Cedar Planked Cajun Mashed Potatoes

I doubt I’ll ever make mashed potatoes the ‘old way’ again after making cedar planked Cajun mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes on cedar planks on a hot grill are incredible. The cedar flavor (and aroma) is not overwhelming, but it adds a wonderful new dimension to mashed potatoes. Add some Cajun butter and you have what is unquestionably the tastiest side you can imagine. Did I mention that these potatoes also pack a little kick from the pepper jack cheese, smoked pepper and Cajun seasoning? Just the right amount of kick.

Cedar Planked Cajun Mashed PotatoesI served these cedar planked Cajun mashed potatoes alongside a prime rib that I did on my Char-Broil Big Easy oil-less fryer. It was the perfect meal.

I cooked the potatoes on my just-refurbished 15 year-old Weber gas grill, but any grill will do as long as you can fit the cedar plank onto it!

Cooking on cedar planks can really change the ordinary into something special, which is why I do it often. Check out my other cedar plank recipes: creamy mashed potatoes, Twinkies, beef sliders, chorizo portabellos, hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, shrimp and grits and spicy grilled shrimp.

Cedar Planked Cajun Mashed Potatoes

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 -10 servings

Ingredients

For the mashed potatoes

  • 3 lbs Russet potatoes peeled, quartered
  • 1 ⁄4 cup heavy Cream
  • 1 ⁄2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese shredded
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons smoked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

For the Cajun butter

  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons Tabasco or Louisiana Hot Sauce

Instructions

For the mashed potatoes

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and boil until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well then return the potatoes to the pot.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mash the potatoes using a hand masher or mixer.
  • Place potatoes into a resealable container in the fridge for 1 hour to set.
  • Meanwhile, soak a cedar plank in water.
  • Fire up your smoker for indirect cooking.
  • When the potatoes have set, remove the plank from the water. Add the potatoes in a pile the full length of the plank.
  • Make small indentations in the top of the potatoes and add small spoonfuls of the Cajun butter.
  • Place plank onto the grill and grill 20 minutes or until the potatoes have turned golden brown and are heated through.
  • Serve hot.

For the Cajun butter

  • Combine all ingredients.

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