1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F
2. In a bowl, combine the hash browns, butter, salt, and pepper. Press mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of the greased non-stick muffin cups. Bake at 400°F for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
3. Meanwhile, cook sausage according to package directions; cut into ½-inch pieces. Divide sausage among muffin cups.
4. Combine the eggs, cheese and bell pepper. Spoon over sausage. Sprinkle with chives. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until set and an internal temperature of 165°F has been reached.