Discover a delectable twist on the classic comfort food with our Smoked Mashed Potatoes! These fluffy Yukon gold potatoes are transformed into a mouthwatering side dish with a unique, smoky flavor that will elevate any meal. Whether it’s a holiday feast or a simple family dinner, these creamy and buttery mashed potatoes are sure to steal the spotlight.
Smoked Mashed Potatoes:
Prepare to be enchanted by the irresistibly creamy and delicious Smoked Mashed Potatoes. Combining the simplicity of classic ingredients like butter, cream cheese, and heavy cream with the distinct flavor of smokiness, this side dish is a true culinary masterpiece. Whether it’s a holiday gathering or a weeknight treat, these smoked mashed potatoes will leave everyone craving for more.
The Best Potatoes for Mashed Potatoes:
If you’ve ever struggled with watery and thin mashed potatoes, worry no more! The secret to achieving perfect mashed potatoes lies in the choice of potatoes. While russet potatoes are ideal for baking, the true champions for mashing are Yukon Gold potatoes. Their firm yet non-starchy texture makes them perfect for boiling and mashing. Moreover, the natural buttery flavor of Yukon Gold potatoes enhances the richness and taste of the finished dish. While red potatoes can also be used, remember to gently mash them to avoid a gummy consistency.
Ingredients for Smoked Mashed Potatoes:
Prepare to indulge in potato perfection with just five simple ingredients:
- 5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
- 8 tablespoons salted butter
- 8 tablespoons cream cheese
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Feel free to adjust the heavy cream and salt quantities as needed to achieve your desired texture and flavor.
How to Smoke Mashed Potatoes:
Fear not, for making smoked mashed potatoes is a breeze! Just follow these simple steps:
Boil the Potatoes: In a large pot of boiling water with 2 teaspoons of salt, cook washed whole Yukon Gold potatoes until fork-tender (around 15-20 minutes). Drain the potatoes and place them in a large mixing bowl.
Preheat: Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F with a mild hardwood like pecan or alder, perfect for imparting a delicate smoky flavor.
Mash the Potatoes: Using electric beaters or a potato masher, mash the potatoes until they are about 75% broken down. Add softened butter, cream cheese, and heavy cream. Mix until you achieve your preferred consistency. Avoid over-whipping the potatoes. Add salt to taste.
Smoke: Spread the mashed potatoes into a 12-inch cast iron skillet and place it in the smoker. Allow the potatoes to smoke for approximately 1 hour, infusing them with that delightful kiss of smokiness without compromising their creamy texture.
Enjoy: Serve these mesmerizing smoked Yukon Gold mashed potatoes warm and relish in their creamy goodness. You can also add a drizzle of melted butter for an extra touch of indulgence.
- 5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
- 8 tablespoons salted butter (softened)
- 8 tablespoons cream cheese (softened)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream (more, as needed)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (more, as needed)
Boil the potatoes: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 teaspoons of salt to the water and then slowly add in your washed potatoes with the skin still on. Boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes, or until fork tender. Remove the potatoes from the water and place them in a large mixing bowl.
Preheat: Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F with a mild hardwood like pecan or alder.
Mash: Using electric beaters or a potato masher, mash the potatoes until they are about 75% broken down. Add in the butter, cream cheese, and heavy cream. Mix again until they reach your desired consistency. Don’t over-whip. Add salt to taste.
Smoke: Spread the mashed potatoes into a 12-inch cast iron skillet. Place the skillet in the smoker and close the lid. Smoke for 1 hour.
Enjoy: Serve warm with additional melted butter, if desired.