4 Fast Recipes for Leftover Mashed Potatoes

4 Fast Recipes for Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Reuse leftover mashed potatoes for 4 quick, tasty dinners and side dishes.

Thanksgiving means leftovers, and leftovers can get boring fast. So here are a few alternatives to just microwaving the mountains of mashed potatoes you have.

1. Potato Pancakes

750 mL (3 cups) chilled mashed potatoes
150 mL (2/3 cup) shredded cheddar cheese
30 mL (2 tablespoons) chopped scallions
1 egg, beaten
45 mL (3 tablespoons) flour
60 mL (4 tablespoons) vegetable oil
125 mL (1/2 cup) flour
Cream cheese or sour cream for garnish


  1. Combine leftover mashed potatoes, shredded cheddar cheese,?chopped scallions, beaten egg and 45 mL (3 tablespoons) of flour in a large bowl
  2. Roll about a dozen 5-centimetre (2-inch) balls and flatten to about 1.25-centimetre (1/2-inch) thick
  3. Add 125 mL (1/2 cup) of flour to a shallow dish, and lightly coat each potato disk with flour
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a pan on medium-high heat until it spatters
  5. Add disks and cook until crispy (about 3 minutes on each side)
  6. Serve with a dollop of cream cheese or sour cream

2. Duchess Potatoes

500 mL (2 cups) room temperature mashed potatoes
1 egg, beaten
30 mL (2 tablespoons) butter, melted
Piping bag

Tip: For this recipe, you want to make sure that the mashed potatoes are room temperature. If they are not, simply microwave them until they are warm, but not hot.


  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F)
  2. Once at room temperature, mash in 1 slightly beaten egg until potatoes are smooth
  3. Transfer potatoes to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip
  4. Pipe potatoes onto baking sheet to form swirling peaks, about 5 centimetres (2 inches) across
  5. Brush gently with additional melted butter and bake at 200 C (400 F) for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown

3. Easy Shepherd’s Pie

1 medium onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
15 mL (1 tablespoon) olive oil
680 grams (1 1/2 pounds) ground beef
1 packet beef gravy
250 mL (1 cup) cold water
625 mL (2 1/2 cups) mashed potatoes


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F)
  2. Sauté onions and carrots on medium heat with the olive oil
  3. Add ground beef and cook until browned
  4. Mix together 1 packet of beef gravy with 250 mL (1 cup) cold water. Add gravy to ground beef and cook until it has thickened
  5. Place beef mixture in a 23-by-33-centimetre (9-by-13-inch) baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top
  6. Bake at 180 C (350 F) for about 30 minutes or until potatoes have browned slightly

4. Homemade Pierogi
Fill homemade pasta rounds with your leftover mashed potatoes to create our delicious side dish.

Tip: You’ve done all the hard work, and now it’s time to make cleanup easier! Try using Dawn dish soap on your messy, post-potato dishes.

So many possibilities! Do you have any ways to reuse leftover mashed potatoes? Share them in the comments section below.


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