Leftover Mashed Potatoes

United States
March 13, 2007 12:44am CST
I have always been one to use leftovers in some form or fashion that is good, and tastes different from the meal we had the day before, but for the life of me I cannot think of a way to reuse leftover mashed potatoes. I don't like to waste food, but past attempts at reincoperating mashed potatoes into a new dish have resulted in a rather distasteful failure and have left people gagging (no need to say more..lol). Any and all tips are welcome. Even if it sounds odd I am one to try something new at least once.
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31 responses
• United States
13 Mar 07
You can fry them up and make potato pancakes. Or you could brown some ground beef and onions and seasonings and put the mashed potatoes on top and stick the whole thing in the oven to brown the top for a shepherd's pie type dish.
• United States
13 Mar 07
Try making a shepherd's pie. Brown a pound of ground beef (I use turkey b/c I don't eat red meat), mix in some gravy and assorted veggies (I use a bag of mixed peas, carrots, corn, and green beans). Put it in a casserole dish, top with mashed potatoes and some shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees (F) until the cheese is melted. It's quick and easy, and you can add whatever spices you want to give it flavor. I like garlic, some salt and pepper, and a little bit of red pepper flakes or chili powder to make it a bit spicey. Hope this helps!
• Philippines
13 Mar 07
i will try this also, thanks for this recipe, I also love potato recipes
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• United States
13 Mar 07
I love turkey and chicken. I will definately have to try those recipes. Everyone had some yummy choices. I have printed out this entire discussions just so I can have ideas for tonight and any other night that mashed potatoes may be leftover from. Thanks for the replys.
• United States
13 Mar 07
Well I have a recipe for you but you might think it sounds 'off' but really, it's my husband and son's favorite and high on my list as well. Give it a try, you might be surprised! I make mashed potatoes just to make this dish. Potato Tacos Ingredients: Mashed Potatoes Corn Tortillas Mexican "Ranchero" Cheese Shredded Lettuce Diced Tomatoes Sour Cream (if you want) Hot sauce (our favorite is "Tapatio" Brand) Oil Directions: Put a stack of about a dozen tortillas, wrapped some paper towels, into the microwave and heat for about 2 minutes. Remove. Place a spoon or two of mashed potatoes in each tortilla and fold like a taco. Heat Oil in a Skillet on Medium. Fry tacos on both sides until nice and crispy. Remove and place on paper towel lined plate. As soon as you remove them and while they are still hot, place a slice of the Mexican cheese into each taco so it can slightly melt from the heat. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and hot sauce. Enjoy! My son and husband could eat these every day if I would make them. They request them almost every week. I love them as well but I'm strange and I like them after they have cooled down and sat for an hour or so - room temp. We never have left overs, on the nights when I make these tacos - you'll see each of us roaming into the kitchen to grab one that is left over. Very Tasty! Hope this helps!
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• United States
13 Mar 07
That is certainly different, but I or my family like to try new things, even if they turn out to be a disaster..lol I think I will make these tonight for dinner. The hubby is still going over the discussion since I printed it out and I'm trying to let him choose what he wants to try, but these tacos are sounding really yummy so I may win tonight...lol
@katty0004 (387)
• United States
14 Mar 07
I have to agree potatoe cakes is about the only thing I can think of for this , I know my mother in law has used them in potatoe salad so you might try that .
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• United States
13 Mar 07
I just came across this post and there have been some great answers (shepherd's pie--yum! and potato pancakes--yum!). When I have leftover mashed potatoes, they usually become chicken patties. This recipe is especially handy if you happen to have leftover chicken as well! In the original recipe, you cook and mash 8 oz of potatoes with 2 cloves of garlic and and add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, but you can use regular leftover potatoes (to which I'll add some cheese and garlic) The rest of the ingredients: 1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken (can use any meat, fish, ham) 1 egg, separated 2 tbsp chopped parsley 2 tsp lemon juice 3 tbsp bread crumbs 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese Oil To the mashed potatoes add the chicken, egg yolk, parsley and lemon juice. Beat egg white til stiff peaks form and fold into potato mixture. Form into patties. Mix bread crumbs and cheese; dredge patties in this and refrigerate for at least 1 hr. Cook patties in oil until golden brown.
@kurtbiewald (2629)
• United States
13 Mar 07
many many things you can do with em add alittle water and reheat em, some olive oil or garlic is good you could make eggs, add some ham or bacon or beef , then fry the spuds, like homefries but soft sometimes if you make a soup or stew put a thin layer on top of that maybe, maybe some cheese melted too, golden brown and buubbly (mozzarella, the cheap kind, not fresh)
@Kellrae (69)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Make potato patties. Add an egg, beaten, then flour till it's thick, like a soft dough. Add seasonings to taste, also. Now press into patties about half the size of a hamburger pattie. Fry in hot oil (only a little) until both sides are browned. You may die these green for St. Patrick's day.
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@JC1969 (1227)
• United States
13 Mar 07
When I have leftover mashed potato, I will reinvent it by making baked augratin potatoes with it. Lightly butter (or spray with cooking spray) an oven safe casserole pan. Smooth your leftover mashed potato into the pan. Top it with about a cup of grated Asiago Cheese (aged or young will do). Dot with pats of butter or lightly spray with cooking spray, then bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is a golden brown. Sometimes, I will even mix about a teaspoon and a half of freshly crushed garlic and a tablespoon of parsely into the mashed potato before smoothing it into the casserole pan. This is even something you can prepare as you are putting away your leftovers, so, it will be ready for the next meal.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I always just make potatoe pancakes. Here is the recipe I use. I always add the onion but sometimes I use dehydrated onion flakes instead. They soften up when you cook the pancakes. MASHED POTATO PANCAKES 2 c. cold mashed potatoes 1 egg, slightly beaten 1/4 c. butter 1/2 c. flour for dredging Salt & pepper to taste 1 sm. onion (optional) Mix the potatoes, onion and egg together and form into 4 fat patties or 6 lean patties. Heat the butter in a skillet, dredge the patties in flour and saute until golden on one side. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown, making sure the pancakes are heated thoroughly and the onion is soft.
@Bee1955 (3887)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Bee's Hot Dog Pie Preheat oven to 400F Butter or spray Pam around the insides of a square or oval (oblong) baking dish - glass or metal. Get 2 can regular cans or one tall can of beans (vegetarian for my house, but pork and beans to others)and dump in a mixing bowl. Add 2 teas yellow or brown mustard, 1/4 cup of ketchup, 1/4 cup of brown sugar (leave out for diabetics), and 1/4 cup of EITHER Karo dark syrup, pancake syrup OR molasses. Mix well. Chop into 1 inch pieces one package of your favorite hot dogs and add to beans, coat well. Pour mixture evenly into greased baking dish. Get out 2 cups or more of leftover mashed potatoes. Add a little milk or water or 2 teas melted butter and stir well to get them unstiff, but not watery. Pour on top of hot dog mixture in the dish and spread evenly on the surface. Make little waves or poofs to decorate. Melt 1/2 cup of butter and pour over the top of potatoes. You can add chopped or dried chives OR sliced black olives on top now. Put dish on pizza pan or cookie sheet and into oven on center rack for about one-half hour or until mixture appears to be bubbling around potatoes. Everyone will love it! Great for a potluck, too!
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@cutepenguin (6458)
• Canada
13 Mar 07
I fry them. They come out sort of like hash browns, and taste like any other fried potatoes.
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@Julia3269 (217)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes seems to be the preferred way to re-serve the leftovers. Many recipes can be found on the web with a search.
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@bkfuels (1606)
• Canada
13 Mar 07
mashed potato - Bowl of mashed potatoes
I love to fry up left over mashed potatoes, but I am the only one that seem to like them. If there is too many and I cannot eat them all I just throw them away. After all potatoes are very cheap I would rather my family enjoy their meal then I save a few cents.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
I to wish for my family to enjoy their meal, but sometimes we just have to make due with what we have since we have put ourselves on a strict budget, cause we are in need of a small vacation from work, and just to get out of the house.
@GardenGerty (91191)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Mar 07
Shepherd's Pie is good, look for a recipe online or in a cookbook. As a kid I loved what we called potato patties, mix egg and flour into potatos, make a small patty, fry it up, turning to brown on each side. I have also made "instant" potato soup. I heat the potatos with milk to a thin, soup like consisteny. Add a little sauted onion, celery. Cubed ham. Serve in a bowl, topped with a little grated cheese, your favorite bread on the side.
• United States
14 Mar 07
There's a little more to making potato pancakes than just "frying them up". Take your leftover mashed potatoes and if you have a cup or so, mix them with 2 eggs, about 2 tablespoons of flour and about a half cup of milk. Mix it well and drop by rounded tablespoons onto a hot griddle and flip over about every five minutes and they'll be nice and brown and yummy. You can add a little garlic or onion, bacon, grated cheese or whatever you have on hand for an extra special treat. I make pancakes and puffs out almost anything...even fruit. Becky
@cjthedog64 (1554)
• United States
14 Mar 07
I add a touch of milk and a few tablespoons of butter and microwave the potatoes. Then whip them up really well and add salt or more butter/milk until they're the right consistancy. I've even frozen leftover potatoes and reheated them for holidays. Nobody's ever noticed.
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• United States
14 Mar 07
I can think of a couple of tasty ways to use left over mashed potatoes. One way, my mother uses leftover potatoes (both mashed and baked),is for breakfast. She would heat up the potatoes, fry an egg and place it on top or at side of potatoes. Another dish that uses mashed potatoes is a sort of shepards pie casserole. It consists of cooked ground beef, green beans, corn, canned tomato soup all mixed together in roaster or deep dish. A couple of raw eggs are added to the mashed potatoes and then spread over meat and vegetables. Top with cheddar cheese and bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes. Hope this gives you some ideas that are easy and pleasing.
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• United States
14 Mar 07
try this pat mashed tatters out in aball flatten and and flour in hot lard greeas or oil and fry golden brown on ech side. also u can take a pie pan glass ones i like best put thats just a head thing with me greeas put your tatters in and make like a shell be neftie add like beef stew and top left over chickin, roast with corrits or try brocly and chees any left over works good if love cooking u know that you can find tast bud that fits you i also save some for thickning stews or chickin sopes.. also can just put in or on a cookie sheet and bake in oven to reheat say next to tv dinners never be a fread to try new things if your not good at gravys try store bought ones i always a cans of it on hand for quike fix gooood on top of reheated pottatos.. email me back and let me know how ya do tim,w treadway,tn
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• United States
14 Mar 07
i add the leftovers to homemade soups sometimes-like chicken soup/stew.thickens the soup and adds a nice taste to it.good alternative to flour thickening also.
@sweetee (423)
• Australia
14 Mar 07
you can put left over mashed potato on top of shepherds pie or even make vegetable patties with it..