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10 Ways to Use Up Leftover Potatoes

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Potatoes, the multi-talented spuds that can be baked, boiled, mashed, fried, and more! But what about the leftovers? We have a ten delicious ideas for cleaning out your fridge and getting dinner on the table. 

Ah, potatoes. Although shocking to some, it is possible to have leftovers of potatoes, which rings in as America's favorite vegetable. Leftover potatoes are (almost) just as good as fresh, plus they're a key component in several dishes. These ten suggestions below are just a few ways the ever-versatile leftover potato can be used:

  • Shepherd's pie - A classic dish, cook up some meat and veggies in gravy, then top with leftover mashed potatoes. For an extra indulgent topping, mix in a little cheese to make an irresistibly cheesy pie. 
  • Croquettes - These pan-fried little patties can contain whatever your heart desires. Start with a base of leftover mashed potatoes and mix in everything from flaked fish to cheddar cheese to other cooked veggies. Coat in a little breading before lightly frying and serve with dipping sauce on the side. 
    Photo: Whitney Ott
  • Gnocchi - Pasta and potatoes are both something that the carb-phobic fear. But they're missing out on the magic that happens when you combine the two, otherwise known as gnocchi. Mashed potatoes mixed with egg and whole wheat flour result in a dumpling-like pasta that is perfect for tossing in a light sauce. 
  • Samosas - These little savory baked pastries are an Indian classic and the perfect finger food to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Spiced with turmeric and garam masala, the combination of potatoes and peas makes for a creamy interior to contrast the crispy outside. 
    Photo: Jennifer Causey
  • Potato salad - Got leftover boiled or baked potatoes? Cube 'em, toss with some sauce, herbs, and veggies, and bask in the glory of your new bowl of potato salad. You can make the dressing creamy, vinegar-based, or even toss in some pesto. 
  • Pierogi - These Eastern European dumplings can be savory or sweet, depending on your mood. Mashed potatoes are a classic filling, but add in other beloved ingredients like sauerkraut and cheese to take it up a notch.
  • Potato soup - No matter the type of leftover, pretty much any cooked potato can be blended into a creamy soup. Make a roux, add some milk and blended potatoes, and season away! Top with a small amount of bacon and chives to represent a deconstructed baked potato. 
    Photo: Jennifer Causey
  • Hash - Chop up boiled or baked potatoes to make the base of a hash. Although traditionally a humble looking food, hash can be dressed up with the addition of fried eggs and cubed meats to make this savory meal a real crowd-pleaser.
  • Double stuffed potatoes - Whole baked potatoes can easily be transformed into double stuffed spuds. Just spilt in half, remove the inside and mash with your choice of ingredients (light sour cream, chopped onion, cheese, bacon, etc.) before stuffing it again. 
  • Waffles - This combination of two classic breakfast foods will make you happy to get out of bed in the morning. Leftover mashed potatoes can be mixed with an egg, a little cheese, fresh green onions, and cooked to a crisp in your waffle iron. Top with light sour cream and a sprinkling of chives.