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Leftover Mashed Potato Bread

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This Leftover Mashed Potato Bread is a great way to use up your leftover mashed potatoes! Use any flavor of mashed potatoes and it will always turn out great!


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I’d like to introduce you to my new obsession!

Leftover Mashed Potato Bread.

I cannot get enough of this bread.

Now before you go asking me a bunch of questions, let’s see if I can answer them here first.


Leftover Mashed Potato Bread - Bread in pans before rising


You can use ANY FLAVOR of leftover mashed potatoes.

Sour cream and chive, baked potato, bacon and green onion or even caramelized onion mashed potatoes.

Or you can even use just plain, nothing added, mashed potatoes.

It all works.


Leftover Mashed Potato Bread - bread slices are stacked up and fanned out with mashed potatoes next to it.


The amazing thing is that what ever flavor of mashed potatoes you use, you really wont be able to tell in this recipe.

The mashed potato flavor is so mild you wont be able to taste them.

Despite there being mashed potatoes in this bread, it’s a sweet bread.


Leftover Mashed Potato Bread - zoomed out of bread and slices.


This Leftover Mashed Potato bread is sweet and fluffy and oh so yummy!

So far everyone who tries it is SHOCKED that there are mashed potatoes in it at all!

This Leftover Mashed Potato Bread also works great as Leftover Mashed Potato Rolls!

We all know homemade yeast rolls are the first thing to disappear at the dinner table.


Leftover Mashed Potato Bread - zoomed in photo of stacked bread slices


So the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas or even Easter when you are eating leftovers, turn your leftover mashed potatoes into more rolls or bread!

My kids love this bread, my husband loves this bread and all the teachers at my daughters school love this bread.

This Leftover Mashed Potato Bread is something that I love all year round!


Leftover Mashed Potato Bread - sliced bread on cutting board.


This recipe is simple, straight forward and delicious!

You’ll soon be hooked and calling it your new favorite bread too!


Yield: 2 Loaves

Leftover Mashed Potato Bread

Leftover Mashed Potato Bread - sliced bread on cutting board.

This Leftover Mashed Potato Bread is a great way to use up your leftover mashed potatoes! Use any flavor of mashed potatoes and it will always turn out great!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Inactive Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 cups leftover mashed potatoes (any flavor), hot, cold or luke warm all work!
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons hot milk
  • 1 Tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons + 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a mixer with a dough hook, blend mashed potatoes and milk.
  2. Let cool to a warm but not hot temperature.
  3. Add yeast, water and 2 Tablespoons of sugar. Mix well and cover with a dish towel. Let mixture sit for 5 - 10 minutes, allowing yeast to poof and activate.
  4. Add eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, and melted butter. Blend well.
  5. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time until all flour has been mixed in or until dough no longer sticks to the sides of bowl.
  6. Coat a large bowl with cooking spray. Add dough and then spray top of dough with cooking spray. Cover with a dish towel and let sit for 1 hour in a draft free spot or until mixture is doubled in size.
  7. After mixture has doubled, take all your anger out on it and punch it a few times.
  8. Prepare two bread pans with cooking spray or a liner and set aside.
  9. Cut dough in half and work half the dough to shape into a loaf of bread, tucking sides under as needed.
  10. Place dough in bread pan.
  11. Repeat for second half of dough.
  12. Cover with towel and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  13. Preheat oven to 350*F
  14. Place both bread pans in oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  15. After 45 minutes, cover with foil and bake for additional 15 - 20 minutes or until dough sounds hollow when you thump on the top.
  16. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before turning out of pan and allowing to cool to room temperature on a cooling rack.


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Sunday 9th of July 2023

I used your recipe last Thanksgiving to make bread and something akin to drop biscuits and they were both great but the biscuits in particular were amazing. I ate so many of them. Lol I shared a good bit with a friend. But, hot, right out of the oven- they were ephenomenal!


Thursday 28th of September 2023

Jenny thanks for sharing! I'd love to know your recipe for the drop biscuits. Was it using this dough?


Wednesday 14th of September 2022

This!! This is forever my go to sandwich bread recipe! I have to tell you I have struggled finding a basic white bread recipe that my family likes. We do a lot of toast and sandwiches and every recipe I’ve tried has just not had the right texture. When I would toast it it would be too hard and I always feel like the bread is too sturdy (for lack of a better word) for sandwiches. I had decided that this leftover potato bread would be the last recipe I would try and if it didn’t work then I would be going back to store bought.

Omg it is amazing! The toast is so crispy and still so soft! And it makes a great sandwich bread texture! The flavor has depth, ya’ll!! My search is over and I am never going back to store bought!!

Thank you so much for this recipe!! Just wonderful!!


Monday 11th of July 2022

Has anyone had to adjust the temp for this? My bread looked too brown at the end of 45 minutes, but it didn't sound done. I laid foil across and let it go15 minutes. It's really dark and smells burnt. I made the rolls yesterday and they were delicious.


Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Connie, each oven cooks differently. Perhaps your oven cooks hot compared to mine. Try lowering the temperature 25* and see if that helps. Sorry it's coming out dark.


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

This bread is SO delicious! I've made it at least ten times since finding the recipe and everyone can't get enough of it. I double the sugar and add raisins and it tastes exactly like the sweet Easter bread we Ukrainians bake for the holiday. I either braid it or bake it in tall cylinders. The first time my mom tasted it she thought I bought it at a local European bakery and commented, "wow, they finally got their Easter bread spot on." :)


Monday 4th of July 2022

What?! Thank you so much for the comment! Now I want to double the sugar and add raisins! Thanks for the suggestions and the wonderful comment!


Sunday 12th of December 2021

To make dinner rolls you would just roll them and put in a pan and let rise for the same time I assume? I froze my mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving so they will make perfect dinner rolls.


Monday 13th of December 2021

Yes! Here's a link to how to turn this into rolls and bake times!

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