We try to do our share to not waste food and keep our kitchen-budget in check. So, we often find ourselves standing in front of a fridge full with leftovers that we can neither eat the way they are because they are cold or boring as we have already had it for dinner the last 2 days. This is the case especially in the festive season! In these moments, we just need a little push to get our creative juices flowing. So we are going to explore ways to serve brand new (and easy!) dishes made with leftovers and ingredients we usually already have in our pantries, and we’re going to start today with mashed potatoes.
We can easily make too much of this delicious comfort food, but sometimes just reheating it with warm milk and butter can seem too boring or can even make the mashed heavier on the stomach. Here are a few ideas you can make with just a few other ingredients:
Leftover Mashed Potatoes Bolognese with Egg
For this you can use ready-made Bolognese sauce or you can make your own: Mix the potato mash with grated cheddar cheese and spread it in an oven-safe dish. Chop a small onion and fry until glazy. You can add some garlic for extra flavour. Add minced meat and once it is cooked, add chopped or puréed tomatoes. Season to taste. Spread evenly on top of the mash. Depending on the size of the dish, break an egg or more on top of the mashed potatoes. Place in a preheated oven at 355°F /180°C and cook for approx. 10 to 15 minutes.
To soften your left over mash, mix in a tablespoon or two of milk. Add some black pepper. With floured hands, roll it into small balls. You can either:
– Put them on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake them until they are golden.
– Whisk an egg in a bowl and drop the potato balls in. Shake off the excess, then drop it into and cover with bread crumbs. Fry until golden brown to make potato-puffs.
If you have some slices of cold meat at home (bologna will do just fine), this dish is an easy and fun meal to prepare.
Mix the mashed potatoes with an egg and add a good pinch of dried herbs. Take some thin slices of meat (you can also use cold sausage instead), spread some mustard on all sides. Cover them all over with mashed potato. Place them on an oven-safe, greased dish. Brush the tops slightly with some of the egg and bake until golden at about 355°F /180°C. TIP: If you like pickles, you can add some slices along with the meat before covering it with potato.
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