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Leftover Scalloped Potatoes - What to do?

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Valyn Oct 30, 2009 06:34 AM

I have some leftover scalloped potatoes (potatoes, swiss cheese, milk, onions from Julia Child). What can I do with them? Soup? Hash?

Would love to hear ideas and get any recipes.

Thanks!

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    LJS Oct 30, 2009 06:40 AM

    I think the soups would work well, diluting with a good chicken stock, blending and then heating VERY GENTLY (boiling wil clump the leftover cheese into globs). A hash might work, too, once again being very respectful of that cheese and heating very slowly and gently to create a nice, cheesey crust.

    What might be fun and a little different is to mash the scalloped potatoes into rough chunks, use half to line a pie plate, fill with a nice blend of browned seasoned meat (ground pork or beef or turkey), top with remaining potato for a crust and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes: voila, a twist on shepherd's pie!

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      dmd_kc Oct 30, 2009 07:06 AM

      Not a recipe, but they're best rewarmed in a nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. They'll get a nice crust on the bottom that I like better than the original serving.

      This is also hands-down the best way to reheat pizza.

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        alkapal Oct 30, 2009 07:23 AM

        yes, i'd agree. keep them as scalloped, but heat them in a skillet. the crust is the best part!!!

        ps, i love scalloped potatoes i've made with jalapeño jack and cream. oooh la la.

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          Full tummy Oct 30, 2009 08:46 PM

          And serve with scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast. Yum!

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        Fritish Oct 30, 2009 09:02 AM

        They are good for breakfast with a fried egg. Maybe a dash of hot sauce if you are into that.

        dmd_kc is right about the rewarming method. Though if you have the oven on for some reason (or have a toaster oven), I still like that method for reheating it. I rarely reheat in my oven because it's a bit overkill for one serving, but if I had the oven on to make some bread or something, I'll ride out the heat to re-heat my potatoes.

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          jcattles Oct 30, 2009 10:01 AM

          One of my favorite food bloggers "repurposed" her Gratin dauphinois into soup, I think it sounds amazing:

          http://thursdaynightsmackdown.com/200...

          Warning: There is some strong language in her blog, but if that doesn't bother you, head over-she's a hoot to read.

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            LJS Oct 30, 2009 11:18 AM

            Great blog; thanks for introducing this!

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              jcattles Oct 30, 2009 12:22 PM

              I know this is off topic but I love her blog- especially her liveblogging for Top Chef. She cracks me up. It's the one blog i look at everyday.

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              Valyn Oct 30, 2009 01:46 PM

              Ding ding ding... we have a winner! I'm making the gratin soup with leeks, but probably not the grilled cheese. Maybe a salad instead. Thanks JCattles for the link - an excellent read!

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                smarnell Feb 27, 2014 12:08 PM

                omg she is hilarious! thanks for the recommend!

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                HillJ Oct 30, 2009 11:24 AM

                Butterfly a large chicken breast and place a generous helping of your leftover scalloped potatoes inside the "pocket" along with chopped spinach and you have a wonderful stuffing. The potatoes and cheese, milk, onions will keep the chicken nicely moist.

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                  jcattles Oct 30, 2009 12:22 PM

                  that sounds amazing.

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                    just_M Oct 30, 2009 12:26 PM

                    M mm, that sounds delicious. Maybe add a little ham for a kinda cordon bleu?

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                      HillJ Oct 30, 2009 12:28 PM

                      Great idea! Lots of possibilities on this one. Even leftover baked ham butterflied and stuffed with the scalloped potatoes would be tasty repurpose.

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                    ebelgian Oct 30, 2009 02:14 PM

                    add some cooked vegetables such as green beans or peas and carrots or asparagus or broccoli florets and reheat carefully so as not to curdle the cheese.

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                      souschef Oct 30, 2009 08:45 PM

                      Along the same lines, add peas plus prosciutto or cooked pancetta/bacon.

                    2. pikawicca Oct 30, 2009 02:39 PM

                      Chop them, put in a large oven-proof skillet with a decent amount of olive oil, cooked meat of veg, if you like, cover with lots of beaten eggs and bake at 350 until set. This produces a Tortilla Espagnol-ish sort of dish, good either hot, warm, or room temp. This is a good dish for feeding overnight guests in the morning.

                      1. Emme Oct 30, 2009 07:36 PM

                        Use them to top pizza, along with some garlic, rosemary or tarragon, sauteed wild mushrooms, chicken or bacon...

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                          Valyn Nov 2, 2009 08:36 AM

                          To close the loop on this, I made potato soup and it was great. I roughly chopped the cold potatoes and put then in a non-stick saucepan, then covered them with chicken stock. Brought that to a boil then simmered it for about 10 minutes to get it hot and runny. Then I used a blender to puree it all, and put it back in the pot; it needed a LOT of liquid to get to thick soup consistency.

                          I also sauteed up some scallions until they were turning brown and put them in the soup - tasty! My husband requested that next time I not puree all the potatoes, as he likes his soup a bit chunky.

                          Now I have leftover potato soup, but that freezes well - I just had some for lunch!

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                            alkapal Nov 2, 2009 01:41 PM

                            """""Now I have leftover potato soup"""""
                            ~~~~~
                            now, your next thread is, "what can i do with lots of frozen potato soup?" LOL.

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                              souschef Nov 3, 2009 04:24 AM

                              Can you dehydrate it and make scalloped potatoes ?

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                                alkapal Nov 3, 2009 01:06 PM

                                tee hee!!!

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                              HillJ Nov 3, 2009 05:14 AM

                              Valyn, next you can go in the direction of a hot dip served with a variety of crusty, earthy breads. Just add cream cheese to your leftover soup, placed in an oven proof dish and heat til bubbly. No need to re-freeze.

                            3. toodie jane Nov 2, 2009 10:03 PM

                              Grill Cheese it!!

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/663990

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                                ladyl46 Apr 2, 2013 05:14 PM

                                I chopped up my ham and scalloped potatoes, made patties and fried them in a hot skillet with a little butter til crispy, then have it with my fried egg! Delicious!

                                1. boyzoma Feb 27, 2014 02:08 PM

                                  Spray muffin cups with non stick spray. Layer scalloped potatoes and diced Ham, repeat. Top with fresh cheese and bake until heated through. Mini scalloped potatoes and ham. Have a side of cream corn. (I always keep leftover ham slices of approx. 3-4 slices in vacuum sealed bags in the freezer. Perfect for these instances)

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                                    alkapal Mar 4, 2014 12:41 PM

                                    sounds really neat and delicious!

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