20 January 2013

{recipe} make ahead roasted potatoes

Every time I have a recipe that calls for potatoes, I always grab a five pound bag because it is so much cheaper than buying them individually. But then the purpose is totally defeated when I let those potatoes rot in the closet. After doing that about a hundred times, I decided to try a little experiment.
And it worked! 

I decided to cut up the remaining four pounds of potatoes sitting on my counter, roast them, flash freeze them, and save them for later. It totally worked, and they are perfect reheated! Here's how you do it.

Wash your potatoes and cut them into bite sized pieces.

Line a cookie sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.
Spread out your potatoes and spray them as well.
Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and roast them at 400 for about 20 minutes, until tender and a little golden.
Allow them to cool completely. (Don't miss that step!)
Stick the cookie sheet right into freezer so the potatoes can freeze without sticking together. Once they're frozen solid (after an hour or two), divide them into airtight plastic containers and stick them in your freezer until you're ready to use. 
Easy peasy!

When you're ready to use them, preheat your oven to 425.
Coat another foil lined cookie sheet with cooking spray and spread the potatoes out evenly.
Bake them for about 12-15 minutes.

And voila! Perfectly roasted, crispy on the outside, soft as can be on the inside - perfect as a side, part of a scramble, whatever potato lovin' dish you're craving. 

Plus, you'll have potatoes lickety split without the prep and mess and waiting. 
My life is changed forever.


  1. Girl, you have now changed my life as well. Glory hallelujah.

  2. This is awesome! The 10lb bags are usually cheaper than the smaller bags, but we NEVER use all of the potatoes by the time they get squishy. How long do you think they're good for in the freezer?

    1. I'd say 3 months in a regular freezer and maybe six in a deep?

  3. Simply amazing. I'm going to try with sweet potatoes too! What a smarty :)

  4. Mine too! Thanks for coming back with the success report (I saw the pictures of the first step on IG). :) I will most DEFINITELY being doing this. We love oven roasted potatoes, but they are kind of a bother to fix some nights.

  5. Brilliant!!! Thanks for sharing. =)

  6. awesome...i always end up throwing out old potatoes...gonna do this next time!

  7. Is there anything finer than salted baked potatoes? Um... I believe you my friend have landed upon what's finer. To just zap those babies up and manga manga, that's what's finer! Yummers~
    Just checking in on you, saying hello.

  8. You are a genius!!!!!! Great idea, thank you!
    I have let many a potato rot in my pantry.

  9. Hi, I'd like to try this recipe but I have a question.
    One night a week I cook for my family to give them a break from cooking while they're working and endlessly carting the kids around.
    The problem is we eat pretty late and I have a couple of kids who's ETA changes weekly because of work, so I never know. When they all get here, a miracle in itself, I have to get dinner on the table right away because the kid's, kids have school the next day . if I leave the 'tatoes in a warm oven will the get wooshy and limp?

    Thanks, Ditzy