You simply add hot water to the carton and let them sit 10 minutes and voila! you have plump shredded fresh-like potatoes from a pantry item.
You can throw them in a frying pan and have browned crunchy yummy potatoes by themselves. OR. You can use them as an ingredient. (Note: you get 8 cartons in a package for less than $7)
I saw this recipe over at the Pioneer Woman a few weeks ago. It sounded like a great base for some experimenting. You could use bacon or ham instead of sausage if you so desired.
Potato Egg Casserole:
6 cups shredded potatoes (2 pkg rehydrated hashbrowns or use frozen or fresh)
1/2 cup onion, diced fine
1 red pepper, diced fine
2 Tblsolive oil/butter
1 lb bulk sausage (I went the frugal route and made one pattie per person....add more it you want)
1 1/2 dozen eggs (2 per person), beaten
2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp thyme
salt & pepper to taste
Form patties with the sausage and cook until done. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil until soft. Grease a 9 X 13 pan. Combine the onion, pepper and potatoes and put in the bottom of the prepared pan. Place the patties evenly over the potatoes. In a large bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Make sure the eggs are well beaten, it's a lot of eggs and you don't want an errant yolk remaining whole. Pour over the sausage layer and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until done. Serve with salsa, ketchup or bbq sauce if desired.