19 Things to Do With Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Get Creative With Those Spuds

Crispy potato patties

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Let's face it: Not everyone loves to eat leftovers reheated in their original form. After a big family get-together or holiday, you may find yourself with a vat of leftover mashed potatoes and diners resistant to enjoying them as is. That's where these delicious recipes come in. Turn those leftover mashed potatoes into soups, patties, doughnuts, and more. No one will turn up their noses at leftovers again.

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    Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings

    Polish mashed potatoes dumplings

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    These mashed potato dumplings, or kopytka, are called “little hooves” in Polish because they come out shaped just so. They taste very similar to Italian gnocchi and taste great with buttered breadcrumbs or extra pan sauce. For the best results, use mashed potatoes that don't include butter or milk.

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    Crispy Potato Patties

    Crispy potato patties

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    Form those leftovers into crispy potato patties. Adding Parmesan cheese creates a nutty, creamy, cheesy side dish for meatloaf, steak, or any other protein. They also work great as a breakfast dish or snack. You can even sneak in some extra grated veggies or mashed cauliflower for added nutrients, and no one will know the difference.

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    Traditional Bubble and Squeak

    Bubble and Squeak

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    Mashed potatoes are the "glue" that holds together a British favorite. Bubble and squeak is a fantastic way to use up any leftover veggies, and it comes together quickly in a frying pan. Serve it as a lunch or dinner main, as a side, or form smaller patties if you like. There are no rules, just a basic technique and formula to follow.

  • 04 of 19

    Leftover Turkey Empanadas

    Leftover Turkey Empanadas

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    Turkey empanadas are a unique way to use up all the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner. The handheld pies start with packaged pie crust, which you can fill with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, dressing, and a few seasonings. Serve warm with cranberry sauce, and a yummy bite is ready to share.

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  • 05 of 19

    Stuffing Waffle Grilled Cheese

    Stuffing waffle grilled cheese

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    Grab your waffle iron and make waffles out of stuffing for this unique and super-filling sandwich. Fill it with leftover mashed potatoes, your favorite cheese, and cranberry jelly. If you don't have leftover stuffing, make a fresh box, or use regular bread for a slightly different taste.

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    Easy Potato Bread

    Easy Potato Bread

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    This moist, tender potato bread tastes amazing. It works great as a side for roast pork or to soak up gravy but also makes perfect grilled cheese or sandwich bread. The bread also freezes well, so make two loaves to have one on hand for later or to give away as a gift.

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    Cheddar Mashed Potato and Ham Bake

    Mashed Potato and Ham Bake with Cheddar Cheese

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    If you also have leftover ham, this hearty casserole makes a great next-day dinner. Diced ham, veggies, cheddar cheese, and leftover potatoes come together in a filling casserole that can adapt to whatever you have on hand. Substitute the ham for chicken or turkey, add a bag of frozen vegetables, or switch out the cheese for a different take.

  • 08 of 19

    Vegan Mashed Potato Patties With Swiss Chard

    Vegan Mashed Potato Patties With Swiss Chard

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    Nutrient-packed Swiss chard gives these potato patties extra nutrition, as well as a green, pleasantly bitter taste. The vegetarian and vegan patties can go gluten free if you use an alternate flour. They also freeze well, so go ahead and make a big batch.

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  • 09 of 19

    Day After Thanksgiving Burrito

    Thanksgiving leftovers burrito recipe

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    Mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce wrapped up in a tortilla make an amazing day-after burrito. Try it for a hearty brunch that makes the most of your leftover Thanksgiving ingredients without tasting like the same old thing all over again.

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    Traditional Colcannon

    Traditional Colcannon

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    Make colcannon by adding shredded cabbage and onion to your leftover mashed potatoes. The recipe's traditional Irish flavor will disguise them as an entirely new dish. Sprinkle a little hot sauce on top to give it extra zing, or serve it with sausages for a take on bangers and mash.

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    Mashed Potato Doughnuts

    Mashed Sweet Potato Doughnuts

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    Oddly enough, mashed potatoes make excellent doughnuts. They produce a lovely, tender dough that tastes great when rolled in cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar. Use plain mashed potatoes that don’t have any butter, oil, or other spices to ensure the doughnuts don't come out with a funny flavor.

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    Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza

    Leftover Thanksgiving turkey pizza

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    Sick of casseroles? Make this interesting pizza with your leftover turkey and mashed potatoes instead. Add some bacon, sour cream, and cheeses for a zesty presentation that will disguise the holiday excess entirely. Mix up the flavors by using different cheeses or adding alternate spices.

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  • 13 of 19

    Turkey and Mashed Potato Croquettes

    Turkey and mashed potato croquettes

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    Pull out the leftover turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and even gravy for these tasty croquettes. It can easily clear the fridge after the big meal. Serve them with the gravy or cranberry sauce for dipping. You can even freeze them for later use if your family needs a little break from Thanksgiving flavors.

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    Scottish Tattie Scones

    Scottish Tattie Scones

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    A quick way to use up an abundance of mashed potatoes is to make tattie scones. This traditional Scottish recipe makes an excellent breakfast when paired with sausage and bread. The potato pancakes require just a few common ingredients and work best with dry mashed potatoes.

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    Pork and Mashed Potato Casserole

    Pork and Mashed Potato Casserole

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    Reimagine last night's dinner with this tasty and filling casserole that uses both leftover mashed potatoes and roast pork. Just add a bag of frozen peas and carrots or mixed vegetables, some extra seasoning, and maybe some shredded cheese, and you have an exciting new meal.

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    Classic Pork or Lamb Shepherd's Pie

    Shepherd's Pie
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    Traditional shepherd's pie uses lamb for the protein; beef or pork versions are technically cottage pie. Whatever you call it and whichever protein you use, this delicious one-dish meal turns leftover mashed potatoes into a fluffy, slightly crispy topping. Brown up some ground beef if you don't have any leftover pork or lamb on hand.

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    Vegan Breakfast Potato Patties

    Latkes with garnishes and dressing
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    For a vegan breakfast, try fried potato patties. They're crispy and surprisingly simple. The recipe uses a vegan egg replacer and flour along with mashed potatoes, and it's ready in just 20 minutes. Serve with applesauce for a classic presentation.

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    Lentil Shepherd's Pie

    Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie
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    Using lentils and soy milk instead of meat and cow's milk makes this vegan alternative to shepherd's pie a lighter dish. It tastes just as delicious as the traditional version, and you can make it heartier by using tofu or seitan.

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    Scottish Cullen Skink

    Scottish Cullen Skink

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    An interesting soup recipe, Cullen skink is a creamy and comforting dish that features smoked haddock and mashed potatoes. It takes just 30 minutes to prepare the thick and flavorful soup, and it makes a complete meal with crusty bread.