What's stashed in your freezer? Do you have bags of spinach, corn, or other goodies hiding in the back? Time to pull them out and put them to work. We're talking about ways to shop your freezer and make good meals out of frozen foods, and this week I want to talk about potatoes — one of my all-time favorite freezer staples.
Unlike corn and strawberries, frozen potatoes aren't just something I buy when potatoes are out of season (especially since potatoes, being well-adapted to long storage, don't really ever go out of season). I keep diced potatoes in the freezer year-round for the convenience. When I want to make a quick egg casserole, I love how I can throw in frozen potatoes — you don't even need to thaw them! — for a filling boost of vitamin C and flavor.
When buying frozen potatoes I look for plain diced potatoes. They're often sold as hash browns, but I check the ingredients and make sure there is no added salt or spices.
Here are a few more ways I use frozen potatoes.
1. Bake into egg casseroles.
As I mentioned above, this is the reason I initially started keeping frozen potatoes around. A breakfast casserole with eggs and potatoes is just so filling and hearty.
2. Make (easier) potato casseroles.
OK, this isn't getting too far afield from egg casseroles, but potato casseroles are their own (indulgent) thing. And using frozen potatoes means that you don't have to peel, chop, and cook potatoes. It's a shortcut to potato goodness.
3. Add to soups.
I think that soups have been mentioned in nearly all of these Shop Your Freezer columns, but it's worth repeating again: frozen vegetables are so convenient for quick weeknight soups and stews. Simmer a bag of frozen potatoes in chicken stock with some garlic and herbs, then puree. Instant comfort.
4. Learn an Indian breakfast.
One of my favorite weekend breakfasts is poha, an Indian dish of flattened rice cooked with spices. The recipe I use also calls for diced potatoes, and using frozen hash browns is a convenient shortcut.
5. Make a frittata.
Frittatas are such a great weeknight dinner, but I don't always have the energy to peel and chop potatoes. Again, frozen potatoes to the rescue.
Do you use frozen potatoes? How do they make their way into your cooking?
(Image credits: Faith Durand; Emma Christensen)