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Nov 29, 2013 04:04 PM

Any clever ways to use up leftover mashed yams/sweet potatoes?

They are just mashed with a ton of butter and brown sugar. Could you use them as a pie filling or something else? Sorry, not feeling too creative after cooking for the last several days...

Calvin Trillin wrote that the national Thanksgiving dish should be spaghetti carbonara. After the marathon cooking of the last week, I'm with him. Wish I could get away with it!

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  1. I've never done this, but perhaps mixed with cream cheese, maybe some ground up nuts (pecan?), and used as a filling in deep-fried wontons, then topped with powdered sugar.

    Anything that can be done in a pie style can probably be adapted to a form such as a wonton or empanada.

    That might be too labor-intensive (although easier if you can cobble together several people for an assembly line). Are you too tired to come up with an idea or are you looking for something easy to make?

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      1. re: magiesmom

        Just what I was thinking. And you don't have to fry them as much make patties of cold potato and brown them fairly quickly in the skillet with a little oil

          1. re: magiesmom

            Maybe Sueatmo thought you meant deep fry 'em up.

            1. re: LotusRapper

              Yes, exactly. I've even made these in a non-stick frypan using very little oil. They don't brown as much that way, but they are not terribly oily.

      2. re: FoodPopulist

        Sounds intriguing but I'm not a fan of fried stuff. And, in answer to your last question, yes and yes!

      3. Yes, you can use them to make sweet potato pie. If you don't need to bake more at this point, you can freeze your leftover mash, then at some future date, thaw, add spices, cream, and eggs, fill a pie shell, and bake.

        An entree idea, especially if you have leftover creamed onion: brown some sausage, mix with chopped apple, creamed onion, mashed SPs, spoon into halved acorn squash, top with buttered crumbs, and bake till squash is done.

        1. I'm going to try adding mine to pancake batter tomorrow. I think any quick bread like pancakes, waffles, or muffins should be okay.

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          1. re: Tara57

            I'm reporting back to say that the sweet potato and pecan pancakes turned out very nice.

          2. Alternate layers of the sweet potatoes and sliced apples. Top with sliced apples and pecans, and bake.

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            1. re: kitchengardengal

              Minus the pecans, that was a side dish for our T-day, with brown sugar spread onto the apple layers. Good stuff.