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Friday, May 13

Leftover Boiled Potato Problem Solved!

I know that leftover boiled potatoes is not a frequent problem for most of us. It isn’t for me. But I’m writing this post anyway because I’m feeling all proud and stuff. Occasionally I end up with leftover boiled red potatoes sitting in my fridge. We always have them with Swedish Meatballs (whether homemade or from the Ikea freezer section), and I almost always end up cooking more than we end up eating.

We had Swedish meatballs last weekend (the Ikea variety) and have had about 8 boiled red potatoes sadly sitting in our refrigerator ever since. They just wanted to be eaten, but I honestly didn’t have anything to eat them with!

Then today a lightbulb finally went off in my head. Home fries! I quickly cut the cold, boiled potatoes up into chunks and within minutes we had perfectly cooked home fries. Anna and I ate them alongside french toast made with stale bread. I was feeling quite resourceful…and our bellies were very happy! Plus, they cooked so fast. It was fabulous!

Leftover Boiled Potato Problem Solved!
From me…this is not really a recipe, more me telling you what I did with my leftover boiled red potatoes
Cuisine: Side Dish
  • Leftover boiled red potatoes, cut into bite-sized chunks, skin on
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Olive oil
  1. Pour a bit of olive oil into a skillet over medium to medium-high heat. When skillet is hot, add potatoes. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper, then evenly with a bit less paprika and garlic powder. Cook until heated through, less than 5 minutes. Stir occasionally during cooking time.

One more thing…I know most of you are still waiting for Spring to arrive, and I feel a tinge of guilt whenever I mention my CSA, but I just have to say this: the red potatoes we receive from our CSA taste way better than the ones I used to by at the store. Another 10 points for joining a CSA!


  1. 1

    Yum great idea, I have been in this situation before, but mine was just used for mashed potatoes.

  2. 2

    I always cook extra boiled potatoes just so I can make home Fries!

  3. 4
    Wendy L

    I like smoked paprika on my home fries, it makes them taste like barbeque potato chips.

  4. 5

    I’m with Rebekah, potato salad. Also you could add other things to make a hash, or fry up with some sausage, pepper, onions and scrambled eggs for breakfast burritos.

  5. Roesti (traditional Swiss dish): roughly grate the potatoes, heat butter in a skillet, add potatoes, flip over after ca. 10 minutes when a nice brown crusthas formed, add more butter if needed, you can also add cheese, onion, bacon, vegetables ..

    Or use your potatoes for a frittata or tortilla.

    I always boil some extra potatoes, saves time and energy.

    • Jane Maynard

      yes, I think I’m going to stop accidentally making extras and boil more on purpose – you’re right, a huge timesaver! I seriously don’t know what my mental block was until now… 😉

  6. 7

    Cream and butter and cubed left over red potatoes! Yum,

  7. 8

    Just in case you’re not in the mood for home fries…

  8. 9

    We always melt cheddar cheese over leftover potatoes. It’s the most coveted leftover in our house, with cheesy leftover rice at a close second. Most times we make extra potatoes just so we can have leftovers.

  9. 10

    I’m going to be posting a recipe for healthy baked samosas soon, which use leftover boiled potatoes…my kids LOVE them. 🙂

  10. 11

    thanks for the great tip Jane, I had some in the fridge and wasn’t really inspires…they were so yummy!

  11. 12
    Dolly Heiss

    Thank you Jane, I am going to fix that dish and take to a church supper. I can just imagine everyone will love it.Thank you. I always have a hard time thinking up something to take to our church gatherings. This is a great idea.

  12. here is a tried and true favorite i like to do with boiled potato… cut potato into chunky bits dice 1 onion dice 2 rashers of streaky bacon and combine in a skillet with a large knob of butter the diced bacon and onion till onion is cooked finally add the chunky potato toss and turn till heated thru…..nice as a side dish for breakfast etc

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