Cedar planks are a blank canvas.
These cedar planked mashed potatoes are crispy, savory, smokey, creamy…there’s so much going on. You can customize this to your momma’s recipe or try out my basic one below. This recipe is SO EASY – it’s actually harder to write out enough content to fill a post. I’m not going to waste your time talking about a drawn out story of my recipe planning, research and development. This was a one-shot attempt that worked, I’m excited, so here we go:
The truth is, I was given a stack of cedar planks the other day and I wasn’t sure how I would use them. I really didn’t want to make cedar planked fish. I happened to be making mashed potatoes for my kids and decided to double the batch. My smoker was rolling already, cooking some beef short ribs so this wasn’t much extra effort at all.
All it took was 20-30 minutes on the smoker after I took the ribs off to rest, and they were done. I hit them with a little butter, topped with some fried potato skins and here we go. Talk about multi-tasking!
I’m realizing there’s so many ways to customize this that I’m going to need to pick up many more cedar planks to try them out. Sweet potatoes with walnuts and marshmallows? Corn, queso fresco and jalapeños? Maybe try topping them with chimichurri? Man I’m getting hungry just dumping out my ideas. The cedar plank is a blank canvas!
The planks are very expensive if you look at smaller 5-packs in the stores. I recommend buying bulk, as the price difference can be significant. This is what I’ve bought in the past and they are great. It’s an upfront cost but it’s worth it.
If you do choose to make this let me know! I’d love to hear what your favorite flavor combos are. I can’t wait to make it again.Print