What to do with your Christmas leftovers: Refried roast potatoes

Dec 27, 2021
Use your leftover roast potatoes to make this delicious dish. Source: Getty Images

Use the potatoes left over from your Christmas lunch or dinner to make this amazing refried roast potatoes. It’s the perfect recipe for a Boxing Day spread.

Serves 4-6.


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 small pickled onions , cut in half
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • A few thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • 500g leftover or defrosted frozen cooked roast potatoes


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the pickled onions and fry for 3-4 mins until they get nicely caramelised.
  2. Add cayenne and thyme leaves, then tip the roasties into the pan along with another 1 tablespoon oil.
  3. Use the back of a wooden spoon to squash each one slightly. Leave alone for 3-4 minutes to fry and get extra crisp on one side, then give them a good toss.
  4. Add remaining oil, toss and fry again for extra crispiness. Season to taste and serve warm with Christmas leftovers.

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