One of the most popular ways to have your turkey over the holiday season is to have it smoked. If you’ve never had smoked turkey, you absolutely must consider giving it a go this year. I was skeptical at first and had visions of Chevy Chase completely vaporizing the inside of his turkey on Chrismas Vacation. So I actually made two last year. But the smoke turkey was so good, with its crispy turkey skin and tender, juicy meat, that I don’t know if I’ll ever go back. But now we have to talk about what to serve with smoked turkey.
Smoked Turkey Side Dish #1: Mashed Potatoes
The first side dish you should consider with your smoked turkey is an absolute holiday staple. The one dish that is synonymous with any turkey dinner. Of course, we are talking about mashed potatoes. It’s what you make at Thanksgiving, what young kids are taught to make for their future families one day. You can’t consider a meal complete without them.
First, peel eight white or golden potatoes and cut them into large chunks. Place the potato chunks into a large pot and cover them with water. Let the potatoes boil for about a half hour or until they are tender when pierced with a knife. Drain the excess water from the potatoes by pouring them into a colander or strainer. The mashed potatoes can now be mashed either by using a mixer, blender, food processor, or mashed by hand. Add butter and salt and pepper to taste. If you’re really feeling adventurous you can throw in some sour cream to level up your mashed potatoes.
Smoked turkey Side Dish #2: Stuffing
Another side dish that is essential is stuffing. There are different types of stuffing out there though. The popular Uncle Ben style that is cooked inside the turkey, and what I grew up on. If you are trying to figure what to serve with smoked turkey this holiday season, make sure you have stuffing at your table.
Here is a recipe for homemade stuffing:
Homemade Stuffing Ingredients:
– 1 loaf of French bread (20 ounces)
– 2 tablespoons of canola oil
– 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
– 3 stalks celery, diced
– 4 large carrots, peeled and diced
– 2 medium onions, finely chopped
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
– 1 cup low sodium chicken broth (or homemade)1/4 cup sherry or homemade apple cider to deglaze pan
– 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish (optional)
Steps to make homemade stuffing:
- Cut the bread into cubes and spread them out on a baking sheet in an even layer so they can dry overnight. The next day, preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and 4 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat until the butter melts. Add celery, carrots and onions; cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in salt, pepper, garlic and poultry seasoning; cook 1 minute more. Transfer vegetable mixture to a large bowl (preferably one with a lid) to cool.
- Once vegetables are cooled, add the bread cubes to the large bowl with the vegetables and stir to combine well. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to brown. Add homemade or low sodium chicken broth (or homemade) and apple cider; bring to boil while stirring constantly with a rubber spatula.
- Pour homemade or low sodium chicken broth mixture over the stuffing mixture in the bowl until well moistened but not soggy. Spoon stuffing into a greased baking dish, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Uncover to brown about 15 minutes more. Cool before serving.
Smoked Turkey Side Dish #3: Cornbread Dressing
If you are looking for something a little different but are definitely easy enough to make, consider cornbread dressing. It can be made in advance and is so quick to warm up for all of your guests, you’ll definitely want to consider what side dishes go with smoked turkey.
Smoked Turkey Side Dish #4: Rolls
With what sides to serve with smoked turkey, there are very few that can be easier than rolls. You just pop them in the oven while the turkey is smoking away outside and then when everyone walks in the door, dinner is almost ready. These what to serve with smoked turkey easily.
Smoked Turkey Side Dish #5: Green Bean Casserole
Lastly, and perhaps the most important side dish to serve with smoked turkey. At least in my house, it’s a green bean casserole. It is something that cannot be left out.
Green Bean Casserole Ingredients:
– 1 green bell pepper – 1 green onion – 2 pounds green beans – 10 ounce can cream of mushroom soup after being opened, can substitute with a homemade cream of mushroom recipe – 1 cup French fried onions
Green Bean Casserole Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees – Drain green beans, cut green pepper into quarter-inch strips, chop green onion – Arrange green bean in casserole dish after being drained, place green pepper and green onion on top of green beans – Mix soup with 1/2 cup water until smooth, pour over green bean mixture – Top green bean casserole with French fried onions.
Bake green bean casserole for 20 minutes in the oven.
Some of the best side dishes to include with a smoked turkey dinner are mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole and rolls. You can also buy cranberry sauce in small containers or cans to round out your dinner. And that is a complete smoked turkey meal to prepare for your family this holiday season.