Perfectly Practical #226 - Leftover Mashed Potatoes

What can one do with leftover mashed potatoes?

  • If you are familiar with British food then you make Bubble & Squeak or Colcannon from the mash and cabbage.
  • Make potato bread, rolls, or pancakes
  • Use them as a topper for a Shepherd's or Cottage Pie* or meatloaf cupcakes
  • Make Duchess Potatoes (your people will think you're fancy)
  • Thicken soups
  • Make Potato Soup
  • Freeze them for another meal**
  • Make Baked Potato Casserole
  • Make a chocolate cake (I found an old country recipe using mashed potatoes)

I thought it was an impossibility, but I actually over-salted my mashed potatoes the other night.  That was a travesty since we love mashed potatoes and I don't make them very often.  We counted it as a huge loss.  Yep.  We were that sad about messed up mashed potatoes.

I kept the leftovers anyway because, well, wasting food makes me angry and I'm so glad I did.

A few days after the tragic potato mishap, I made mushroom soup, which was good, but needed something extra - like salty mashed potatoes!  I added the potatoes to the soup and it was perfect!  No waste here.  Nuh-uh.  No ma'am.

What do you do with your leftover mashed potatoes?

*What's the difference between Shepherd's and Cottage Pie?  Shepherd's Pie uses ground lamb and Cottage Pie uses ground beef. 

**For portion control, scoop potatoes into a muffin tin and flash freeze.  Pop them out and put them in a freezer bag.


  1. What a clever idea to add the mashed potatoes to the mushroom soup :)

    1. It gave it a lot more body and texture for sure.


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