(why, yes, I’m on a Cheap Food Posting Kick lately… reducing our grocery costs or making the food we have last lander is on my mind quite a bit these days, and I imagine I’m not the only one!)
Ways to use up leftover baked potatoes:
1) Topping for Shepherd’s Pie (Cottage Pie to many of our international readers) ~ the “official” topping for shepherd’s pie is boiled potatoes then turned into mashed potatoes, but baked potatoes turned into mashed potatoes would work very well too. I suspect that the origins of such a pie are from bygone homemakers trying to make food ends meat and using the scraps of what they had on hand to feed their family; thus, I never feel very much like I Must Be Loyal To A Recipe for this stuff, because there probably wasn’t one to begin with. If you are a recipe person, though, I love the looks of this one
2) Omelet Fillings ~ Really, I recommend taking two minutes to raid the refrigerator before cooking any omelet, because you never know what goodness you’ll find. Strider and I had omelets this week with: leftover baked potatoes, leftover bits of ham, a tiny bit of cheese, and half a chopped onion leftover from another recipe.
3) Baked Potato Soup ~ This one looks amaaaazing for winter. Canned evaporated milk is not always the cheapest thing around, but if you wanted to stick closely to the recipe, we’re also heading into a time when it should be on sale frequently. Perfect for stocking up!
4) Additions to Vegetable, Beef, or Split Pea Soup. Soup is the Great Collector of Leftovers, really, and potatoes are Great Leftovers To Add To the Collection. They add body to soups and absorb the flavors really well.
5) Potato Salad ~ Have a main dish planned but no side? Mayo, mustard, chopped onions, potatoes, salt, pepper, and a couple boiled eggs to help add protein to the meal make an instantly appealing side dish.
6) Added To Green Beans ~ Basically, as a variant of this way of having green beans, but without the cranberries and maple syrup. Just do the onion, potatoes, and bacon. This is one of Strider’s favorite ways to have green beans.
7) Topped with home made Chili ~ imagine the frugal happiness if it was also leftover chili.
8) Served with Sauerkraut ~yes, really, you read that right. The cool thing is that if you’re a homeschooling mother you can declare it Learn About Slovakia! day and make this nifty looking recipe…I know there are many strong and varied opinions on sauerkraut. I used to despite it, personally, but now count it as a kitchen friend. If you haven’t tried it before, please: buy the bagged stuff or stuff in a glass jar, not the aluminum tinned
stuff. I haven’t made friends with that type yet.
9) Filling for homemade pasties ~ Many recipes have you start with raw potatoes, but I’ve made them many times with already baked ones and they still taste fantastic. Pasties also work well individually wrapped and frozen. Perfect for work or school lunches! Or lunches on days when you have out of town relatives coming and are in the middle of a Cleaning Frenzy (oh. that never happens in your home?). Good pasty recipe: here.
10) Twice Baked Potatoes~ ‘cuz if you’ve baked them once, why not do it again?! No, seriously, there are dozens of delicious ways to do twice baked potatoes. One I’ve been drooling over lately is here… but I think it’s like the shepherd’s pie concept… see what you’ve got on hand and run with it!
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Other Common Room Frugal Food Posts:
~ Streeeeetch those Grocery Dollars!