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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.

              1. Mash with a bit of honey or sugar, and combine with candied chestnuts for a classic Japanese sweet?

                1. I don't know for sure but I'd bet you could take a butternut squash soup recipe and substitute this for that. Which would mainly mean adding chicken broth and other vegetables, then pureeing, plus any seasonings you like.

                  1. Besides soup, I also like to make a "Mexican Shepherds Pie": filling made with spiced up ground turkey, topped with the sweet potatoes. Sometimes I make a crust out of pureed stuffing. I haven't developed an exact recipe, just depends on what's leftover, you can mix some veggies in there too.

                    1. Sweet potato biscuits, pancakes or waffles. I posted this on another thread, but my future MIL made a delicious sweet potato bread for turkey day that had walnuts in it. I ate nearly a whole loaf it was that good. There is a recipe here on chow that you could use.

                      You could make a Jerk style chicken stew with the sweet potato, chicken stock, coconut milk as the base then add in jerk seasoning, thyme, cumin, diced cooked (or raw) chicken (turkey would work here too), scallions, celery, onions & garlic. If you like heat, diced jalapeno or other hot pepper and some black pepper (and salt). Black beans and or drained corn would work if you wanted to add something extra. If you need a thickener, a slurry of cornstarch & water. Simmer until hot.

                      I'm making this sometime this week myself with the cubed cooked sweet potatoes I have leftover from turkey day

                      1. How about as the topping to a Shepherd's Pie? I'd use Thanksgiving-type flavors for the base: ground turkey, string beans, etc. Sweet and salty, with lots of different textures.