Cover and cook approximately 5-7 minutes, or until eggs are set and cooked to your preference. Remove from pan immediately and serve. (Cast iron retains a lot of heat and will continue to cook the eggs.)

Recipe Notes

Gateway to the North is a maple-garlic seasoning available at The Spice House, located in Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI. Their spices can also be ordered online. This spice blend contains pure maple sugar, granulated brown sugar, coarse Kosher salt, Tellicherry pepper, garlic, onion, and green onion flakes.