With the equivalent of 5.8 million whole potatoes binned by UK households every day, potatoes are one of our most wasted foods, according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
And they could have been used to make one of these spud-tastic recipes...
And it’s not just classic leek and potato - chunks of leftover boiled potato or spoons of mash can be cooked into pretty much any soup to thicken it. Because, unless it’s a fancy consomme, no one wants a watery soup. A little mash works wonders in stews and gravy, too.
Throw leftover boiled new potatoes into this vivid rainbow salad. Yep - it really is a salad.
Crisps with real a-peel
Prepping some spuds for mash or roasties? Wash first and keep the peel. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, chilli flakes and little olive oil and roast until crisp. The perfect snack while the rest of your dinner is cooking. Watch our video here.
This traditional Irish potato bread can be made with leftover mashed spuds. So versatile you can serve warm with butter and/or jam, or use to mop up curries and stews. Yum.
Mash ‘n’ freeze
If you buy a big bag of spuds, it’s easy to let a handful go to waste. Make extra mash with your bangers and freeze portions of the mash in sealable plastic bags. Thaw overnight in the fridge or heat gently in a saucepan, adding a little butter, milk or cream if they’re looking a little dry.
Well, kind of. Use up baking potatoes, or warm through any leftover baked spuds, and top with peppers, tom sauce and milky mozzarella.
Really make pizza
We mean it this time, honest! Mashed potato has long been used in pizza dough in southern Italy, while thinly sliced boiled spuds with cheese, herbs and olive oil is a classic topping. Did someone say double carbs?
Aloo kofta gravy
Perfect patties bathing in a subtly spiced Indian sauce. Delish. You can also eat the kofta from this recipe alone, stuffed with minced meat, veggies or cheese.
Get in a bind
No breadcrumbs to bind your meatballs? Use leftover mash instead in recipes like this one for chilli cumin lamb meatballs. Same goes for beef and veggie burgers.
This rich Greek dip is loaded with potatoes - and garlic. This recipe uses leftover mash, while others use stale bread soaked in water. A bit of a food-saving hero all round, really.
Blend into brownies
Yes, really. A little mashed spud bulks out cakes and brownies, so you need less sugar and fat. The potato also gives this recipe a lovely fudgy texture.
Bake a cake
This chocolate mashed potato cake with tahini drizzle is another tempting example of how your leftover mash can create something very beautiful indeed.
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