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potato, cauliflower, cheddar, garlic, mashies

Recipe by
Dee Stillwell
Citrus Heights, CA

In my quest for healthier eating, I like to add more vegetables into our diet. Instead of just mashed potatoes, I have been adding a few potatoes with a head of cauliflower, and mash them together with roasted garlic. They are so good that my family is none the wiser. My son doesn't even like cauliflower. The trick in fooling them is to add alot of flavor to it. Altho this version is more calorie laden bcuz of the bacon and cheddar cheese, it can be made without and still be very yummy. Roasting or smoking really improves the flavor of the veggies. Enjoy!

yield 6 - 10
prep time 20 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Smoke

Ingredients For potato, cauliflower, cheddar, garlic, mashies

  • 1 lg
    head of cauliflower, cut into flowerettes
  • 4 - 5 md
    russet potatoes, peeled and cut in 1" cubes
  • 6 oz
    bacon, cut up and cooked until crisp - reserve drippings
  • About 8
    cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 c
    cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c
    sour cream, i use lite
  • 1/4 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 tsp
    seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp
    bbq seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp
    fresh black pepper
  • additional milk if needed for creamier texture

How To Make potato, cauliflower, cheddar, garlic, mashies

  • 1
    Cut bacon up into a saute pan (I use scissors for this task) Cook bacon until browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside, reserving bacon drippings. Prepare potatoes, cauliflower, and garlic. Place in an aluminum lasagna pan. Toss with a few Tablespoons of the reserved bacon drippings. Season with seasoning salt, bbq seasoning, and pepper. I make this as a side when I am smoking other things - ie: ribs, chicken, brisket, etc.
  • 2
    Smoke for about 3 hours at 250 degrees, or until tender when tested with a fork.
  • 3
    Place in food processor (I did mine in 2 batches) add sour cream, butter, cheese, and a little milk if necessary for your texture preference. Process until smooth. Add more seasoning or garlic powder to taste, if you want. If you want them chunkier, you can hand mash together with masher.
  • 4
    Place in a serving bowl and stir in crumbled bacon. Diced green onions are optional too. These are very good with or without bacon. I usually make them without, and by roasting the veggies in the oven before mashing. But for a special occasion, I made them like this with a little cheddar melted on top. They were so good, and everyone loved them.