Try these delicious and easy ways to reuse leftover baked potatoes. Never waste another potato with these tasty ideas.

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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.

Remember, 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 potatoes is an easy way to save money and time in the kitchen.

Here are 10 of the best Leftover Baked Potato Recipes

Twice Baked Potatoes that are prepared on a sheet pan.

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, 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.
a large bowl of german potato salad made from leftover baked potatoes

2. Make Potato Salad

  • Warm or cold, that potato will taste awesome in a nice potato salad at your next picnic. Take the time to salvage your baked potato and whip up your favorite potato salad recipe instead of tossing them out!
  • Try German Potato Salad and Traditional Potato salad.

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.
easy potato soup in bowl

4. Make 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.

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. YUM!
hamburger casserole to use leftover baked potatoes

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.
panfried potatoes with leftover baked potatoes

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!
A large bowl of mashed potatoes topped with butter

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.
Meat topped onto a leftover baked potato topped with shredded cheese as well.

10. Top them with your favorite meat

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

Which of these tasty ways to reuse leftover baked potatoes do you want to try? 

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  1. 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. 🙂

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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!