Leftover mashed potatoes are very versatile. You can have them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Find some great leftover mashed potato recipes here.
The great thing about mashed potatoes is that it's really simple to make something out of them.
Depending on the quantity of leftover potatoes you have, divide it up into medium sized pieces.
In a frypan, melt some butter over a medium to high heat. Add the potato pieces and fry until golden brown.
If you're making these for children, a great idea is to use cookie cutters to turn the potato into fun shapes like stars, animals or any other shape you can find. Then you just cook them the same way.
This is a traditional French dish, and is basically the same as hash browns, except the potato is shaped into small balls.
First of all, you need to form the potato into small balls. You could either roll them by hand, or use a melon baller to do the job for you. It really depends on how much potato you have.
Next, melt some butter in a frypan over a medium to high heat. Then add the potato balls and roll them around in the pan until they're golden brown.
Normally this recipe uses a piece of bread with a hole in the middle, which is then fried along with an egg that's placed in the hole.
Instead of bread, you can use mashed potato to give you Egg In A (Hash Brown) Basket!
Prepare the mashed potato by flattening it out so it's the same size and thickness as a piece of bread. Then cut a hole out of the middle that's big enough to hold an egg.
Heat some butter in a frypan over a medium heat and add the potato. Cook one side then turn over. Now add the egg to the hole in the potato and continue cooking until the egg is cooked to your liking.
With the bit of potato you cut out, you could fry than alongside so there's nothing wasted. You could even use it as a 'hat' for the egg, if you like!
The versatility of mashed potatoes is amazing. For starters, you can freeze it for up to a year (in an airtight bag) until you need it.
Mashed potatoes can be used in soups and casseroles to thicken them up. Just add them towards the end of cooking so they heat up and blend in properly without any lumps.
If you're making a dish like Shepherd's Pie (which itself is a leftover lamb recipe), you can use leftover mashed potato as the pie topping.
I hope you enjoy these recipes and ideas!