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Leftover Mashed Potato Rolls

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Leftover Mashed Potato Rolls are a sweet and delicious way to use up any flavor of leftover mashed potatoes.  Our #1 favorite way to use up leftovers!


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Never sure what to do with your leftover mashed potatoes?  How about these Leftover Mashed Potato Rolls.

I’ve made these so many times with a variety of mashed potato flavors and they turn out perfect every time.

The amazing thing is that no matter what flavor your mashed potatoes were, these Leftover Mashed Potato rolls turn out absolutely delicious.


Leftover Mashed Potato Rolls - zoomed out photo taken from above of rolls in pan and bowl of mashed potatoes next to them


It also doesn’t matter what you’ve put in your mashed potatoes.

Cream Cheese, Butter, garlic, herbs, broth, they turn out amazing.

I’m sure the term potato rolls isn’t a new concept.  In fact, it’s what I based this recipe on.  One of my favorite potato roll recipe.


Leftover Mashed Potato Rolls - zoomed in angled shot of rolls in pan


However, since I’m always recipe experimenting, I really wanted to see how they’d turnout with full blown leftover mashed potatoes.

The rolls are sweet, flavorful and work great for a roll or a bread.

The texture of these Leftover Mashed Potato Rolls is soft and not at all dense and hard.

And if I do say so myself, these taste so much better than those store bought Hawaiian Rolls.


Leftover Mashed Potato Rolls - bowl of mashed potatoes propped up against pan of rolls


Everyone raves about those store bought rolls.  But these Leftover Mashed Potato Rolls taste so much better.

And can you just imagine for a moment, how good these will taste with a slice of leftover ham or turkey inside, dipped in gravy?

Or as a side dish to your next Sunday meal?

Since Thanksgiving, I’ve made these rolls several times.


Leftover Mashed Potato Rolls - spoon of mashed potatoes with rolls behind it


I just can’t get enough. They are so sweet and I suspect would even work well (though I’ve not tested the theory yet, as a cinnamon roll too – since the dough is sweet.

Anyway, there are so many things you can do with this dough.  The best part though is that it’s a great way to use up your leftover mashed potatoes.

Re-purpose them into a completely different flavor and side dish!


Yield: Approximately 21 Rolls

Leftover Mashed Potato Bread and Rolls

Leftover Mashed Potato Rolls - zoomed in angled shot of rolls in pan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Inactive Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 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 flour


In a mixer with a dough hook, blend mashed potatoes and milk.
Let cool to a warm but not hot temperature.
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.
Add eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, and melted butter. Blend well.
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.
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.
After mixture has doubled, take all your anger out on it and punch it a few times.
Prepare a 9x13 casserole dish and a 9x9 casserole dish for rolls by spraying them generously with cooking spray.
Grab approximately 3 Tablespoons of dough and slowly pull ends down and under the dough creating a ball. Place this in the greased casserole dish. You should be able to get 3 across and 4 down, making 12 in the 9x13 pan and 3 across and 3 down in the 9x9 pan, making 9 in the small pan.
Cover prepared dough with a dish towel and let rise again for another hour.
Preheat oven to 350*F
Bake rolls for 25 minutes UNCOVERED or until tops of rolls are golden.
Remove from oven and rub butter on top of rolls.
Serve immediately.


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Tuesday 8th of November 2022

You can also divide and freeze them in plastic wrap and foil. For about three months or sooner. Need dinner rolls.

Jo Wells

Saturday 19th of March 2022

I don't have a dough hook, can I still make these rolls?


Wednesday 31st of August 2022

Yes you can! Simple make as directed until the flour is added. Then you'll have to knead by hand. Good luck!


Sunday 12th of December 2021

After you make the dough can you roll them freeze them and take them out then let them rise and bake thanks


Monday 13th of December 2021

Yes. I have before. Though I will admit it's been a year or two since I last did it so I can't remember exact details. But I froze them on a cookie sheet, then once frozen (2 hours) I put them in a freezer bag. Then when I needed them, greased a casserole dish, popped them in and let them rise. Then baked as directed. Don't quote me, but I *think* that's what I did. I hope it works out for you!


Saturday 22nd of May 2021

I have done this recipe before. And rolled the dough into small balls and place three (balls) into greased cup cake pans for cove dinner rolls. And they turned out great. And freezed the leftover dough in clear rap. For about 3-4 months. Take out let stand about 1hour to thaw and kneed work in to balls and put in greased pan let raise, bake 350 degree until tops golden brown,.


Sunday 18th of July 2021

Thank you so much for your tips Donna!


Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

I've been making your rolls for the past few years, my family loves them. At first l thought it was a coincidence my husband & daughter saved exactly 1 cup of mashed potatoes for "later", l realize now it was a set up 😂.

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