What To Do With Leftover Mashed Potatoes

By Friday, April 12, 2013

Some of you might have caught this picture on Instagram a few weeks back:

Homemade gnocchi

Yes, I was teaching myself to make gnocchi for the first time! I decided to try it out because I had an obscene amount of potatoes to get rid of. I know what you’re thinking – I’m hoarding again. But you’re wrong! This wasn’t my fault.

My Other Half wanted potatoes for a meal he was making. The conversation went something like this:

“Julia, do we have any potatoes for supper tomorrow?”

“Umm I think so. Check the pantry.”

He goes to check. I’m upstairs in my office on the computer.

“Nope, no potatoes.”

“Okay, I’ll pick some up at Costco.”

A few days later, I’m shoving the 10lb bag of potatoes into its usual spot in the pantry. I start yelling.

“What the #%&$!!! Grrrr!!!”

He comes running.

“What? What’s wrong?!”

“You didn’t check the pantry, you jerk! There’s a full 10lb bag of potatoes in here!”

“Oh… ooops. Sorry.”

“What the %&$# am I going to do with TWENTY POUNDS OF POTATOES? We are two people!”

“I don’t know… freeze them… make gnocchi or something.”

“Oh my God… you are unbelievable. Just like my Dad.”

He sheepishly disappears to the man cave. And I am left to fend for myself in a sea of potatoes.

Well… you know what they say. When life gives you potatoes… you make gnocchi. Right?

Not to disappoint, but I am going to post about my interesting gnocchi experience another time. Today I am going to tell you about My Other Half’s creative use for our abundance of potatoes.

He made Cheesy Fried Potato Balls. Of course.

They’re actually pretty awesome. He never ceases to amaze me when he cooks. Basically, you take leftover mashed potatoes and cheese and roll them into balls, coat them in breadcrumbs and more cheese and deep fry them. Delicious, actually.

What to do with leftover mashed potatoes

Yield: 20


1 tsp butter
salt, to taste
2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded fresh parmesan
3 eggs
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
high-heat oil for frying


Place mashed potatoes in a bowl. Stir in cheddar cheese and a bit of salt until well blended. Roll into balls (we did golf ball size). Beat the eggs. In a separate bowl, mix breadcrumbs and parmesan together. Dip each ball into the egg and then coat in breadcrumb mixture. Heat enough oil in a pot to cover a ball. Fry each ball in batches until golden. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to paper towel. Sprinkle with a bit more salt and serve.


Adapted from Life's Ambrosia

Cheesy fried potato balls

I know some people use leftover potatoes for casseroles, perogies etc., which are great ideas. But I’m curious to know…

What would YOU do with leftover mashed potatoes?

  • Bekah47
    April 19, 2013

    Gnocchi is the answer to every question.

    • Julia Kent
      April 22, 2013

      Haha I agree!!!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Tiffany
    July 29, 2013

    I’m a bit confused. I read to preheat over to 400 degrees but then I’m missing when to use the oven. ??

    • Julia Kent
      July 29, 2013

      Hi Tiffany – that’s not supposed to be in there! I must have confused it with another recipe. There’s no oven involved! Sorry about that. Happy cooking!!!

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