What To Do With Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes are one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner.  Especially when they are smothered with turkey gravy!  But what do you do with the leftover mashed potatoes when you’ve already had your leftover Thanksgiving dinner?  Cheesy Mashed Potato Pancakes!

My pregnant self was craving hash browns after our Friendsgiving dinner, but I had already used all of the potatoes to make the mashed potatoes, so I did the next best thing, and made fried Potato Pancakes!  Took about 2 minutes to out together, and zero effort to cook, and it definitely satisfied my craving!

In the past, I’ve made Shepherd’s Pie with my leftover Mashed Potatoes.  It uses them all up, and Shepherd’s Pie is always a family favorite.  But back to my Potato Pancakes…

After Friendsgiving, I store all of my leftovers in some deli containers that I bought on Amazon.  I stored the leftover mashed potatoes in one of the larger containers, so I was able to mix up the ingredients I needed to make the Potato Pancakes in there.  I hate doing dishes, so it made it really easy.

Looking back, I wish that I made some bacon and eggs to go with my Potato Pancake.  If you serve them for breakfast, make smaller pancakes.  Plus, it’d be delicious to cook in the bacon fat.  These Cheesy Potato Pancakes can be made with just 2 ingredients – leftover mashed potatoes and shredded cheddar.  I love easy recipes.  Simply mix some cheese with the leftover potatoes, dump into a non-stick pan, press into a pancake and cook until crispy on each side.

The Potato Pancakes remind me of my grandma.  This is something that she would have loved.  It’s so comforting.  You’ll love this recipe.


3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1 tbsp butter


In a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, melt butter until shimmering.

While pan is heating up, mix mashed potatoes and cheese until well combined.

Spoon mashed potatoes into pan, and press into pancakes.  Cook for 5-6 minutes on each side, until browned and crispy.  Serve right away.

I love having Breakfast for Dinner after a big meal like Thanksgiving, and these Potato Pancakes are a great way to serve up leftovers.

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