As comforting as it is easy to make, mashed potatoes generally make everyone at home agree. But what do you do when you find yourself with leftover puree that no one wants? There are many creative and tasty ways to reuse it. Here’s something to inspire you.
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Prepare Potato Pancakes
One of the most common ways to reuse mashed potatoes is to make them into hash browns. Simply mix your leftover puree with a whole egg and flour until you have a dough you can shape into patties by hand. Thus, Brown the pancakes in the pan with a bit of butter until they become nicely colored. To add more flavors to your pancakes, you can add sliced onions, grated cheese, aromatic herbs, or spices of your choice. Then, serve them hot with a green salad and, if necessary, a little cottage cheese garnished with salt, granulated garlic, and fresh aromatic herbs. This is an excellent idea for an anti-waste meal, simple and quick to cook for weeknights!
Use It As A Base For Soup
Mashed potatoes can also be used as a base to prepare a velvety and creamy soup that will delight young and old alike. Add vegetable or chicken stock to your leftover mashed potatoes and heat until you obtain a creamy soup. To make it a complete meal, you can then serve it as is or garnished with diced ham, grated cheese, thick crème fraîche, or garlic-rubbed croutons.
To obtain a lighter soup, you can also incorporate other vegetables, such as celery, carrots, or leeks.
Make Potato Croquis
To make delicious potato croquis, mix your leftover mashed potatoes with a bit of flour, a whole egg, salt, and pepper, then add grated cheese (comté, gruyere, mozzarella, etc.) and small dice of ham. Form balls 3 to 4 cm in diameter, then bread them by rolling them first in flour, then in a beaten egg seasoned with salt and pepper, then in breadcrumbs. Then, immerse your croquis for 2 to 3 minutes in a deep fryer at 180°C and fry them until golden Brown. When they come out of the fryer, drain them on absorbent paper. Serve hot as an appetizer or a main course accompanied by a green salad.
Make A Sweet Potato Cake
Against all odds, your leftover mashed potatoes can be transformed into a delicious dessert! Mix your remaining puree with egg yolks, softened butter, almond powder, powdered sugar, and the zest of a lemon. Mix everything until you obtain a homogeneous dough, then add whipped egg whites to lighten everything.
Pour the mixture thus obtained into a buttered cake mold, then sprinkle it with a bit of vanilla sugar. Bake at 160°C for 30 to 45 min. Check the cooking of your cake with the tip of a knife, which should come out dry. Serve warm or cold with custard, a scoop of ice cream, or fruit coulis.
Prepare Savory Or Sweet Waffles
Did you know you can use leftover mashed potatoes to make delicious waffles? Simply mix your mash with flour, soft butter, two eggs, and one sachet of yeast, and cook this dough in a previously greased waffle iron. You will thus obtain delicious savory potato waffles that you can enjoy with a slice of smoked salmon, a little fresh cheese, and a green salad. To prepare sweet waffles, all you need to do is add a little sugar! Easy as pie!
Turn Your Leftover Mashed Potatoes Into Pancakes
Mash pancakes are an excellent French cuisine classic called crepes parmentières or Vonnassian pancakes! There is nothing better than recycling leftover puree in a tasty way. Add hot milk, melted butter, wheat flour, heavy cream, and two egg yolks to your puree, then lighten this mixture with whipped egg whites. Immediately cook small pancakes (the size of a pancake) in a hot oiled pan or on a billing. You can enjoy these pancakes with savory or sweet accompaniments.
Make Potato Fritters
Your leftover mash can also be used to make potato cakes. Mix them with flour, melted and cooled butter, sugar, and egg yolks, then work on everything until you obtain a very smooth dough. Then spread it out using a rolling pin then cut out diamonds, which you will throw in a very hot fryer until they come out nicely golden. Let them drain on absorbent paper immediately when taking them out of the fryer, then roll them in powdered sugar. Add a tablespoon of Grand Marnier or rum to your dough to add even more flavor to your donuts.
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