Cheesy Mashed Potato Leftovers {Eat Healthy Save Time}

Cheesy Mashed Potato leftovers are fine by me!

You know how I talked about not liking the 13 peas leftover at the end of the meal?

Let me just clarify something:  I really do like leftovers if they serve a purpose. If they can create an entire meal and save me time? I like leftovers. If they can be made into something else for a practically effortless meal? I like leftovers. And if you can use them to create a side dish your family loves? Well of course, then I like leftovers.

Making extra food so that you have leftovers on purpose is a great way to Eat Healthy and Save Time! This Chili Mac recipe is a perfect example. So is the Cheesy Mashed Potato recipe I am about to show you.

Last week, I was making mashed potatoes to go with our Chicken Fried Steak Strips. I decided to double the amount of potatoes we would need for that night, so that I could use the leftovers to make another dish for another day.


This was about eight pounds of potatoes. Doesn’t look like it? How about seeing the bowl from this angle?


It turns out, making additional potatoes for another day was a great idea! It took me hardly any extra time to peel a few extra potatoes, it took hardly any extra time to cook the potatoes, it took hardly any extra time to mash the potatoes, and then it took about three minutes to put together this dish after our meal was over.

Then, two days later, when friends came over to play games, I put two chickens in the oven to roast, then put these Cheesy Mashed Potatoes into the oven to reheat. At the last minute, I steamed a veggie, and we had a meal! (All while I was getting totally killed while playing Ticket to Ride.)

Here’s the Cheesy Mashed Potato recipe, which really isn’t a recipe, because you can use whatever amount of mashed potatoes, sour cream, and shredded cheese that you like. I’ll try to figure out some sort of proportions though for you. No one wants to have a dish full of sour cream with a couple teaspoons of mashed potatoes stirred in. ;)

Cheesy Mashed Potato Leftovers

Cheesy Mashed Potato Leftovers {Eat Healthy Save Time}
  • 6 cups leftover mashed potatoes (give or take)
  • 1 cup sour cream (give or take)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (give or take)
  1. Stir together the mashed potatoes and sour cream.
  2. Spread into a 3 quart casserole dish (give or take).
  3. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  4. Refrigerate until you are ready to bake this dish.
  5. Bake in a 350° oven for 45 minutes (give or take).

Seriously. It’s not a real recipe when you put (give or take) at the end of every statement. But the potatoes sure taste yummy, even if your proportions are different than what I described.


Feel free to add bacon bits to the potatoes if you like. How many? Oh, I’d say about 1/2 cup.

Give or take. ;)

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes


  1. Virginia says

    You crack me up!! I love recipes like this! Not only do I appreciate all the helpful advice/recipes you post but I also so appreciate the thoughtfulness and apparent prayer you put into what you write. Thank you!!! :)


  2. says

    My mother-in-law has a recipe like this that is a hit where ever she takes it. We’re eating Paleo now, so it’s out for us, but boy does it look yummy. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Tina Dill says

    We love cheesy mashed potatoes. We use the exact same recipe. We got the game Ticket to Ride for Christmas and love playing it with our girls (ages 13, 12 and 10). Even their 7 yr. old brother joins in sometimes! I so wished I could have met you in Springfield last week but I wasn’t feeling well! I think I missed out on something good:(


  4. Becca Gordon says

    Thanks for the idea! I never think of things like this and I should! :) Hubby will love this recipe-kind of a Twice Baked Potato (his favorite) simplified.


  5. trisha says

    I do about the same. I just add about however much “stuff” as I would for a baked potato (per serving of potatoes). I always add garlic salt to mine too and top with crushed crackers.


  6. says

    This is the only way I make mashed potatoes, actually. I do a HUGE pot, mash, and add cheese, milk, butter, sour cream, bacon, dill weed, garlic, seasoned salt, parsley or any combination thereof. I put it in zip top bags according to how much my family eats with various meals, and freeze. I then either thaw them on the counter or in a sink of warm water, put them in a dish, and bake to reheat, so they get that yummy crust on top.


  7. Willie Mitchell says

    I like this idea. The other day, after cooking a big meal at church, I had a large amount of mashed potatoes left. I was thinking what to do with them as I don’t like warmed over mashed potatoes. I decided to see if I could make potato soup. I took the potatoes and added evaporated milk, regular milk, butter and a bit of onion powder. I had some ham left over so I shredded the ham and added it. I simmered it for a few minutes and added shredded cheddar cheese. It was like a loaded baked potato soup. Everybody loved it!


  8. Amy G. says

    I’m with Kathy – I NEVER peel potatoes (or apples in cobblers) and think the extra “bite” the skin gives is so yummy. It also saves much time and is healthier. Everyone has their preference, though.


  9. Gina says

    I think I’ll have to try this. After being sick for several weeks I am finally able to cook again and I am itchin’ to get back into the kitchen! Oh made your calico beans last night and my son wanted seconds and we had it for lunch today and again he wanted seconds. He says it’s a 5 star recipe! He adds some raw milk cheese and sour cream to his which is good because he doesn’t like the taste of the raw milk and I am having a hard time getting him to drink it. He’ll only take a sip.


  10. Emily says

    I recently saw the idea of using leftover mashed potatoes to make homemade tater tots. Obviously a bit more labor intensive, but I’m going to try it sometime- it’s fun to have one of those childhood favorites come back!


  11. Linda says

    CHEESY mashed potatoes are YUMMY! As I was reading your version I couldn’t help but think a great alternate name would be, “Give or Take Potatoes with Cheese” LOL


  12. Rita says

    Oooh! Left-over mashed potatoes. My daughters love it when I add garlic and onion powders and cheddar cheese, form into patties, and fry. Sooooo tasty!!!


  13. says

    Ticket to Ride is one of our favorite games!
    If y’all like that one, try Railways of the World it’s more in depthbut a lot of fun too.


  14. Brit says

    Yummy! My mom made this (we called them party potatoes) and I make them a lot too. I serve mashed potatoes about once a week and I always make enough to make party potatoes too. LOVE them! I add cream cheese too most of the time (depending on if I have it) and usually a few chives, or dry ranch dressing or whatever sounds good. :)


  15. Mary says

    I have tried cooking extra mashed potatoes and my family just eats them all. No such thing as leftover mashed potatoes at my house. I suppose I could hide half before the meal. They have mashed potato radar.


  16. Chris says

    You can also add Durkee or generic fried onions on top during the last 10-15 minutes to give it a great onion taste and add some crunch!


  17. Karen says

    I love the simplicity of this and guess what? I have extra mashed in the fridge. We’ll make these tomorrow with meatloaf since we’re getting a little turkey’d out…


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