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 potato salad is a quick, easy meal.

And if you like potato salads, you’ll like mashed potato salads.  Use the same ingredients as you use for your regular potato salads.  It takes a little more dressing for mashed potatoes.  If your salad seems a little bland, give it a bit of a kick with extra vinegar, lemon juice, or horseradish.  Horseradish was a very nice touch.

Click here to learn how to make the best mashed potato salads.

Meal #2: Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

This is sort of like eggs, bacon, and hash browns.

You can mix mashed potatoes into your pancake batter or you can fry potatopatties and call them potato pancakes or anywhere inbetween. You’ll find lots of recipes online.Many of them add flour to the mashed potatoes; some add eggs.

These directions simply call for seasoned potatoes dredged in flour and fried in oil. If you are using leftover mashed potatoes, they will be seasoned. In our kitchen, we usually mash our potatoes with butter, sour cream, cream cheese, or a combination of these. This recipe will still work just fine.

Mashed Potato Pancake Patties

  • Take a quarter cup orso of mashed potatoes and form a patty ½-inch thick. Repeat with the rest of your potatoes. Set aside.
  • Heat a 1/4-cup of vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it is very hot.
  • Dredge the patties in flour until they are covered.
  • Place two or threepatties in the panat a time in hot oil. (Don’t put too many in the pan at once or cold potatoes will chill the oil. After two or three, let the heat recover before adding more.)
  • Cook them for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown and crusty. Turn them over and cook them for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove them from the hot oil and set them on paper towels. Serve them hot with more pepper and salt if needed and sour cream.

Meal #3: Shepherd’s Pie or Leftover Mashed Potato Casserole

There are lots of recipes online for various potato casseroles.  The most famous of the potato casseroles is 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 melted. Times will vary with the pan and size of the casserole. 

There you go, three ways to make a meal out of leftover mashed potatoes. These are good enough that you ought to make some extra potatoes this Sunday.

(Updated from September 13, 2017)

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