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Apr 14, 2007 08:33 AM

Left over cooked potatoes....

Can these be frozen? And, if so, do you defrost before cooking/baking/roasting?
Or do you use them frozen?

Thanks for the input/advice...

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  1. freezing really destroys the texture. unless you put them in some kind of stew or soup where that won't matter so much.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Agreed. Plus you can use them in so many ways, you may not even notice that you're eating leftover potatoes for the 5th straight day :)

    2. Yeah, freezing seems to do weird things to the texture of potatoes.

      Make fritatta or a Spanish tortilla! Great for using up leftovers.

      1. Mash them up, add a bit of milk and shredded cheese. Pan fry in a bit of oil for some yummy potato cakes! Can serve for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

        You definitely don't want to freeze. Totally ruins the texture.

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        1. re: QueenB

          Or an even easier/healthier variant of potato cakes: add a bit of yoghurt and some seasonings and put into very lightly oiled muffin tins, bake at375 to let them get nice and browned. (Can even add an egg and a little flour in the mix if you really want more "cakey" cakes) I make these with dill and parmesan, but could also do curry, or any number of other variants depending what you want them as a side for :)

          1. re: another_adam

            Or dice some up, with a few diced onions/veggies and some leftover meat, make a quick hash!

            1. re: aurora50

              I started useing them in makeing my potoato salad, one day we will have
              leftover mashed potatoes, so I make potato salad out of that. and then once
              a week I make my refrigerator soup, all the leftovers in the frig. You will be
              surprised with what you can come up with like that.

          2. My mom never made fried potatoes from raw, usually boiled, and occasionally from baked (which I did not like). While I seldom serve just plain boiled potatoes, I do like to parboil them in chunks, toss in oil and seasonings and then roast with chicken or whatever. The leftovers get refrigerated until the weekend, when we do egg breakfasts, and then I dice them up and fry them, sometimes with a little chopped onion and hot pepper.

            As for leftover mashed, those get put to the same use, but as potato cakes, fried on the griddle. One of my favorite things to see in front of me at breakfast is a potato cake with a nice fried egg on top!

            1. Absolutely cannot freeze anything with potatoes...Make potato pancakes or a baked mashed potato casserole, or a shepard's pie....