I recently found 5-pound bags of organic potatoes on sale for .99 each, so of course I had to buy two. However, since organic potatoes are not sprayed with a sprout inhibitor, I was confronted with about seven pounds of sprouting potatoes only about a week later.
You know I try very hard not to throw food away and yet I don’t want to eat potatoes for the next week, either. I’m thinking I’m not the only person ever faced with this problem, right? I did a little research and came up with a number of ways to use these potatoes before they become shriveled and inedible, which I thought I’d share with you (and because I’ve always wanted to have a picture of sprouted potatoes on my blog…),
So grab your potatoes and choose one of these ideas – after you’ve washed them and cut off all the sprouts, that is (by the way – these all work for regular potatoes, except for the last idea – then you’d actually want to wait until they sprouted!).
Seven Things To Do With Sprouted Potatoes
- Make Twice Baked Potatoes and freeze for later (to freeze: after stuffing, but before the second baking, lay them on a cookie sheet and freeze completely; transfer to freezer, removing as much air as possible, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and bake as normal).
- Bake, grate, and freeze as Freezer Hash Browns. I love this so much – I’ve just done without hash browns for years because I didn’t want all the extra ingredients that come with store-bought. My family is really enjoying these again and it’s very convenient.
- Bake, cut, and freeze for Freezer Home Fries. This is a variation of the grated recipe in #2, except you just chop the potatoes to freeze and when you’re ready to eat, just cook them with butter, onions, and peppers.
- Boil, make mashed potatoes and freeze for later (the make-ahead mashed potato recipe with cream cheese seems to work best for freezing).
- Add some of the potatoes to a slow cooker and make Baked Potato Soup for dinner.
- Or save a few of the baked potatoes for tomorrow’s breakfast and make these awesome looking Egg-Stuffed Baked Potatoes for breakfast.
- Of course, if it’s potato-planting time where you live, you could always plant them in the the ground (if you haven’t grown potatoes before, make sure to check out my easy potato planting method).
How do you like to use up potatoes?