If you have ever had a great deal of mashed potatoes left after a big dinner, you can opt to keep them for later use. Grilled Smashed Potatoes can be made in different ways. This can be a money saving technique and can add creativity and great flavor to your next meal.

If you choose to make them from leftover mashed potatoes, it is an easy option. Someone out there may not know how to make mashed potatoes to begin with, so follow this simple recipe initially to get started.

Wash and peel or leave the peels on, either way they are wonderful! Six potatoes works for a family of four. Cut the potatoes into quarter size pieces. Place the potatoes into two quarts of warm water. Add salt as desired, usually 1/2 teaspoon. Boil the water in a large cooking pot on the stove top at medium-high heat. This usually takes about 1/2 hour.

Pour the hot water and potatoes into a strainer in the sink. Then pour the potatoes (minus the water) into a mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup of any type of milk, regular milk, almond, rice, soy or whatever style of milk that you prefer.

Add 1/4 cup butter.

Using a mixer, you can start out on a slow speed, then once the potatoes are a basically mixed, then you can whip them up a little more. Depending on the size of the potatoes that you used, you may wish to add a little more milk if they appear too dry. Let cool if you would like to grill them smashed.

This will be the standard type of potato that you will be grilling. Once the mashed potatoes are cooled, you can scoop them up with an ice cream scoop and make them into patties, much like a hamburger patty.

You should place the patty in tinfoil loosely wrapped, but completley wrapped up. Then take a smashed potato patty and place it on a preheated patio grill. Leave on the grill for 10 minutes, then turn over for another 10 minutes.

The smashed potato patties can be changed by adding different ingredients such as the following:

Sour cream and garlic salt potato patties – These items can be mixed into the cooled potato patty before you grill.

Grated Pepper Jack cheese or Cheddar cheese patties – Taste great if it is mixed into the patties before grilled.

Spiced patties – Add All Spice or Cajun seasoning before grilling.

Onion patties, onions, brush on olive oil, sprinkle garlic before grilling.

Another Grilled Smashed Potato Recipe

You can also bake your potato first. Heat up the oven to 400, and wrap each potato in tinfoil. Take a fork and puncture the potato (after it is in the tinfoil) to let steam escape while cooking. Bake the potatoes for 45 minutes. Test to see if the potato is soft by sticking a fork into it. If the fork goes in easily, the potato is done. Place the potatoes on the stove top to cool. Once cooled, you can scoop out the potato inside and place it into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup butter and mix with a hand mixer.

Take the potatoes and form potato patties, and you may add your ingredients to taste at this time. You may also wish to grill this on a skillet in your kitchen if you do not wish to grill outdoors. There are also panini grills and other indoor counter top grills that are wonderful to use. If you do not use an outdoor patio grill, you do not need to use tinfoil. This creates a wonderful light crust on the outside of the smashed grilled potato.

You can also make a complete meal out of the grilled smashed potato, by adding pre cooked meat fragments, french style green beans, with french onions, (the little crispy kind that you use on top of green bean cassarole.) You mix all of these things together and then form your patty and grill. Serve with melon balls and garlic bread and you will feel like you have eaten gourmet! A little wine couldn’t hurt. Enjoy.