Reinventing Leftovers: Mashed Potato Patties

It’s always difficult when planning meals. You make the food, but either you risk not having enough food, or more often, you have leftovers. No matter how good the meal was the first time around, you don’t always want it the second time, or third, or fourth time around. So now, you not only have to plan a meal, but you have to plan what to do with the leftovers.

Meats: These are usually the easiest to figure out what to do with. Whether you had baked chicken, a pot roast, a steak, fish fillet, etc, meats are fairly simply to reinvent. You can chop up the meat and add to a stir-fry, casserole, or noodle dish. Make a a small meat pie/turnover, re-season and use for tacos, or make muffin size crescent pies. Add barbecue sauce and make sandwiches; can do with chicken, pork, or beef. Add to soups or stews.

Veggies: Usually the best idea is to just toss leftover vegetables into a casserole, stir fry, noodle dish, stew or soup.

At our house, Sunday dinner usually consists of a beef or pork pot roast, mashed potatoes, noodles and some side vegetable. Today is Monday, we’ve already had roast beef sandwiches for lunch, and for dinner we’ll reheat the noodle, adding some shredded beef, and make mashed potato patties. Below is a recipe for mashed potato patties.

Mashed Potato Patties


  • about 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of bread crumbs or cornflake crumbs
  • optional: grated parmesan cheese, or other shredded cheeses
  • oil for cooking


  1. Mix all ingredients except oil.
  2. Form into patties: hamburger size or about 1/2 inch thick and 4 inch diameter.
  3. Add enough oil to saute pan to coat. Heat oil over medium heat.
  4. Add a mashed potato patty to pan and cook about 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  5. Flip and heat other side. Make sure the patties are heated through before eating.
  6. Oh ya, enjoy!

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