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We’ve all been there, after a holiday dinner that you slaved and prepared for the masses and you have leftovers. Leftovers are always better than not-enough. My mother always prepared meals as if a small army may arrive to join us at any given moment. While leftovers are awesome, they can get boring. Especially if you’re left with lots of them. Re-inventing those foods into something new can make those leftovers into brand new foods you can enjoy days after your feast. Mashed potatoes is a common leftover. Don’t waste them, use them in this recipe that makes them into something new in minutes. Perfect for breakfast with a freshly fried egg, or served as a side with dinner. However you choose to enjoy them, they’re the ultimate use for those day-old mashed potaters.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (can substitute with gluten-free flour)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Sour cream or greek yogurt for dipping (optional)


  • Mixing bowls (2)
  • Spatula
  • Ladle
  • Waffle iron (belgian waffle iron used for this recipe)
  • Measuring cups


  • In a large bowl, mix together your oil, buttermilk and eggs. Add in the mashed potatoes, cheese and chopped green onions and stir until well combined.
  • Preheat your waffle iron.
  • In a separate bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, baking soda and fold it into the mashed potato mixture until combined.
  • Spray your waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Then, using a measuring cup or ladle, scoop 1/2 cup to 1/3 cup of the potato mixture into the center of your heated waffle iron. Spread using a spatula to make the layer even. Close the waffle iron lid, and let it bake until golden brown.
  • Transfer your waffle with a spatula or lift onto a serving plate, and repeat the steps above until you are out of batter.
  • NOTE: Depending on the original consistency of the mashed potato recipe, you may need to add an extra egg if it's too dry or alternatively extra flour a bit at a time if the mixture is too wet.
Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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