Three Ways to Make a Meal Out of Your Leftover Mashed Potatoes

‘Tis the season for mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving and the holidays bring in the beloved mashed potatoes with all those family gatherings, but that also means lots of leftovers. So, what do you do with all your leftover mashed potatoes? Make a quick meal out of them. After all, most of the work is already done. Meal #1: Leftover Mashed Potato Salad and Grilled Cheese It doesn’t have to be a grilled cheese sandwich. Any sandwich will do. Mashed potato salads are super quick and easy, not much more than stirring in mayonnaise and condiments. So, a sandwich and a mashed …

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Storing and Freezing Piroshki

You can make piroshki ahead of time and store them before baking in either the refrigerator or freezer.  You can also refrigerate or freeze leftovers piroshki and reheat them when you’re ready to enjoy them again.  Here’s how: How to Do Make-Ahead Piroshki To do make-ahead piroshki, follow the recipe filling the piroshki and sealing the seam.  Instead of baking the piroshki, store them tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three weeks. Use this as a base recipe for your make-ahead piroshki. When you get ready to bake your …

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How To Make Easy Calzones, Piroshki, and Pocket Sandwiches

I know. The neighbor needed help. The doctor took forever. And the kids are crying. You just want to get them fed and move on.And you certainly don’t feel like cooking. Here’s a simple solution. Call them pocket sandwiches, pizza pockets, calzones, or piroshkis… they’re a great way to rescue a busy day. They’re great for picnics and school lunches, too. You can even make breakfast pockets for those busy mornings. This Saturday morning, make a bunch of pocket sandwiches and throw them in the freezer. They don’t have to be extravagant. My daughter, Debbie, loads them with cubed cheese …

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Mashed Potato Salads and How to Make Them

Mashed potato salads are a fun change of pace from the ordinary. But they are no better than your mashed potatoes. It has taken me years to figure this out but a potato ricer makes better mashed potatoes. See my buyer’s guide for potato ricers.” Dennis Weaver We started out looking for unusual potato salads to make. We stumbled upon a recipe for mashed potato salad, something we had never heard of. It was good. So we started reviewing recipes and experimenting. Here you’ll learn how to make mashed potato salad, how to convert your favorite potato salad recipe to …

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What Do I Do With My Leftover Pancake Batter?

Get FREE Pancake Syrup! Add it to cart and use code “ZSYR” at checkout. I’m not very good at guessing how much pancake batter I’m going to need for the crew on any given morning. If I guess and made too much, it’s not a big deal—if I’m using a mix. With most mixes, all I do is add water and stir; it’s easier to toss out. But if you’re using a recipe, it is a bigger deal. If you have a recipe or mix that takes 20 minutes prep time or more interesting ingredients (like our favorite Raspberry Sour …

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Easy Meal: How to Make a Shepherd’s Pie

There are lots of recipes online for various potato casseroles.  The most famous of the potato casseroles may be a Shepherd’s Pie.  It’s a great way to use those leftover potatoes. Here’s how to make a Shepherd’s Pie: Sauté ground meat and onions in a heavy, oven-proof skillet.  Season to taste. Add a can of stewed tomatoes, leftover gravy, or make a new gravy in the pan. Add some veggies.  Green beans or corn are typical. Cover with mashed potatoes.  Top with grated cheese and a sprinkle of paprika. Bake at 350 degrees until heated through and the cheese is …

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