20 Delicious Ideas for Leftover Mashed Potatoes
You can always eat leftover mashed potatoes straight from the fridge, use them as a topping for shepherd's pie, or thin them out with chicken broth and simmer with sautéed leeks, thyme, and a splash of white wine for soup. Or you can make one of these delicious recipes. It's a win either way.
Remember that proper storage is key: always use an airtight container and keep them on the highest shelf in your refrigerator. You can store them (and other leftovers) for up to four days. When reheating, add a bit more milk and a pat of butter to preserve their creamy texture.
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Spinach and Garlic Potato Patties
These super savory spinach-stuffed leftover mashed potato patties are not only great at dinner, but can be topped with a poached or fried egg for breakfast, paired with a turkey burger at lunch, or even make a great finger-food appetizer if friends are coming over.
Cheesy Mashed Potato Egg Skillet Casserole
Mashed Potato Doughnuts
Mini Shepherd’s Pot Pies
You need a little time to allow the yeast to do its work here, but these fluffy, golden-brown orbs of bready deliciousness are worth the wait. A round cake pan is suggested for baking these up, but a handy-dandy cast iron pan works just as well.
Leftover Mashed Potato Cheese Soup
Twice Baked Potatoes Using Leftover Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potato and Mushroom Quesadilla
Potato Cakes From Leftover Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potato Waffles
Leftover Mashed Potato Puffs
This recipe employs all the fun bits of a stuffed potato—cheese, sour cream, chives—but without the messy scraping out of potato skins. These easy puffs go right into a nonstick muffin pan and are a quick and easy side dish with little prep time and a lot of flavorful reward!
Mashed Potato Gnocchi
Loaded Mashed Potato Crunch
These clever, crunchy handheld slices of leftover mashed potato goodness are half potato pancake, half potato pizza. The recipe calls for cheddar, but you can use whatever you have on hand—try mozzarella cheese, gouda, goat, or even feta.
Mashed Potato Pancakes
Loaded Mashed Potato Balls
Golden and crispy outside, plush and cheese-flecked inside, these mashed potato balls makes a great appetizer or fun side dish. The panko bread crumb coating adds a nice gentle crunch. No bacon? Skip it altogether—or use up other leftovers like sandwich meat (ham, for instance!) or Italian sausage.
Mashed Potato Egg Casserole
Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Muffins
Mashed Potato Fries
Loaded Mashed Potato Egg Rolls
While you can certainly go with traditional mashed potato matching flavors (cheddar, chives, etc.) with this super cool rethink of egg rolls, we say let your culinary creativity run amok. Typical Indian spices and ingredients, like curry, onion, spinach, and fennel seed, work particularly well here.