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10 Totally Versatile Recipes to Use Up Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Recipes to Use Up Leftover Mashed Potatoes
Did you go a little overboard with the mash? Don't let the leftovers get you down! Want a cure? Use these yummy ways to spruce up the spare spud, and save some coin.
Ruchita Kapadia
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017
Potato Pancakes/ Jewish Latkes
Potato Pancakes
Easy as pie, this short and simple way of using up mash is a real Hanukkah breakfast treat.
1. Mix the leftover mash, eggs, flour, salt, pepper, and any optional ingredients together.
2. Preheat the skillet and add some form of fat (oil/butter/margarine).
3. Make sure the mixture is not too thin for a sumptuous pancake.
4. Pour ¼ cup batter into a hot pan; let it cook through on both sides.

Latkes or potato pancakes pair well with a range of sauces, from chipotle to dill, and even apple.
Spice it up!
You can get creative with the mash itself before using it up in recipes, try adding scallions, capers or whatever else tickles your taste buds. Kale (for a rustic Irish colcannon), Curry leaves (for a spicy Indian twist), perhaps even nutmeg and cinnamon! Depending on your gastronomic inclination, the mash is a blank canvas, go crazy!
Aloo ka Paratha (Stuffed Indian Flatbreads)
Aloo Paratha Homemade Indian bread
Try this spicy Indian flatbread with the leftover curry in your fridge or just some plain yogurt. Indian preserves ('achaars') go well with parathas as well.
Directions (Aloo ka Paratha/Stuffed Indian Flatbreads)
Aloo Paratha Directions
1. Add some chopped chili, garam masala, roasted garlic, chopped red onion, chopped cilantro, and salt/pepper to the mashed potato.
2. Knead or purchase some dough and form into little cups.
3. Place the spicy potato mix into the dough cups and form into little dumplings.
4. Gently roll the dumplings into circular pancake-like disks, taking care to not break the dough covering.
5. Place the disks onto the heated skillet and cook in butter/ghee till a gorgeous golden brown.
1. Mix together the mash with flour in a 2:1 ratio. Add an egg and seasoning to taste.
You can even add some Ricotta or Parmigano-Reggiano.
2. Place the dough on a surface that has been well dusted with flour, and divide into 3 sections.
3. Roll sections into long sausages and cut each sausage into several 1" pieces.
4.Place the gnocchi into a large pan of boiling water; when they rise to the top, remove them from the pan and serve with your sauce/protein of choice!
Irish Fadge/Potato Bread
Potato Bread
Use this yummy bread to make open top sandwiches or for a delicious full Irish!
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Mix the cold mashed potatoes with 1 tsp baking powder, 4 oz flour, milk, 1 oz butter, salt, and an egg.
3. Roll out the dough onto a well-floured surface until around ½ an inch thick.
4. Cut into shapes of your choice and place onto a greased baking sheet.
5. Pop into the oven for 15 minutes or until they are golden and risen.
Spiced Chocolate Potato Cake
Chocolate Cake
1. Preheat the oven at 350°F.
2. Whisk together 10 tbsp of butter, 1 cup of sugar, and 4 egg yolks, until light and fluffy.
3. Add the mashed potato and mix.
4. In another bowl, mix together 1½ cups of flour, 2 tsp of baking powder, ½ a cup of cocoa, 1 tsp of each, ground nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, and a cup of milk.
5. Add the spice mix to the batter.
6. Pour into a greased baking tin, and pop into the preheated oven for 45 min.

You can garnish this aromatic spuddy dessert with candied orange or frosting.
Shepherd's Pie
Shepherd's Pie
Use this yummy bread to make open top sandwiches or for a delicious full Irish!
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Finely dice some carrots and green beans, and mix with some corn and peas.
3. Brown 1lb ground beef in a skillet and drain the juices.
4. Combine 4 oz of cream cheese, I cup shredded cheddar cheese, 3 cloves of garlic (minced), and the leftover mashed potato, and thoroughly mix.
5. Mix the veggies with the meat and a cup of gravy, and spoon into a pan.
6. Layer the creamy cheesy potato mixture on top, and bake for 20 min.
Dips from Around the World
Chips and Dip
A clever way to use up leftover mash is to have a platter of dips. Not your average cream cheese or sour cream, these exotic potato dips will satisfy your epicure, your glutton, and of course your gluttonous epicure. One journey around this platter, and you can sample the flavors of the world whilst sitting and watching the game on your couch.
Skordalia, Greece
This pungent potato dip is a worthy competitor to the popular hummus.
1. Combine 7-8 cloves of garlic, ½ a cup of olive oil, and salt in a food processor.
2. Add this potent garlic sauce to your leftover mashed potato, and mix.
3. Gradually add another ½ cup of olive oil, continuing to mix until the oil is absorbed.
4. Add red wine vinegar to taste.
5. Garnish with a little parsley
Irio, Kenya
1. Heat some oil or butter in a skillet and sweat some red onions, add some garlic, salt and pepper to taste, paprika, and hot sauce.
2. Let it simmer for a bit.
3. Mix together leftover mash with peas, fresh parley, corn, diced carrots, and the onion-garlic base.
4. Serve warm with Kenyan style chapatis.
Lao Nai Yang Yu, China
Lao Nai Yang Yu
This spicy oriental style of using up your leftover mash is best employed when it's lumpy.
1. Add some peanut oil to a hot wok quickly followed by garlic cloves, chilies, green onion, fennel, chili paste, and stir fry till the ingredients are golden.
2. Add the leftover mash to this aromatic spice mix, and stir fry till the potatoes have taken on the color of the spices.
4. Serve this with kale or regular chips.
So, sample these recipes to use up the leftover mashed potatoes and you might even find yourself making mash specifically for these singularly scrumptious spud infused treats.