Leftover Mash Potato Gnocchi

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. For 2 big reasons.

One: You get to eat all the yummy Thanksgiving food! I love the way my plate melts together into this perfect harmony of potatoes, stuffing, corn, green bean casserole, and turkey, all smothered in gravy. However, these are the only foods that can touch on my plate. Any dessert, cold salad or veggies, they must have their own plate. Mixing cold food and hot food sends my gag reflux into over drive. I truly am my mother’s daughter.

Two: Time with Family.  What I really love about Thanksgiving is that it is one of the only holidays that don’t require some type of gift giving.  The day is purely meant for families to spend time together. Something I love! It is always fun to flip through all the ads with my aunts, and then play games with my cousins. A day of bonding in the house all cozy with my grandparents wood fireplace willing the house is perfect!


Now with all the holidays there is always a plethora of leftovers. If you are like me, there really is only so many times you can reheat the same meal and eat it in a row.  I like to explore new ways to use leftovers without actually having to repeat Thanksgiving dinner.

Gnocchi is my go to for leftover mashed potatoes.  Homemade gnocchi seems so daunting when you think of making potatoes, then cooling them, then making a dough, then rolling them, then finally cooking them. What sounds exhausting just typing it. With this recipe, a large portion of the time and work are eliminated because you already have your potatoes ready to go.

Seriously, I made this gnocchi in the normal time it would take you to make boxed pasta. Since the gnocchi cooks so fast, you have the boil and cook time of a boxed pasta to prep your dough for the water.

Best part about this, you could even smother them in your leftover gravy and they will taste like a whole different meal.


Don’t those look little gnocchi bites look like perfect pillows of deliciousness?

If you wan’t in the mood for any more gravy, then I would recommend tossing your cooked and drained gnocchi into a hot pan of browned butter and crisp up each side. Then add in some chopped sage or rosemary. Easy and perfect homemade meal.

If you are looking for something more filling {or different than your thanksgiving meal}, you can try a few of these recipes I found on pinterest:

Gnocchi Sweet Peas and Prosciutto

Gnocchi Casserole

Cheeseburger Gnocchi

Crispy Gnocchi with Basil Pesto


I  hope you test out this recipe on your family and friends {or hoard the yummy gnocchi to yourself}.  They will be very impressed with your resourcefulness and cooking skills.




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Leftover Mash Potato Gnocchi

Leftover Mash Potato Gnocchi


  • 2 cups Leftover Mashed Potatoes, chilled {smooth, no lumps}
  • 3/4-1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Salt {optional}


  1. Place chilled leftover potatoes, 3/4 cup flour and egg yolk and stir until combined. Season if potatoes are not seasoned. Add more flour if dough is still "sticky". Depending on your potatoes you may need up to 1 1/4 cup total of flour. Do not exceed 1 1/4. If to much flour is added, you can add a teaspoon of milk at a time to incorporate all the flour.
  2. On floured surface, roll dough into a large ball. Divide into 8 sections.
  3. Roll each section into a long "rope" and cut into 1" pieces Optional: Roll the prongs of a fork over each section of dough to add groves.
  4. Add gnocchi to a pot of boiling water. Cook until the float for 3 minutes.
  5. Serve with your favorite sauce or fry with melted butter and herbs.
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Country girl turned urbanite. Finding ways to mess up my kitchen, keep my country roots and explore all that city living offers!

10 thoughts on “Leftover Mash Potato Gnocchi

  1. Wow this is such a good idea that I’ve never thought about doing. I’m obsessed with making the most of leftovers so this could definitely be something that I pick up over the Christmas holidays.

    1. Gnocchi can replace most pasta noodles, and shine as the main dish of a meal. Check out the ideas I shared in the post for ways to use gnocchi for dinner! 🙂

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