Leftover Mashed Potato Gnocchi

If you have leftover mashed potatoes, turn them into yummy potato dumplings known as gnocchi. It’s simple and fun!

2 cups mashed potatoes
1 cup flour (approx)
1 egg
dash of salt

Combine ingredients in a large bowl until it forms a ball of dough. Add more flour if dough is sticky. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and divide into 3 sections. Roll sections into long snakes with about a 3/4″ diameter. Cut each snake into 1″ pieces. Place them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Take a fork and press down on the tops of each piece to create ridges (you can skip this step if you’re short on time).  Place gnocchi one at a time into a large pot of boiling water until they rise to the top. Remove from water and serve with your favourite pasta sauce.

I’ve tried gnocchi before, but I often find the dough is very sticky and hard to work with, and I inevitably need to use more flour, which can make the gnocchi heavy and chewy. I think maybe the problem was that I used mashed potatoes that had just been cooked. This time, I happened to have leftover mashed potatoes in my fridge, so I tried making gnocchi with it and it worked so much better! I didn’t need nearly as much flour, and the resulting gnocchi were perfectly light and fluffy. My family loved them too. I topped them with a basic homemade meat sauce and a little parmesan cheese. Sorry the photo isn’t that great, it’s getting harder to get good shots now that the sun goes down so much earlier. I often take a photo of leftovers the next day in the daylight, but this gnocchi didn’t last until the next day. We gobbled up every last bit of it that night. I know what I’ll be making with my leftover mashed potatoes from now on!


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Leftover Mashed Potato Gnocchi — 11 Comments

  1. I’ve been meaning to make gnocchi, but I’ve always been worried about it taking forever. But if I had the leftover mashed potatoes ready to go then voila! I love this idea. Looks like you have a happy family.

  2. Great posting. I have at least 2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge as I type! My mother-in-law’s gnocchi are heavenly pillows and I love them. My husband and I have tried to make them but our gnocchi do not meet our expectations. MiL says to use as little flour as possible, which your posting confirms. I find her instructions sometimes challenging because there are lines like “wait until it feels right”. Dinner plan for tomorrow made!

  3. Great post inideed! I just made this.They were heavenly! Very light. I made them with left 0ver garlic mashed potatoes and all the flour I had. It must have been quite enough because it was too sticky to roll out. I spooned them out on a floured surface twenty at a time and let them dry a little and dropped them in the boiling water after flattening each with a fork. So light! My fave ever. Thanks for giving the courage to try this. Great pic, by the way. What a cute kid; I couldn’t think of a greater endorsement of your gniocchi. They took less than a minute to cook. Is that normal? thanks again and have a good holiday.

  4. Sorry, fix of last post.
    Great post indeed! I just made this.They were heavenly! Very light. I made them with left over garlic mashed potatoes and all the flour I had. It must not have been quite enough because it was too sticky to roll out. I spooned them out on a floured surface twenty at a time and let them dry a little and dropped them in the boiling water after flattening each with a fork. So light! My fave ever. Thanks for giving the courage to try this. Great pic, by the way. What a cute kid. They took less than a minute to cook. Is this normal?

  5. Yummmmmm!!! I’m sat here munching a bowl as I type, it tastes real good. What a great way to use up mashed tater – thank you xx

    PS I LOVED making them too – who says you shouldn’t play with your food!

  6. I had leftover mashed potatoes from Christmas that were exceptional on their own and made this recipe. I made 1 and a half times the recipe and the gnocchi came out fantastic. I will make these every time I have leftover mashed potatoes. May try freezing them, if anyone has tried please post. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  7. I had leftover cream cheese mashed potatoes and made these with them! they turned out great! I boiled them just until they floated and then fried them in butter with onion and bread crumbs. The hubby said I could definitely make them again, haha! Thanks for the great, quick and easy recipe!

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