Using Left-Over Mashed Potatoes

• In frying pan, scramble fry one pound ground beef with one medium onion until cooked brown.  Add salt and pepper, two packets beef bouillon (Oxo), a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and one small can of beef gravy.  Stir until bubbling.  Sprinkle with corn starch.  Heat while stirring until thickened.  Pour into casserole dish.  Top with a can of drained peas (if desired).  Then top this with leftover mashed potatoes.  Bake in 350 degree oven, uncovered, for 40 minutes.  Voila!  Easy, tasty Sheppard’s pie!

• My grandmother always used her leftover potatoes to extend her hamburger meat. The potatoes really disappear inside the hamburgers and simply add moisture.  Potato pancakes:  1-1/2 cups leftover potatoes   3-1/2 c flour  1 egg   Mix well. Drop by teaspoons into hot oil in frying pan and brown on both sides. Serve these hot. Baked casserole: Add 2 eggs, 1 c grated cheese and beat well. Spread in casserole and sprinkle with paprika and small amount of shredded cheese. Bake until puffy and hot through.   Terri

• Potato Candy
1 c. leftover mashed potatoes  (without herb flavoring)
Powdered sugar
Vanilla
Peanut butter
Mix in vanilla and enough powdered sugar to make a stiff dough.  Roll out into a long narrow rectangle.  Spread on peanut butter or other nut butter.  Rollup from a long edge jellyroll style.  Refrigerate then slice in thin slices from end.  If potatoes are not real loose and creamy it doesn’t take as much sugar so it sounds.  The candy doesn’t work as well with instant potatoes and takes a LOT more sugar.  Anita

• I make my Salmon Cakes with leftover mashed potatoes. By using the bones from the salmon and adding mashed potatoes made with milk, these salmon cakes are an excellent source of calcium. If you like them crispy on the outside, roll them in bread crumbs or Japanese panko before frying.

• Kristen’s Salmon Cakes
1 15 oz. can salmon
1 c. leftover mashed potatoes
1 egg, beaten
1 thinly sliced green onion
1 T. chopped green pepper
1 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 T.  lemon juice
1 t. Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 t. salt (I prefer sea salt)
1/2 t. Worstershire sauce
1/4 t. pepper

1. Remove large round spine and skin from salmon. Place salmon along with the small rib bones in a food processor. Process until no bones are visible. This is a great source of calcium and the bones are soft. If you prefer you can remove the bones and flake the salmon into a bowl.
2. Thoroughly combine salmon & remaining ingredients in a bowl.
3. Shape into 2 inch patties. Fry in a bit of butter or olive oil until golden brown. Serve with tartar sauce and a lemon wedge.
Note: You can also bake these in the oven to reduce the fat. If you put bread crumbs on the outside, spray with just a little bit of Pam so they crisp up in the oven. Kristen

• Our family really enjoys this. It is quick and easy.  Slit open lengthwise hot dogs, spread mustard over the cut sides of the hot dog. Layer on left over mashed potatoes. Put under broiler until the top of the potatoes start to brown. Enjoy Marge

• Norwegian Griddle Cakes (Lefser)
4 c  Riced hot potatoes
2 1/2 T Light cream (2 of the liquid creamers you generally turn down at the restaurant)
2 1/2 T  Lard ( I use margarine or butter)
1 1/2 T Sugar
1  t.  Salt (if using leftover mashed potatoes omit)
2 c  Sifted all purpose flour
Mix riced potatoes with cream and lard.  Chill for 1   hour.  Add sugar, salt and flour.  Blend thoroughly.   Take about 1/3 cup of mixture and form into 2 balls.   Continue with remaining dough.  Chill balls for 1   hour.  On a lightly floured board roll each ball into  a paper thin round about 5 inches in diameter.  Cook on heated griddle over low heat until very light tan.  Turn and cook on other side. Serve hot or cold.  All Lefsa – Sprinkle with hot water and let lay awhile, then butter and sprinkle with sugar and   cinnamon, fold and cut. (or rewarm in the microwave).  During the holidays I butter these, sprinkle with sugar and roll up then cut in half.  Spear with a toothpick.  they may seem bland if eaten without anything on them… jelly,  or mayo & turkey or sliced ham is very good. My husband calls them Norwegian tortillas.   Barbara

• I have taken leftover mashed potatoes and mixed them with grated parmesan cheese, minced garlic, basil, grated or chopped onion and small amount of crushed rosemary leaves, and chopped leftover meat (meat may be omitted) Mix well. Top with sliced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and baked for approximately 1/2 hour at 325 degrees. Serve with salad.

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