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    Potato & Cheddar Quesadilla

    Potato & Cheddar Quesadilla. Photo by AmyMCGS

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    15 mins

    5 mins

    10 mins

    AmyMCGS's Note:

    Here's my favorite way to use up left-over mashed potatoes. If your mashed potatoes are flavored with garlic, onions, etc. it's all the better. Measurements are approximate since I usually throw this together to use up leftovers in the fridge. If my potatoes are plain, I have been known to add a little chicken bouillon to give them more flavor. Serving size may vary- my two year-old DD and I share one of these for lunch. This definitely is not a "diet" meal, but, it's delicious!

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    • canned jalapeno slices or leftover meat (cooked chicken works well) or sour cream or other cooked vegetables


    1. 1
      Place a skillet over medium-high heat.
    2. 2
      Put a small amount of olive oil in a large preheated skillet.
    3. 3
      Spread mashed potatoes on one tortilla, and place it potato side-up in skillet.
    4. 4
      Top with shredded cheddar, spices, and any other optional ingredients that you are using.
    5. 5
      Top with the other tortilla and cover the pan.
    6. 6
      When cheese is melted & bottom tortilla is crisp, carefully turn over the quesadilla, and cook uncovered until the other tortilla is crispy (3-4 minutes).
    7. 7
      Slice into wedges, and serve with salsa or sour cream for dipping.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 08, 2012


      This recipe was great. It was even better than I guessed it would be. I had used a small pack of instant loaded potatoes. I also used onion flakes and omitted the red pepper. Otherwise, I followed the instructions exactly. The quesadillas were very flavorful. My son loved them. He put buffalo sauce on his for a kick.

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    • on February 01, 2011


      I've been making this recipe for ages and I guess I never rated it. This is perfect for using leftover mashed potatoes and there isn't much that's more comforting than potatoes and cheese.

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    • on October 24, 2007


      WOW! When I looked for recipes to use up a ton of leftover mashed potatoes, I didn't see this one coming. I'm so glad you are this creative and generous to share! Made mine with Cotija cheese ("mexican parmesan", crumbly like feta)and some precooked fajita-seasoned chicken. The potatoes already had green onion and garlic so I skipped that and sprinkled everything with a dusting of spanish paprika for smoky good measure! Perfect 5 for ease of preparation, originality and great taste. What is that, 15 stars???

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    Nutritional Facts for Potato & Cheddar Quesadilla

    Serving Size: 1 (263 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1036.4
    Calories from Fat 455
    Total Fat 50.5 g
    Saturated Fat 20.9 g
    Cholesterol 81.9 mg
    Sodium 2560.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 111.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 10.6 g
    Sugars 10.0 g
    Protein 35.9 g

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