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
- 6 cups leftover mashed potatoes (give or take)
- 1 cup sour cream (give or take)
- 1 cup shredded cheese (give or take)
- Stir together the mashed potatoes and sour cream.
- Spread into a 3 quart casserole dish (give or take).
- Sprinkle cheese on top.
- Refrigerate until you are ready to bake this dish.
- 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. ;)