Frozen food has received a bad rap in recent years, mostly due to many frozen food producers using low-quality ingredients and fillers in their products. Nowadays though, there are several frozen food producers who are mindful of what goes into their products. This has allowed many people to confidently fill their freezers with healthy frozen foods, saving on both time and money.
Frozen hash browns are undoubtedly one of the best things you can have in your freezer, due to their versatility and ease-of-cooking. Eaten alone they may not make the healthiest meal, but used as an element in your favorite dishes they can become a quick and easy way to incorporate potato.
Here are some of my favorite alternative uses for frozen hash browns.
The Best Around
If you have experience in the kitchen and plenty of time, then making your own frozen hash browns may be a luxury you can enjoy. However, most people appreciate the convenience of buying pre-made, but struggle to differentiate which is the best to buy.
In my experience, Dr Praeger’s Hash Brown range is the best frozen hash option, as they are all gluten free, soy free, vegan, Kosher and Non-GMO certified. They also aim to minimize the amount of ingredients, and keep the calorie count transparent.
- Four Potato Hash Browns – shredded red bliss, purple, Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes.
- Southwest Style Hash Browns – Yukon Gold potatoes blended with green chilies, jalapeño peppers and chili powder
- Sweet Potato Hash Browns – sweet potato shreds and a hint of brown sugar
Hash browns have been an element in breakfast for as long as I can remember, and for good reason. Potatoes are high in those starchy carbs we need in the morning to replenish our glucose supply and give us energy for the day.
One of my favorite ways of eating hash browns for breakfast is in a stack. There are many variations of hash stacks, so I recommend looking up some different recipes and coming up with something just for you and your family.
Here are a couple of my favorites, stacked ingredients are listed from bottom to top:
- Fresh greens (spinach or angula), sweet potato hash brown, caramelized onions, and a sunny-side up egg.
- Southwest style hash brown, spinach cake, poached egg, hollandaise sauce. (This is a hearty breakfast and should be modified for children).
Another great use for frozen hash browns in breakfast is as a replacement for bread for those who are gluten intolerant.
Lunch and Dinner Ideas
We’re all used to eating potatoes with our lunch and dinner, but hash browns are often forgotten as a potential ingredient in these meals. Not only do they save you time on cleaning, soaking, and shredding the potatoes, they make a crispy base in baking, and act as a flavorful thickener.
The casserole is the ultimate thrown together dish which is perfect on those busy days. Using hash browns in them not only thickens the casserole, but will also give a crispy outer layer that your kids will love.
Here are a couple of hash brown casserole variations you can try:
- Classic Cass – thawed four potato hash browns, chopped yellow onion, condensed cream of chicken soup, cheddar cheese.
- Sweet Cass – thawed sweet potato hash browns, chopped red onion, condensed cream of chicken soup, mozzarella cheese
- Spicy Cass – thawed Southwest style hash browns, chopped red onion, jalapenos, condensed cream of chicken soup, queso blanco or monterey jack cheese.
Many of us remember the potato and leek soups that our grandma used to make, these following suggestions can be considered an evolution from that.
Here are some wonderful soup ideas which use hash browns:
- Cheesy Soup – thawed four potato hash browns, shredded carrot, diced yellow onion, chicken broth, heavy cream, milk, grated cheddar cheese
- Sweet Soup – thawed sweet potato hash browns, pumpkin puree, diced yellow and red onion, coconut cream, milk
My last but absolutely not least favorite dish to use frozen hash browns in is a quiche. The best thing about quiche is that it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Hash browns can give quiche a nice crispy topping which almost completely transforms the dish.
Here are a couple of niche quiche suggestions:
- Quiche Lorraine – thawed four potato hash browns, chorizo crumbles, chopped brown onion, eggs, milk, half and half, grated guyere cheese, grated parmesan cheese
- Mexi-Quiche – southwest style hash browns, diced bell peppers, chopped red onion, eggs, milk, half and half, grated queso blanco