How many times a month do you prepare baked potatoes for your family? Probably, like most families, you “nuke” them in the microwave. When you have leftover baked potatoes, what do you do with them? Don’t throw them away because there are many recipe ideas that can utilize these potatoes.
First, let’s talk about cooking baked potatoes in the microwave. The best results are obtained when you prepare four at a time, which is the maximum quantity for most microwave ovens. Set the time on the “Baked Potato” setting and enter quantity of four. Before the cycle ends, check the potatoes. If they are almost done, pull them out. Do not wait until they are soft and overcooked. Allow them to continue cooking wrapped up in aluminum foil. We like to put olive oil and salt on the outside before wrapping.
Back to the leftovers: Be sure and refrigerate the baked potatoes overnight. They are actually easier to handle and use the next day. There are five recipes featured here for utilizing the leftover baked potatoes. You can even plan for these dishes by baking several baked potatoes in advance.
I have to say that I have use the mashed potato “cheater’s recipe” many, many times for hurried holiday dinners, and my family is none the wiser! Be sure and check out that idea for adding leftover baked potatoes to instant spud flakes to have amazing and very home-style mashed potatoes.
This is probably the absolute tastiest way to enjoy leftover baked potatoes. Just slice them and place them on a plate or pan, depending on whether you will microwave or use oven. Cover with some salt, pepper, and a tiny bit of olive oil. Then cover with chili, a lot of cheese and some seasoning salt or or Cajun type spice. Microwave or place in oven until the cheese melts and the potatoes are hot. Serve with ketchup or hot sauce.
Twice-stuffed potatoes, or potato skins, have become very popular. Cut the leftover potatoes in half lengthwise. Hollow out the center of the pieces with a spoon. Mash the potatoes with butter, sour cream, salt, pepper and cheese. Fill the skins back up and bake. You can sprinkle some additional cheese over the top if desired.
Potatoes Au Gratin
Potatoes au gratin are always popular, and the cheesier the better. You can slice them in a greased casserole, leaving peelings on. Dot with butter, and sprinkle salt and pepper. Cover with cheese of your choice, preferably a lot of sharp cheddar. Dilute a can of Cream of Mushroom Soup with a 1/2 can of milk. Spread this over the top of the cheese. Add salt, pepper, paprika and Parmesan Cheese. Bake at 375 degrees until nice and golden, remembering the potatoes are already cooked.
The leftover baked potatoes can be used to make really delicious and fast french fries. Cottage fries are even faster with the peelings left intact. If you are unsure how to cut fries, it is so very easy to learn. You first cut lengthwise down the center. Cut each half into three or four pieces. You can then thin those slices if you wish or just leave them as big Texas-sized fries. Have you tried soaking them in vinegar and salt for around 10 minutes before cooking?
You can make a quick potato salad with leftover potatoes. Just cut them up into small cubes. Some more modern recipes leave the peelings on, but traditionalists will remove them. Add mayo, mustard, pickles, onions and whatever else you like. Some people add celery and boiled eggs.
What to do with leftover baked potatoes
It is a good idea to always bake more baked potatoes than you think you will need. You never know when there will be a large bad place in one of them, so having extras on hand is a must. But, what can you do with those leftover baked potatoes?
There are so many ways to use them, and we are just touching the surface!
This trick for using leftover baked potatoes came from some older ladies who had years of experience cooking for large groups at church. They made big pots of delicious mashed potatoes by using instant potatoes and adding some mashed up baked potatoes! When you mix it all up, the real potatoes give a taste and texture of old-fashioned mashed potatoes.