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If you have made to many baked potatoes, try these delicious Leftover Baked Potato Recipes. Never waste another potato with these tasty ideas.

Russet potatoes
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Wasted leftover baked potatoes can almost bring a tear to the eye of a cook who loves them and wants to save money. Throwing out a potato is horrible considering all the wonderful things you can do with them.

There are countless ideas you can run with to turn that leftover supper into a special treat the following day for a delicious side dish.

Here are 10 of the Best Leftover Baked Potato Recipes

Left over doesn’t have to be a bad thing. When you reuse your food in a new way no on will ever know they were leftovers. Using your leftover baked russet potatoes is an easy way to save money and time in the kitchen.

1. Make Twice-Baked Potatoes

This can be done in a myriad of ways and everyone has a different recipe for them, but we love to make these twice baked potatoes.  Mix the potato with chives, onions, cheddar cheese, sour cream and whatever else you might like in your twice baked and replace them into their “bowls” of skin.

When you are ready to eat them, run them through and bake them again. They are even better the second time around.

Twice baked potatoes topped with melted cheese, chopped bacon and chives on a baking sheet

2. Make Potato Salad

Warm or cold turn your spud in a nice potato salad for your next picnic. Take the time to salvage your baked potato and whip up your favorite potato salad recipe instead of tossing them out. Delicious taste and simple ingredients.

Try German Potato Salad and Traditional Potato salad.

Slice potato in a bowl

3. Make Home Fries

There are few things better on the planet than home fries that were salvaged from leftover baked potatoes. They are so easy to make! All you have to do is trim them into wedges, mix them with some onions and peppers and bake them or fry them until crisp.

Your family will be begging for these even when you don’t have baked potatoes left over.

Pan fried potatoes in a cast iron skillet

4. Make Baked Potato Soup

This is my personal favorite and it is so easy to make when you have left over baked potatoes. Simply chop up the potatoes, add in onions, chives and whatever cheeses you might like and whip it up into a nice soup.

Potato soup is one of life’s special pleasures and is remarkably easy to make from leftover baked potatoes. Don’t waste those precious spuds and make Crock pot Chicken Potato soup, Crock pot Potato Soup, or Slow Cooker Sausage Potato Soup.

It is even better served with chopped bacon, green onions

Baked potato soup topped with shredded cheese, bacon and chopped green onions

5. Make Hash-browns

When you have leftover baked potatoes, place them in the fridge. The next day use a potato shredder and you can fry up some delicious hash browns. These turn out with the best texture.

Try this Hamburger Hash Recipe.

6. Add Them To A Casserole

Every busy mom will appreciate the quick meal that can be started off the basis of leftover baked potatoes. Simply chop up the potato, mix it into your favorite casserole dish with chicken or turkey, and put it in the fridge for a quick meal the next day. Some ideas include Chicken Hashbrown Casserole and easy Hamburger casserole or Crock Pot Hamburger Potato Casserole.

Why toss out something that will be so delicious and easy? Some people love potato casserole all by itself without even adding in a meat. We love Cheesy Potato Casserole.

Hamburger casserole topped with melted cheese

7. Pan Fry Them

Oh there isn’t anything more delicious than pan fried potatoes. Slice your baked potato in thick slices (leave the skin on). Then fry them in a skillet with a little oil until they are crisp on each side.

When you use left over baked potatoes these are made in a matter of minutes, so they make the perfect side dish!

8. Make Potato Skins

You can’t really make it any easier when your potatoes are already cooked. Just scoop out the insides and add your favorite toppings.

Place in the oven for a few minutes and your potato skins are ready to eat!

9. Make Mashed Potatoes

You can easily chop up the potatoes, add butter, milk, and salt and make mashed potatoes. My advice though – make sure you heat up the potatoes slightly before trying to mash them. Cold potatoes are harder to mash.

Mashed potatoes in a bowl topped with slice butter

10. Top Them with Your Favorite Meat

We love serving our quick chili recipe or even hot dog chili is delicious over a leftover baked potato.  Another tasty idea is bbq chicken on top of our baked potatoes for a second dinner or an easy lunch.

Other topping ideas is Black Bean in the Crockpot, Crock Pot Pulled Pork, or Crockpot BBQ Chicken Thighs.

Bake potato topped with ground beef, shredded cheese and green chives

Bonus Tip – Freeze Them

Potatoes get a bad wrap when it come to freezing because raw potatoes freeze terribly. However, cooked potatoes actually freeze quite well, especially if you are cooking them in soups and casseroles.

Chop the leftover potatoes up, place in freezer bag, and then freeze them for the next time you need potatoes for your favorite soup.

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  1. Carrie says:

    That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Anna says:

    You can also baked them wrapped in foil in your outdoor grill. Especially in the summer when you dont want to bring a lot of heat into the house by using your oven. Also, I chop up the potatoes, add some onion, and bell peppers. Saute until tender, cover in cheese (your choice of flavor), until melted. Plate them. Top with salsa and sour cream. Yummy!

  3. Claire says:

    God bless you thank you – I thought of another which is to use on top of a creamy bake with cheese? Xx

  4. Melva Jo Kimball says:

    As much as I’ve looked, I can’t find a recipe close to what my Mom and Grandmother made with leftover potatoes. The potatoes were boiled or baked for supper the night before. The next day, they were made into “hacked” potatoes. I suppose that meant they were hacked into pieces. This is my favorite way to use them up. I fry up those potato pieces in butter. Chopped onions can be added to them at this time. Fry until onions are soft and potatoes are lightly browned. Now, add some milk to your skillet, enough to cover the bottom of the pan about a quarter inch. At this time, stir in your seasonings and additions. If I didn’t have fresh onions, I’d use onion powder, plus garlic powder, dried parsley, salt, pepper, leftover ham or bacon, shredded cheese or a few slices of American cheese. Have those additions ready to throw in as soon as you add the milk. Stir, stir, stir until your milk has created a lovely creamy sauce around your potatoes. This is the bomb and so easy to make! When Mom said she was making hacked potatoes, it was announcing a treat!

  5. Carrie says:

    You can keep them left over in the refrigerator for approximately 1 week. I peel mine before freezing. Thanks!

  6. Lynn says:

    How long can you keep leftover baked potatoes in the fridge? We had them last night, and won’t be using them tonight. Can I still use them tomorrow?

    Also, do you freeze with or without skins? Thanks. Lynn

  7. Carrie says:

    Generally, I’ll peel them when they are still warm if I know I don’t need the skin for my leftover ones. However, you can use the potato peeler or soak them in an ice bath to assist with the skin coming off. Thanks.

  8. Dick Metz says:

    What’s the easiest way to peel a cold baked potato?

  9. Carrie says:

    Woohoo! Thanks so much Lydia.

  10. Carrie says:

    Thanks Melinda – I hope it helped!

  11. Carrie says:

    It does!

  12. Heather Hernandez says:

    So many good ways to use them – makes you want to have lots of leftovers on purpose!

  13. Melinda says:

    Oh, I needed this one. Thank you!

  14. Lydia @ The Thrifty Frugal Mom says:

    This is an excellent collection of ideas! I’m taking baked potatoes to a family reunion and am scared I’ll have a bunch leftover….this is perfect timing. 🙂