In our house, after Christmas, we always have loads of leftover mash. Partly on purpose because we really like using them up. And, as far as us Gluttons are concerned, there is only one one way to use up leftover mashed potatoes…
Fried Mash Butties.
I can hear you, saying “What?” and thinking it just sounds wrong.
Stop right there, put your scepticism aside and give it a go. You won’t look back, I promise.
There’s something magical about the combination of creamy, rich mashed potatoes oozing out of a crispy crunchy outer coating, and complemented with thickly buttered bread. To finish it off you need to add a light sprinkling of vinegar, plenty of salt and as much ketchup as you enjoy. It’s basically the best chip butty in the whole world and it’s the perfect way to use up leftover mashed potatoes and it’s also a great hangover cure.
Now, if you’ve had your fried mash butty and you’ve still got some leftover potatoes then there are a few other recipe ideas at the end of the post.
Here is a step-by-step picture guide to the perfect fried mash butty:
Step 1 – Leftover mash out of the fridge
Step 2 – Shape into patties – just use your hands to press them firmly into small patties (not too thick so you get plenty of crunch)
Step 3 – Heat the oil – use a reasonable amount of oil and make sure it’s nice and hot
Step 4 – Begin to fry the patties – put them in and DON’T MOVE THEM!
Step 5 – Add a little butter and then flip once they are crispy and brown on the first side – you can see this in the pan. Be careful when flipping, they can be pretty delicate.
Step 6 – Pop them out of the pan and straight onto your bread so they can start melting the butter.
Step 7 – Add your condiments (use any vinegar you like, oddly, this was the only one I had in the cupboard!)
Step 7 – EAT!
Hope you enjoy this Christmas tradition we’re sharing with you. Let us know if you give it a go, or if you do something similar!
Now here’s some other ideas for ways to use up leftover mashed potatoes:
- Shepherd’s pie – you can make a meat base or go for lentils for a veggie version. This is a great way to make the most of extra mash, and you can freeze it if you don’t want to eat it there and then.
- Bubble and squeak – the classic, ideal if you’ve also got leftover cabbage.
- Potato Croquets – just form into little tubes and roll first in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. You cay fry them in a pan and you’ve got a lovely little treat to eat.
- Fish cakes – if you’ve got some leftover fish then why not pop some spices in with some mash and make yourself some lovely fishcakes.
Do you have any unusual uses for leftover mash? Share them in the comments below!
p.s. if this doesn’t float your boat then another great comfort food recipe is this gorgeous gluten free ginger pudding