Katie Workman has quickly become one of my favorite cookbook authors/cooks. Everything she makes is absolutely delicious! Earlier this week she was kind enough to join me for an interview to dish on her must have holiday mealtime hacks and how you can make cost effective holiday recipes with amazing items from your favorite grocery store’s freezer aisle and dairy aisle too.
Candace Rose: How can we make the holiday season easy on ourselves?
Katie Workman: “One of the things to start with is that I am a big fan of a well-stocked fridge and a well stocked freezer. People talk about a well-stocked pantry, but a well-stocked freezer is so important. There are so many great products out there in the refrigerated dairy aisles and the freezer aisles, that you should just go exploring.
One of the things that I love starting off at breakfast is puff pastry sheets. It’s so versatile! They’re so convenient. You can make appetizers with them, a vegetable tart or a fruit tart for dessert. Here we have beautiful breakfast tarts that looks like it came from a bakery. All they are is these great sheets of puff pastry with some sauteed spinach and onions on them, some shredded cheese from the dairy case and some crumbled bacon, and of course your eggs. These are beautiful for a breakfast buffet, lovely for that special holiday breakfast that you have with your family.
Pizza: The cheese pizza (as seen in the video above) is made from a rising crust, but we’re customizing it a bit. We love the rising crust, and we’ve added some spinach and onions because that’s our family’s favorite vegetable combo. Wander down that freezer aisle and get some culinary inspiration and take your kids because kids of course are so much more likely to try something they’ve had a hand in making, so letting them pick the toppings means they’re much more likely to give something a try.”
Candace Rose: The holidays are always filled with sweet treats. What can we do about dessert?
Katie Workman: “We love desserts, especially during the holidays. This year I’m very much about the frozen pie. I love the blueberry pie, but also very berry, apple, sweet potato, pumpkin. One of the things that you can do is customize your pie again by putting out a yogurt topping bar with strawberries, lemon, vanilla. These are the flavors we picked that we thought would go wonderfully with blueberry and everyone has loved them. You can just mix and match different flavors of yogurt to your pie.
Frozen pies are so economical and so fresh. The fruit has been picked and frozen at the peak of ripeness, so you’re getting an amazing quality product at a really great price.
These are just some ways that you can explore the freezer aisle and the dairy aisle and make life a little bit easier on yourself over the holidays.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Katie Workman: “One of the things that I especially look to over the holidays in the freezer aisle is appetizers. Pigs in a blanket, everybody loves those. You can never go wrong with them, and also some cute individually portioned appetizers. People love finger foods at the cocktail parties, and dumplings are also something I always have on hand. It’s such a great appetizer, really quick to prepare. It’s delicious and can stay in the freezer for months upon months until you’re ready to use them.”
Candace Rose: Everything sounds amazing, Katie. Where can we go for more information?
Katie Workman: “There’s a lot more recipes and many more tips on EasyHomeMeals.com.”