Make a Trader Joe’s favorite at home with this easy Holiday Hash copycat recipe! With ideas and tips for using it, you’ll be able to enjoy this tasty vegetable medley in all of your fall meals.
One of the things I love most about Trader Joe’s is their seasonal products. Every season feels more special when I go into TJ’s and find wonderful items made with seasonal ingredients.
This time of year is extra exciting. Trader Joe’s has so many holiday items that are tasty, fun, and versatile. One of those items is the Holiday Hash.
Trader Joe’s Holiday Hash is a seasonal favorite for good reason! It is a delicious vegetable medley of fall and winter veggies that is perfect for fall and holiday dishes.
Of course, like any prepackaged food item, Holiday Hash can be pricey and create excess waste. Not only that, but it can be hard to get! Fortunately, we can make Holiday Hash at home very easily.
What is Holiday Hash?
Holiday Hash is a highly anticipated and sought-after seasonal item from Trader Joe’s. It is a chopped and packaged vegetable medley consisting of butternut squash, sweet potatoes, red onions, celery, and fresh herbs.
Holiday Hash is a delicious and convenient way to add some fresh veggies to meals. Because the vegetables are already washed, peeled, and chopped, it is a fantastic ingredient for easy meals.
Why Make Your Own Holiday Hash?
While purchasing Holiday Hash is very convenient and easy, it’s not always an option.
First, Holiday Hash is a seasonal item, only available around October through December. Outside of that window, Holiday Hash is not for sale.
Prepackaged foods also carry a heavy price tag. Purchasing whole vegetables and preparing them yourself is a much more cost-effective option than purchasing prepackaged veggies such as Holiday Hash.
Lastly, Trader Joe’s is not available everywhere. Many areas do not have these small, specialty grocery stores.
If you find yourself unable to get Holiday Hash or unwilling to spend the money, there is another option. Making your own Holiday Hash is incredibly easy and cost-effective. Best of all, you can customize it as you desire!
How to Make Your Own Holiday Hash
Holiday Hash is amazingly simple to make! No need to purchase it in a package anymore, you can just make a big batch to have for a variety of meals. Here’s how to do it:
Peel the squash and sweet potato. This is probably the most challenging part because both vegetables can have very tough, thick skin. I like to use a regular vegetable peeler, but you can also use a paring knife. You may find it easier to peel the butternut squash if you cut it in half first.
Cube the vegetables. Next, you will need to dice the squash, sweet potato, celery, and onion. It’s best to dice the squash and sweet potato very small (½-1 centimeter wide) and the celery and onion a little bigger (1-2 centimeters wide). Cutting the veggies this way ensures they cook evenly because celery and onion cook more quickly than the other vegetables.
to mince them. The store-bought Holiday Hash has very fine pieces of herbs, so mince them as small as you can.
Combine the hash. Lastly, you’ll need to combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir well.
Use the hash. To enjoy your veggie hash, saute it with a little olive oil and use it in soups, rice dishes, grain bowls, salads, and more!
How to Cook Holiday Hash from Trader Joe’s
Cooking Holiday Hash is quite simple and easy! The vegetables are diced very small, allowing the cooking time to be relatively short. There are a few ways to cook Holiday Hash:
Saute it. Add a bit of oil to a hot pan and saute the Holiday Hash over medium-high heat until all of the veggies are soft. This will take roughly 6-8 minutes.
Roast it. Toss the Holiday Hash in a light coating of oil and roast it on a sheet pan in the oven at 400 degrees F. This should take around 20-30 minutes.
Uses for Holiday Hash
Holiday Hash is the perfect way to add veggies to a meal without a lot of effort. There is truly no limit to the ways you can use Holiday Hash, but I have a few ideas!
Make Delicious Soups
Saute the Holiday Hash in a little bit of oil in a large soup pot. Once the onions have softened, add vegetable broth, a protein of choice, additional vegetables if you wish, and anything else you’d like.
You can add noodles, beans, heavy cream, canned tomatoes, and anything else that sounds good! Simmer the vegetable soup until everything is soft and you will have an easy and healthy dinner. Holiday Hash is also a great addition to homemade Autumnal Harvest Soup!
Make Roasted Veggie Salads
Saute the Holiday Hash or roast it in the oven until the sweet potatoes and squash are soft. Add the roasted hash to shaved Brussels sprouts or make a kale salad. Top it with cheese, nuts, and a simple vinaigrette. Toss the salad and enjoy this nutritious dish as a meal or side dish!
Add it to Grain Bowls or Rice Dishes
Add the sautéed or roasted Holiday Hash in a grain bowl. On top of a serving of your choice of grains (quinoa, brown rice, barley, etc.), scoop some cooked Holiday Hash, protein, and additional vegetables that you have on hand. Drizzle a simple sauce over it, such as basil pesto, tzatziki, or vinaigrette and you have a complete meal in no time.
Serve with Eggs
This holiday vegetable hash is great with eggs! You can saute it with some scrambled eggs to make a veggie scramble, cook it into a quiche, or use it as the filling for an omelet. Holiday Hash is a super simple way to get some vegetables in first thing in the morning!
Use it to Make Stuffing
Holiday Hash is the perfect base for holiday stuffing because it has the veggies and herbs already in it! Sauté the Holiday Hash, then add the dried bread and vegetable broth. Bake the stuffing as you would any other recipe. This tastes especially great in cornbread stuffing!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is in Holiday Hash from Trader Joe’s?
Trader Joe’s Holiday Hash is a blend of sweet potatoes, butternut squash, red onion, celery, rosemary, sage, and parsley.
Do you have to cook Holiday Hash?
Yes, I would strongly encourage you to cook the Holiday Hash. Neither sweet potatoes nor butternut squash taste very good when raw and they are very difficult to chew. Holiday Hash can be sauteed or roasted in just a few minutes.
How long does Holiday Hash last?
Holiday Hash is best stored in the fridge in an airtight container. It should last about a week but check it frequently for mold or unpleasant odors. The shelf life can depend on how long it was in the store before you purchased it.
Can I freeze Holiday Hash?
Yes, just like you can freeze mirepoix, Holiday Hash can be frozen to preserve it! Freeze it for up to 6 months and use it straight from the freezer without thawing.