I Cook THANKSGIVING In The Shop & Build A 3' Long Potato Masher!

John Malecki

I Cook THANKSGIVING In The Shop & Build A 3' Long Potato Masher!

John Malecki Cooks Thanksgiving Dinner in His Shop - and Builds a 3ft Potato Masher

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Dec 2, 2020

We mixed it up this Thanksgiving and brought the turkey to the shop. Literally, that's what we did. Because we love to take things over the top, not only did we make a bunch of food but we did it in style with a 3-ft potato masher. In case our food absolutely sucked, we called in our friends Luke and Zach from Blue Sparrow to whip up some amazing sides.

The Masher of All Mashers

When you have over 15 pounds of potatoes, a store bought potato masher just won't do the trick, so we took some 3/8th stainless rod and went off!

Giant Potato Masher

Smoked Mac n' Cheese Recipe:

- (2) Boxes of Capateli Pasta
- (1) Bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- (1) Bag Shredded Mozarella Cheese
- (1) Bag Gouda Cheese (Chunks or shredded)
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 1/2 Cup flour
- 1.5 Cups Whole Milk
- .5 lb Bacon
- Salt
- Pepper
- Nutmeg

Step 1 - Pasta
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once rolling, add a heaping amount of salt to your water and cook your past 1-2 minutes less than the box recommends

Step 2 - Bacon
- While water is boiling, cut up your bacon into small bites and over medium heat cook until slightly before crunchy. Remove from heat and drain over a paper towel, set aside for later

Step 3 - Cheese Sauce
- Add about 1/2 stick of good butter to a pot over medium heat
- Once melted, cook until nutty and fragrant.
- Add in 1/2 cup of flour and whisk together until fully combined and not lumpy.
- Add in .5c of milk, whisk into flour and butter mixture until fully combined
- Add the other cup of milk.
- When the sauce begins to simmer, remove from heat, and add your cheese, leaving about .5 cups of each cheese for topping.
- Stir in the cheese until sauce is silky. Add salt & pepper to taste, add 1/2 Tsp. of Nutmeg
- Stir pasta into cheese sauce, and add bacon back in.
- Add mixture to a buttered baking dish top with extra cheese or bread crumbs
- Smoke at 250* for 45 min - 1 hour, or until outsides of the pan are bubbly, and cheese is golden

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I am proudly supported by Woodcraft, one of the top destinations for the best power tools and accessories in the country. As always, I also want to thank Timberland PRO for supporting my crazy woodworking projects and being my number 1 resource for durable, high-quality boots. Bits & Bits is another sponsor that I am happy to have. For over 30 years, Bits & Bits has manufactured top-of-the-line CNC cutting tools for woodworkers like you and me.

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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!