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Published November 7th 2012
Don't stay home without them
So I know what you're thinking. How can anything packaged in cardboard, stored in a freezer, then heated in an oven even be anything remotely gourmet? Well if you haven't scoured the supermarket freezers lately, you may be in for a surprise. Or maybe I'm just easy to please.
Gone are the days of supermarkets only stocking things such as crimped chips and pot luck meat pies. Here are five tasty savoury snacks that I always keep in my freezer for when I'm too lazy to cook or just in case a friend drops in at that untimely moment when my fridge and pantry resembles a desert. Besides, it's always good to have a little comfort food on hand should you ever need it.
1. Coles mozzarella and pesto arancini (480g / $5)
Arancini are a popular Italian snack that are said to have originated in Sicily in the 10th century. Essentially they are fried rice balls coated with breadcrumbs, usually filled with ragu (meat sauce), tomato sauce, mozzarella, and/or peas. Coles brand arancini are made from a mixture of rice, stringy mozzarella and rich pesto, encased in a crunchy coating. I had a couple of somewhat apprehensive friends try them one day. Needless to say they're now converts. You get 12 servings per pack.
Another Coles brand product, these delicious meatballs are made with gristle-free mince and seasoned with Greek flavours like oregano. They even have a traditional char-grilled taste. I usually eat them with a generous serving of low-fat natural yoghurt and a side salad of finely diced tomato and onion. You get 16 servings per pack.
There's a reason why these pastries have now become a staple finger food. It's because they're so damn tasty and simple. Layers of flaky filo pastry envelop a smooth fetta cheese filling and are fashioned into triangle shaped bite-size snacks. I usually find ricotta cheese a little bland unless it's heavily seasoned or mixed with spinach, so I always choose the fetta variety. You get 12 servings per pack.
4. Balfours Red Thai chicken curry pies (440g / $4)
I personally don't know many people who can go past a good Thai curry. Fill a flaky pastry shell with a delicious curry and it's the ultimate snack when you don't feel like indulging a side of rice. The curry is pretty mild so you don't need to worry about it having a spicy kick. The black packaging is also quite modern, helping to position Balfours in the gourmet space over traditional meat pies. You get two servings per pack.
This is the best frozen potato product I've ever tasted. Imagine a potato marshmallow… creamy mashed potato piped into cute little swirl shapes, which bake up crisp on the outside and soft and gooey in the centre. They're definitely not as filling (or stodgy) as oven-baked chips and conveniently they're in a bright high-vis yellow packet so you can't miss them!
Now before the nutrition police hold a protest, I know these aren't the healthiest meals and I'm not claiming they are. But every now and then we all need to live a little, right? As with all things, moderation is key.
If you've unearthed any frozen treats, be they savoury or sweet, that you'd like to share, please post a comment.