5 Ideas for Leftover Mashed Potatoes

It's not too early to start planning your holiday menu. If you're looking for ideas on what to do with those leftover mashed potatoes, try these simple and tasty recipes!

Ham fritters1. Ham Fritters
Serves 4
In med. bowl, combine 2½ c. potatoes; ½ c. chopped ham; 1 green onion, finely chopped; and ⅛ tsp. pepper. Using ¼-cup measuring cup, form mixture into ½-in.-thick patties. Place ¼ c. flour in dish. Coat patties with flour, tapping off excess. In 12-in. skillet, heat ¼ c. canola oil on medium-high until hot. In 2 batches, fry patties 5 minutes or until golden brown on both sides, turning over once.

Broccoli soup 2. Broccoli Soup
Serves 4
In blender, puree 1 qt. lower-sodium chicken broth and 10 oz. frozen (thawed) broccoli. Transfer to 4-qt. pot. Heat to boiling on medium-high. Whisk in 2 c. potatoes and ⅛ tsp. pepper. Simmer on low heat 10 minutes. Stir in 2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese. Garnish with lemon slices, chopped parsley, and cheese.
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Savory flounder3. Savory Flounder
Serves 4
Place oven rack 6 in. from broiler heat source. Heat broiler on high. Place 4 (4-oz.) flounder fillets on jelly-roll pan. Sprinkle with ⅛ tsp. pepper. Brush fillets with 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard. Spread 1 c. potatoes on tops of fillets. Broil 3 to 4 minutes or until fish is firm and opaque throughout when tested with a fork. Garnish with dill.

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Pierogies4. Pierogies
Makes 28
In med. bowl, combine 1½ c. potatoes; ½ c. sauerkraut, chopped; and ⅛ tsp. pepper. Place scant tablespoon mixture in center of wonton-skin wrapper; dab edges of wrapper with water. Fold and pinch edges to enclose filling. Place under damp paper towels. Repeat with remaining filling. Cook in 6-qt. saucepot of salted boiling water 3 minutes or until dough is cooked through. Drain well. Serve with sour cream and chopped parsley.

Sausage scramble5. Sausage Scramble
Serves 4
In 12-in. skillet, cook 8 oz. sausage on medium-high 5 minutes, stirring to break up with spoon; transfer to sm. bowl. To skillet, add 1 red pepper, chopped; 1 sm. onion, chopped; and ⅛ tsp. pepper. Cover; cook 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add 2 c. potatoes. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until potatoes are hot, stirring often. Stir in sausage. Serve with poached eggs. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

How do you make use of your leftovers? Let us know in the comments!

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