Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Using up leftover mashed potatoes

Potatoes are coming out of our ears right now-both fresh and instant. They've been so cheap I really couldn't resist:) When making mashed potatoes, especially fresh, I often overestimate the amount we need. In a final act of desperation (and after eating leftover potatoes for 3 or 4 meals in a row) I looked up a quick way to make the mashers taste different. I had some leftover ground beef I wanted to use up as well and this is what some recipe searches along with my mixing magic came up with:

Cheesburger-Mashed Potato Soup

(serve with a light veggie such as a green salad)

2 or so cups of leftover mashed potatoes
1/4 of an onion, chopped
1/2-1 cup ground beef (depending on what you have)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
2 - 2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 TBS parsley or celery salt
1 TBS butter

Directions: In saucepan, sautee onions in the butter. Once starting to get slightly tender, add ground beef. (if ground beef is raw, add at beginning and cook until done) Add rest of ingredients and cook until heated through. *Optional: top with additional shredded cheese.

This is a very thick, chowder-like soup but is so fast and easy! I added a whole onion, which I would not do again because it was too strong.

Other great ways to use up leftover mashed potatoes:

Shepherd's Pie

Mashed potato rolls

10 ways to use up mashed potatoes (some other great ideas!)

Visit Tammy's recipes for more ideas for your kitchen and works for me wednesday for loads of other great ideas!


Martha A. said...

That sounds so good! I am going to try it!

Cara said...

This sounds very yummy! Thank you for sharing.

I was once told when serving potatoes, use one per person. This has always worked for me. If I am having company I will cook one per person and one or two extra just in case they have larger appetites than I was expecting.


BarbaraLee said...

I use them to thicken stews.