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sides for smoked turkey

Splendid Spatula Dec 9, 2011 07:34 AM

Hey Hounds,
Stress-o-the-season has gotten the better of me this year, and I'm out of inspiration for a holiday meal next weekend. The centerpiece is smoked turkey from Nueske's (have you had one? They are delicious!), served warm or room-temp. It's a lunch-time meal, and I don't really envision this as the full-turkey meal so would rather not get into stuffing, sweet potatoes and the like. There is no gravy! What brilliant sides are you all coming up with for holiday meals this year?

  1. Berheenia Dec 9, 2011 08:01 AM

    A friend always served her home smoked turkey stuffed with cherry tomatoes - very festive looking.

    1. Soop Dec 9, 2011 08:02 AM

      Hi! Hmm. Well I'm not a fan of turkey, and I haven't tried this one, but I find turkey can be a tad dry. So I guess you'd want to make up for the no gravy. How about a nice potato salad? Not particularly innovative, but I imagine it would go really well.

      And Chow had a feature on potato salads a year or so back, could be some inspiration if you're bored of plain ol' potato salads.

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      1. re: Soop
        LiveRock Dec 9, 2011 08:45 AM

        Funny you should mention that Soop...potato salad was the first thing that came to my mind as a perfect foil to the smokiness of the turkey. I would add to that a green bean dish that I do which is simply green beans, blanched, then tossed in the pan with caramelized shallots and a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds.

        1. re: LiveRock
          Soop Dec 9, 2011 09:10 AM

          mmm, that sounds good... Hey how about some roasted asparagus spears too?

        2. re: Soop
          gingershelley Dec 9, 2011 10:31 AM

          I might suggest a potato salad made with 1/2 sweet potatoes, a little chopped tart green apple, toasted pecans (can even use candied spiced nuts), some golden raisins or currants, and a dressing made with mayo, major gray's chutney and a little cider vinegar for balance.
          I made this a few times a few years ago in late fall when it was still warm out, but it came up in a discussion a couple days ago with a Chowhound down in New Zealand for the holidays where it was warm and she needed sides...
          Seems like the slightly sweet/tart take on potato salad would be great with a smoked bird!

          1. re: gingershelley
            Soop Dec 14, 2011 02:12 AM

            That sounds wonderful! You should stck that up in the recipes!

            1. re: Soop
              gingershelley Dec 14, 2011 10:30 AM

              Thank you Soop, it is really good, and just enough unusual to be fun - while delicious!

        3. Njchicaa Dec 9, 2011 09:37 AM

          I like to serve smoked turkey with homemade Mac and cheese, baked beans, and a nice chopped salad.

          1. monavano Dec 9, 2011 10:41 AM


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            1. re: monavano
              scunge Dec 9, 2011 12:27 PM

              Pears cooked with ginger,in a vinegary simple syrup ....cooled or room temperature or red cabbage ,kraut works .Corn,either corn bread,pudding,creamed,but smoked meat and corn just work for me

              1. re: scunge
                monavano Dec 9, 2011 12:38 PM

                Like a pear gastrique. Nice.

                1. re: monavano
                  Rheta Dec 9, 2011 06:39 PM

                  Not a side, but how about some nice soft dinner rolls and a nice mustard and mayo so your guests can make a little sandwich if they wish. Also some kind of cranberry relish would be nice.

            2. weewah Dec 14, 2011 05:45 PM

              I would go with something acidic or tart, fo a side. I was at a friends for Thanksgiving and she had the best coleslaw I ever tasted. Regular creamy slaw recipe w/ the addition of walnuts, mandarin orange slices and tons of craisens (dried cranberries). The craisens really were amazing - I don't even like them on their own - for how they twanged that slaw.

              1. iluvcookies Dec 14, 2011 05:59 PM

                Smoked turkey tastes great on little rolls with brie and cranberry relish. Maybe mac and cheese and lightly dressed steamed green beans on the side.

                1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 14, 2011 06:15 PM

                  a vinegary braised cabbage dish would be great with that turkey...as would some bacon-y cornbread.

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                    AsperGirl Dec 14, 2011 06:35 PM

                    German food goes well with smoked meats. Maybe a warm orange peel-spiked cranberry relish, a German flash pickle of thinly sliced cucumber in tarragon vinegar (Gurkensalat), German hot potato salad (Kartoffelsalat), and a pumpkin soup with hazelnuts.

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