January 20, 2017

Next time you're mashing up a big batch of the ultimate comfort food, mashed potatoes, consider doubling the recipe. Those leftover 'taters can be used to make some seriously tasty (and sometimes surprising) dishes - from pierogi to peppermint patties, quesadillas, and waffles.

Pro tip: If you want to make mashed potatoes that are tasty re-heated the next day, plan on adding a bit of extra fat to the mix. These Day Before Mashed Potatoes are fortified with cream cheese and sour cream (along with the usual butter) to keep them extra moist and as tasty reheated as the first day they were made.

Mashed-Potatoes | Photo by Meredith

Now, about those leftover mashed potatoes. You can transform them into:

1) Potato soup

Thin those mashed potatoes with some broth and milk and you've got Potato Soup. Set out a bar of chives, shredded cheese, bacon and sour cream and let your guests customize their bowls.

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2) Potato-topped casseroles

Serve up a one-dish meal in the form of Shepherd's Pie. Veggies, meat, gravy and potatoes all in one casserole dish. Not a meat eater? Try an equally comforting plant-based version.

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3) Potato cakes

It's hard to go wrong with the combo of bacon, mashed potatoes and cheese. Mix them together and drop them into a hot frying pan and you've got golden mashed potato patties that could be a meal on their own or a side with grilled meats.

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4) Mashed potato quesadilla

Leftover mashed potatoes take on a Tex-Mex twist when they're sandwiched between flour tortillas. Top them with salsa, sour cream and cheese and you've got a super-speedy dinner.

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5) Potato biscuits

Fluffy, leftover mashed potatoes add moisture to these delicate potato biscuts that are perfect at any meal. Use a gentle hand when mixing so the biscuits aren't tough.


6) Potato candy

Yep. You read that right. This popular Depression-era confection is believed to have been invented by the Pennsylvania Dutch. This Ohio version features peanut butter filling and is sure to wow everybody with its surprise ingredient.

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7) Potato waffles

These savory waffles are a fun way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Serve them topped with sauteed apples, alongside some grilled fish or chicken.

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8) Peppermint patties

Would you believe you can make those iconic, chocolate-covered minty candies with leftover mashed potatoes? You can! Plus, these impressive confections are surprisingly easy to whip up.

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9) Pierogi

These beloved Polish dumplings traditionally feature potato filling. Make your filling the night before, if you like, before stuffing the pierogi.

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10) Potato lefse

Employ leftover mashed potatoes in these Norwegian "tortillas," which can be fried and served with butter and cinnamon-sugar or, for the hard-core, plated alongside lutefisk.

Photo by Toasty MamaLooking for more ways to use up leftovers? Check out these Allrecipes winners: