Have you heard potatoes are on sale at Ingles in NC for a low price of $2.98 this week? I always snag two bags to make multiple freezer sides. Mashed potatoes are freezer friendly, but you must re-heat extra hot to get the milk or cream to combine. Whole milk, cream cheese or a little heavy cream makes thawing less diluted.
My favorite make ahead potato sides…
I often batch cook potatoes in the microwave when I’m in a hurry. These taste like they’ve been in the oven because I wrap them in foil to steam. Your guests will never know.
24 Twice Baked Potatoes-I like to make twice baked potatoes while they’re warm and cool and freeze the skins for a cheesy side dish (see below). This is a real bang for your buck. I just ran out and it’s time to make a new batch! These can be reheated in the microwave. I prefer the smaller potatoes for quick reheating and they are the perfect size for kids.
Cheesy Potato Skins (leftovers from twice baked potatoes)
Hashbrowns from cold leftover potatoes are awesome at the campground.
I often bake as many potatoes as I can fit in the oven WHILE I’m baking something else-a casserole, cake or cookies or whatever’s on the menu. Then I cool them and place them in my fridge for hashbrowns within the next 3 to 5 days.
A baked potato bar is a fun, frugal menu. Here are some ideas for your toppings. We’ve served this at mission meal and it goes over well with chopped ham and cheese along with a big tossed salad and toasted garlic bread. It costs about $30-$35 to serve 40 people!
- shredded cheese or cheddar cheese sauce
- chopped cooked bacon
- browned ground beef with or without taco seasoning
- sliced green onions
- shredded lettuce
- black olives
- pickled jalapenos
How much does a 10# bag of potatoes on sale cost in your area? What are your favorite potato sides?