While the smoked turkey is the crowning glory of the holiday table,
it’s going to be a pretty uninteresting meal without some equally impressive side dishes to round out the festive feast.
A holiday meal just isn’t a holiday meal without the table heaving with the weight of a variety of delicious dishes to choose from!
From the old favorite vegetables like potatoes, beans, and corn to the slightly more adventurous sprouts and salads, and the tasty sauces and gravies, the options are endless.
The following suggestions are the perfect accompaniment for any meal and can be whipped up while you are waiting for the turkey to smoke.
8 Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes for Smoked Turkey
It doesn’t matter if you’re going all out and smoking a turkey electric smoker or just smoking turkey breast, you need sides! Here are some of our favorites!
Barbeque Cranberry Sauce
For something a little different this year, why not try this Barbeque Cranberry Sauce.
It’s a delicious blend of sweet and savory and is a glorious condiment to slather over the smoked turkey or any other meat for that matter! It’s incredibly versatile and very easy to make.
Find the recipe here: Cranberry BBQ Sauce – The Mountain Kitchen
Smoked Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and this smoked version is sure to be a big hit with adults and kids alike.
A big serve of creamy cheddar cheese sauce and pasta always hits the spot. Mix it up a little with different pasta and cheese or bulk it out with some added extras like bacon, peas, broccoli, and bell peppers.
Prepare, and place in the smoker during the last hour of the turkey’s cooking process. This also goes really well with smoked turkey legs, just make sure you have plates for everyone!
Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding
Bread puddings are a great alternative to stuffing, and this one is no exception. The rich mellow flavors of the mushroom and leeks are the perfect side to the smoked turkey.
The recipe can also be tweaked to be gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian.
Find the recipe here: Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding Recipe
Super Creamy Coleslaw
Coleslaw is a firm favorite and always the perfect turkey side dish. The fresh crunch of the cabbage combined with creamy mayonnaise is a never-fail combination that works well with any smoky flavors.
Add some chopped bell peppers, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a pinch of black pepper to give it an extra fresh zing.
Find the recipe here: Vegetable Coleslaw Recipe
Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes
If oven space is running short, try these scalloped potatoes done in the slow cooker.
This makes a great alternative to the usual baked potato or mashed potato.
Simply load all the ingredients into the slow cooker, and in a few hours, you’ll have wonderfully creamy potatoes with very little effort.
Find the recipe here: Crock-Pot Scalloped Potatoes
Buckwheat with Collard Greens and Mushrooms
Cooked buckwheat, fresh greens, and meaty mushrooms are the perfect healthy combination to balance the richness of the turkey and creamy dishes.
This simple dish is packed with flavor, full of nutrients and will fill you up and leave you feeling extra healthy.
Find the recipe here: Buckwheat With Collards and Mushrooms
Roast Vegetable Medley with Honey and Balsamic Syrup
Of course, no popular holiday meal is complete without roast vegetables. The options are limitless when it comes to vegetable selections, but the usual family favorites tend to be potatoes, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, baby carrots, and parsnips.
Smoked BBQ Creamy Corn
Smoked cream corn is a wonderful mix of flavors and textures. The creamy base, combined with the extra texture and crunch of corn kernels is perfectly offset against the sweet and smoky flavor of the grilled corn.
Smoking the corn on a charcoal grill adds a flavor that is sure to make it a new favorite recipe.
Find the recipe here: Smoked Creamed Corn Recipe
Southern Style Green Beans
Southern-style green beans are a combination of fresh green beans, cooked low and slow with salty bacon until they are tender, full of flavor, and melt in your mouth tasty.
The perfect side dish any time of the year! Combine with a cream of mushroom soup, and you’ve got a great green bean casserole.
Find the recipe here: Southern Style Green Beans Recipe | Yummly
There is no shortage of delicious holiday side dish options to perfectly complement the smoked turkey centerpiece.
The above recipes can be substituted with low-fat or fat-free ingredients, or vegan-friendly and gluten-free alternatives to cater to different dietary needs.
Most can be made ahead of time, saving time and stress on the day. Simply apply the finishing touches while the turkey is smoking.
With so many great options, the difficult part will be deciding!
Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)
You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!
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