Sides for smoked pork and chicken
- ketchupgirl Oct 4, 2006 05:43 PM
Hello, now that it is autumn and still picnic weather, what sorts of sides go with grilled and smoked meats? Sweet potatoes and butternut squash sound great but what kind of salads? Beets? Can't seem to access Epicurious today and welcome any suggestions. Thanks!
I make a lovely potato salad with a combination of sweet and red potatoes, then use a yogurt-mayonnaise dressing mixed with mango chutney. Salt, pepper and something green (chopped fresh parsley, scallions, etc.) Quite delicious and goes perfectly with pork. You can serve it warm, room temperature or cold and is easily made ahead.
Here are a couple of ideas:
Here is a simple and really good butternut squash side dish by Mario Batali:
I also posted this in response to an earlier request for sweet potato recipes (about halfway down the page) - Grilled sweet potatoes with Korean dipping sauce:
Sicilian Harvest Salad is also a good, sturdy, cookout salad:
Other ideas that use cool weather ingredients:
~ Cabbage dressed with a hot bacon dressing
~ Spinach salad with pears (which can be grilled or raw), blue cheese, pecans/hazelnuts dressed with lemon juice and olive oil
~ Wrap wedges of sweet onion in a slice of bacon, baste with a little sherry or balsamic vinegar mixed with a little brown sugar and some fresh thyme and pepper - skewer and grill
I like to get crafty with my sides to change things up and my BBQ's so when I a Smoked Pork Loin I pair it with a couple of sides like Sweet Potato Cake with a Spicy Beet and Caramelized Apple Puree or a Croquette with a Mustardo. It takes some work. About as much as making potato salad or mash but trust me. Your guest will think you're taking some cooking classes.