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Friday, May 13, 2011

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.

birds eye view of boiled potatoes cut into chunks

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!

skillet fried potatoes cut into chunks in a white bowl

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

  13. 14

    I like to make german potato salad with my left over boiled potatoes

  14. 15

    Thanks for this recipe, the easiest and nicest one I found for the extra pile of potatoes I made last night

  15. 16

    I heard leftover cooked potato cant be used because eating them can cause food poisoning and botulisim

  16. 17

    Just make sure to refrigerate them. Don’t eat them if left out overnight.

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