Most people will enjoy potatoes in one shape or form with their Christmas dinner. But whether you have them mashed, boiled or roasted, what to do with leftover Christmas potatoes can often be a bit of a puzzle. To help you reduce waste and make the most of the potatoes that you have grown in your polytunnel, here are five ideas for leftover Christmas potatoes:
Turning mashed potatoes into potato cakes with the addition of whatever herbs or spices you have to hand, and frying these in the oil or fat of your choice is a quick and easy breakfast option, a lunch or a side for a range of dinners. Add chopped chillies and garlic for a bit of a kick, or keep things simple with a little herb pesto.
Another great way to use up mash, boiled potatoes or chopped up roast potatoes is in a frittata, along with eggs, fresh greens, herbs and other seasoning to taste. A frittata is a versatile way to use up a wide range of leftovers potatoes and other elements from your Christmas dinner.
Another easy way to use up mashed potato, along with other vegetables from your polytunnel or cooked vegetables left over from your Christmas dinner is to make a creamy potato soup. This is a hearty and filling crowd pleaser that should go down well in the days after Christmas.
Bombay Potatoes/ Potato Curry
If you are craving a little spice, then coating the leftover potatoes in a spice mix, or slathering them in a home-made curry sauce along with some kale or other winter greens can be a quick and easy way to get a bit of heat and variety with your leftover meals. There are plenty of different potato curry recipes to choose from, which will work just as well with cooked potatoes.
Cottage Pie/ Potato Bake
If you have more mash or leftover roast potatoes than you know what to do with, consider making a big cottage pie with mashed potato on top, or a potato bake with sliced leftover roast potatoes layered with other winter roots and green vegetables. If you eat fish or meat, you could also consider a potato topped fish pie or a shepherd’s pie with mince and tomatoes.
These are just some of the many things that you could consider doing with leftover Christmas potatoes. There is no excuse for wasting leftovers when there are so many delicious recipe options to try. Use your imagination and you will find that there is far less food to pop on your compost heap.
How do you like to use up leftover Christmas potatoes? Let us know in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.