Holiday Help: What to Do With Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes


I seem to almost always over-shoot when I estimate how many potatoes to make for a holiday meal. Just in case you also have a few leftover mashed potatoes…here are some ideas for ways to use them up:

Mashed Potato PancakesYum

Leftover mashed potatoes
1/4 cup whole wheat flour (for every 2 cups of mashed potatoes)

Mix mashed potatoes and flour together. Melt a little butter in the bottom of a skillet. Spoon scoops of mashed potato mixture into hot butter and flatten a bit. Flip potato cake several times to ensure than you don’t burn the sides…but so that the cake is heated through and through.


Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Leftover mashed potatoes
1/2 cup sour cream (for every 3 cups of mashed potatoes)
Shredded cheddar cheese (I use raw white cheddar)

Re-warm mashed potatoes. Remove potatoes from heat and stir in sour cream. Spread into a casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese and heat in the oven until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Shepherd’s Pie

You’ll find the recipe for Shepherd’s Pie here. Just mix it up and spread the leftover mashed potatoes over the top. So easy!


Have leftover sweet potatoes?

Stir them into these Sweet Potato Streusel Muffins!

sweetpotatomuffins2smThese muffins taste as good as they look and smell!

Both mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes can also be frozen to save for another time. It’s wonderful to have frozen mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes ready to add to one of the above recipes!

Share how you use up your mashed potato and sweet potato leftovers!


  1. says

    people actually have leftover mashed potatoes?? WOW! LOL! I make 10 pounds of potatoes for my family of five and they are GONE> LOL!

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  2. says

    Thank you for the potato patty recipe! The way my mom used to make them had eggs in them, and I couldn’t figure out a way to make them for my son who is allergic to eggs. This is perfect!


  3. Andree says

    Make a ball out of mashed potatoes, roll in some shake-n-bake and bake until coating becomes crispy! Great as a side dish!


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