Making a batch of mashed potatoes isn't as simple a proposition as it may seem. Not that they're complicated to whip up -- that part's actually pretty easy. The challenge lies in cooking just the right amount for the number of mouths you have to feed. Inevitably, you end up with too much, because it's hard to determine the quantity of mashed potatoes a certain number of spuds will create. So, what do you do with the overage?
Well, unlike many other foods, mashed potatoes don't always make great leftovers, because their consistency changes over time -- they're less creamy and smooth once they've been put in the fridge overnight and reheated. However, they work wonderfully as an ingredient in other dishes, from casseroles and meat pies to soups and stews. You can even put them in desserts such as cakes and candy.
Once you get the hang of cooking with leftover mashed potatoes, you'll probably come up with all sorts of uses for them, including using a dollop as a kind of "topper" for other dishes, or as a thickening agent in soups. But to get you started, here are five simple dishes you can create with your day-old spuds.