I have to admit, I was really surprised about how much I loved this mashed cauliflower. I figured that every food blog that I read saying these mock mashed potatoes were good was stretching the truth. Probably like you’re thinking now. I was wrong. The cauliflower comes out buttery, creamy, and does not have an overwhelming cauliflower flavor.
Since I was afraid I’d find the cauliflower lacking in flavor, I made a big batch of my mushroom gravy to top it off. I found that the cauliflower didn’t need the gravy at all, but it did make it seem even more like mashed potatoes. Since making this dish it has now become a regular staple in our house. Cauliflower is available pretty much throughout the year, making for an easy side dish at any time.
After making cedar planked Cajun mashed potatoes the other day, I just had to make traditional creamy mashed potatoes the same way. And although I love mashed potatoes right out of the pot, finishing them on a cedar plank over a hot grill just takes them to a new wonderful place. A happy place. There’s a light aroma and flavor of cedar. Not overwhelming or overpowering at all. Really just perfect. And hey, mashed potatoes on a plank on grill looks cool. It’ll amaze your friends and neighbors!
Really, any good mashed potato recipe can be used here. Just make sure that the potatoes are somewhat firm or they’ll run off the plank. That would be a mess. A big mess.
I made these cedar planked creamy mashed potatoes on my just-refurbished 15 year-old Weber gas grill, but any good grill will do. Just make sure you have room for the plank.
Truth be told, I’d be happy at Thanksgiving or Christmas with just a big ole plate (or bowl… I’d prefer a bowl) of Cajun mashed potatoes topped with roasted turkey gravy, with a side of good ole fashioned dressing. Oh sure, I love (and make) a great turkey. And all the other dishes that make up a big holiday meal, but these potatoes… They are something special. Oh so buttery and creamy, with just a little kick to them… just enough to make them incredible.
These Cajun mashed potatoes are well worth the extra time you might have to spend at the gym after eating them.
Truth be told, I’d be happy at Thanksgiving or Christmas with just a big ole plate (or bowl… I’d prefer a bowl) of Cajun mashed potatoes topped with roasted turkey gravy, with a side of good ole fashioned dressing.