Eggs in Sweet Potato Apple Nests

Some say Los Angeles doesn't get fall colors, but if you judge us by the colors of our autumnal fruits and vegetables, I'd say we get plenty. We have the bright hues of figs, pumpkin, yams and squash. And then there's Stokes Purple Sweet Potato. Yes, I said purple.

Leave it to Frieda's to crack the code on this cool purple skinned, purple fleshed sweet potato. They're a bit less sweet tasting than their regular sweet potato cousins. The texture is slightly dryer and more dense, making it ripe for recipe development. They're non-GMO, grown in CA and also available organically.

Stokes Purple are high in antioxidants and have a low glycemic index.

eggs in apple sweet potato nests

I loved the purple color so much, I thought they'd make beautiful holders for baked eggs. Given their not as sweet, I threw in a little fall apple and some onions to make a really flavorful shell.

These are great when entertaining at the holidays and you need something for brunch in the morning. They're easy enough to bake in the oven and tasty enough that everyone will enjoy.

eggs in sweet potato apple nests

Eggs in Sweet Potato Apple Nests

Makes about 8


  • 1 large Stokes Purple Sweet Potato (of other potato)
  • 1/2 apple like honey crisp
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 8 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cut the potato, apple and onion using the grater blade on a food processor or a handheld grater. Season with salt and pepper and mix with hands to ensure even distribution of ingredients.
  3. Heat large pan over medium heat and add coconut oil. When warm, add the potato mix to the pan. Mix once and then allow to sit and begin to brown. Flip. Cook 10-15 minutes until mixture softens and just starts to crisp.
  4. Spray a muffin tin with oil and then place about enough potato mix into each cup to have a thin layer on the bottom, as well as all sides. The nest will shrink when cooking so make sure to cover the sides to the top. Bake in the oven about 3-5 minutes until set and then crack an egg into each and return to oven. Cook until the white and yolk are set, about 10 minutes.
  5. Cool slightly and serve. 
Baked egg in sweet potato apple nests

Look or ask for Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes at Sprouts and Gelson's, and Ralphs carries organic Stokes Purple sweet potatoes. Or you can always contact Frieda's, who sent me mine. Thanks Frieda's!