5 Unexpected Ways to Serve Leftover Mashed Potatoes
At the end of every Thanksgiving celebration, there's always that one aunt who insists on sending you home with the leftovers.
"What am I gonna do with all these potatoes?!" she asks nobody in particular. "Your uncle and I can't possibly finish all this food!" she adds, usually while fumbling around in a drawer of plastic containers she's been saving for this exact purpose.
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A moment later, when she finishes scooping an ungodly amount of mashed potatoes into a gigantic plastic tub that once held margarine, she'll hand it over, kiss you on the cheek, and send you on your way.
So what are you gonna do with all those potatoes, huh?
Well, it's quite simple, really. You'll do this:
Make Mashed Potato Waffles
With just a few extra binding ingredients, Tieghan from Half Baked Harvest turns a bowl of surplus spuds into hearty mashed potato waffles. (A similar trick works works for leftover stuffing, too.) She even shares a bonus recipe for turning those waffles into waffle melts, which you can fill with your other, less wafflemaker-friendly leftovers.
(Half Baked Harvest)
Make Mashed Potato Pancakes
Not a waffle person? Fine, be difficult. Kelly at Just a Taste fries up golden-brown mashed potato pancakes you should try instead. Top them off with sour cream, cranberry sauce, ketchup, scallions, or anything else your waffle-hating heart desires.
(Just a Taste)
Make Mashed Potato Soup
Tanya at Lemons For Lulu thickens her creamy spud soup with leftover mashed potatoes, which means you could techically call it a chowder if you really wanted to. But whether you prefer to call it a soup or a chowder, you should definitely just shut up and eat it.
(Lemons For Lulu)
Make Mashed Potato Pizza
You can put almost anything on a pizza, so Nick at Macheesmo does. Inspired by a pie he once tried at a New Haven eatery, Nick uses his leftovers to whip up a garlicky mashed potato pizza with shaved brussels sprouts and crumbled bacon. (We suppose you could fit some leftover turkey on there, too.)
Make Fried Mashed Potatoes
If there's a food on this planet that doesn't benefit from being rolled into a ball and deep fried, we haven't heard of it. Food blogger Chungah at Damn Delicious seems to feel the same way, which is why she created these loaded mashed potato balls from last night's leftovers.