Leftover Mashed Potato Waffles Recipe


  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes (room temperature is best)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or your favorite kind)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives or green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray or melted butter for greasing the waffle iron

Optional Flavor Boosters:

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • A few tablespoons of crumbled cooked bacon


  • Prep your waffle iron: Preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Grease it lightly with cooking spray or melted butter.
  • Mix the batter: In a large bowl, whisk together the egg. Add the mashed potatoes, flour, cheese, chives (or green onions), salt, pepper, and any optional spices you’d like. Stir until well combined. The batter will be thick.
  • Cook the waffles: Scoop about 1/2 to 2/3 cup of batter (depending on your waffle iron’s size) onto the hot waffle iron. Spread the batter gently to an even thickness. Close the lid and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 4-6 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy: Remove the waffle carefully and serve immediately. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Top with a fried or poached egg and a sprinkle of cheese.
  • Add a dollop of sour cream and additional chives or green onions.
  • Drizzle with warm maple syrup for a sweet twist.
  • Enjoy with crispy bacon or sausage on the side.
  • Get creative with toppings like chili and cheese sauce.


  • If your mashed potatoes are very thick, add a tablespoon or two of milk to thin the batter slightly.
  • If you don’t have leftover mashed potatoes, make a fresh batch!
  • For extra crispy waffles, let them cool on a wire rack for a minute or two before serving.
  • Leftover waffles can be frozen and reheated in a toaster or toaster oven.

Enjoy your delicious and versatile potato waffles!


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