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The Best Way to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Turn them into pasta, of course
Mashed Potato
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If leftover mashed potatoes is a phrase that's actually in your vocabulary, you've automatically done yourself a favor by not scarfing them down the day of. After you've made all the leftover sandwiches and plates of turkey and sides you can handle, here's another way to clean out your refrigerator:

Turn leftover mashed potatoes into homemade gnocchi.

For every 2 cups of mashed potatoes, you'll need 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1 lightly whisked egg. It's easy to scale the recipe if you're using more potatoes—there’s no such thing as too much gnocchi.

Put the flour in a large bowl and add the mashed potatoes to the center. Then, in the center of the potatoes, create a well for the egg. Depending on how much you seasoned your original mashed potatoes, add ½ teaspoon to a full teaspoon of salt, then stir it with a fork so everything comes together.

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Knead the mixture, adding flour as necessary, then roll out ropes of dough and cut them into ½-inch pieces. Cook in boiling water for 2 minutes (until they float), and all that's left to do is drown them in brown butter and enjoy.

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