It is the most wonderful time of the year and many of us are thinking ahead to Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are planning on having Thanksgiving brisket, then you are probably already starting to think about what sides you may have with it.
Traditionally, brisket is often served with the following accompaniments:
Potato Salad: A classic side dish that complements the richness of brisket. Made with boiled and diced potatoes, mayonnaise or vinaigrette dressing, and garnished with ingredients like celery, pickles, onions, and herbs.
Coleslaw: A crunchy and tangy salad made with shredded cabbage and carrots, dressed in a slightly sweet and creamy dressing. It provides a refreshing contrast to the rich and savoury flavours of the brisket.
Pickles: Pickles, whether dill or sweet, are a popular accompaniment to brisket. Their tanginess and crunch help cut through the richness of the meat, adding a zesty burst of flavour.
Baked Beans: A classic BBQ side dish, baked beans complement the smokiness of the brisket. They can be made with navy beans, bacon, molasses, brown sugar, and spices, creating a hearty and flavorful addition to the meal.
Cornbread: A Southern favourite, cornbread is a crumbly and slightly sweet bread that goes well with the robust flavours of brisket. It can be served as a side or used for sandwiches to make mini sliders.
Grilled Vegetables: Grilled vegetables, such as zucchini, bell peppers, and onions, can add a charred and smoky flavour to the meal. Tossed in olive oil, and seasoned with salt, pepper, and herbs, they provide a lighter and healthier side option.
Corn on the Cob: Grilled or boiled corn on the cob is a simple and classic side dish that pairs well with brisket. Slathered with butter and sprinkled with salt, it adds a touch of sweetness and a pop of colour to the plate.
Horseradish Sauce: A bold and tangy condiment, horseradish sauce is often served alongside brisket. Its sharp flavour adds a nice kick to the meat, enhancing its taste.
These are just a few traditional accompaniments to serve with brisket but feel free to customize your sides based on personal preferences and regional influences.
When it comes to Thanksgiving brisket sides, you may be looking for something a little more festive and there are numerous options to complement the flavorful and succulent meat. Here are a few traditional and delicious side dish ideas:
Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes are a classic Thanksgiving side that pairs well with brisket. You can make them with butter, milk or cream, and season them with salt and pepper. You can incorporate roasted garlic, chives, or cheese for added flavour.
Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, or butternut squash can add colour and natural sweetness to your meal. Toss the vegetables in olive oil, season with salt, pepper, and herbs like thyme or rosemary, then roast in the oven until tender and slightly caramelized.
Green Bean Casserole: This classic side dish combines green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and crispy fried onions. It is a comforting and flavorful addition to your Thanksgiving table that adds a pop of green and savoury goodness.
Cornbread: Cornbread is a popular Southern side dish that complements brisket well. It is typically made with cornmeal, flour, eggs, buttermilk, and baking powder. Serve it warm with a slather of butter for a delightful treat.
Cranberry Sauce: The tartness of cranberry sauce can help cut through the richness of the brisket. You can make a homemade version using fresh or frozen cranberries, sugar, and orange zest. Alternatively, you can use canned cranberry sauce if you prefer.
Coleslaw: A refreshing coleslaw made with cabbage, carrots, and a tangy dressing can bring a crunchy and vibrant element to your brisket meal. Consider a creamy coleslaw with mayonnaise or a vinegar-based dressing for a lighter touch.
Baked Beans: Smoky and slightly sweet, baked beans are a hearty side dish that complements the flavours of brisket. You can make them from scratch using navy beans, molasses, brown sugar, and bacon or choose canned baked beans and add your own creative twist.
Mac and Cheese: Creamy and cheesy mac and cheese is another delectable side dish option. You can use a combination of different cheeses, such as cheddar, Gruyere, or Parmesan, and bake until the top gets golden and crispy.
Remember to choose sides that not only complement the brisket but also incorporate a variety of flavours, textures, and colours to make your Thanksgiving meal well-rounded and satisfying.
If you are planning on having beef brisket as your main dish this festive season, you are making a great choice and we have lots of suggestions for an easy side dish to accompany it. Whether you are looking to use your slow cooker, pressure cooker or any of the other different ways to cook your side, we know that some of these suggestions down below are going to be the perfect crowd-pleaser for your special occasion.
These stuffing balls are perfectly portioned and a great alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving dressing. Soft and savory on the inside, and crispy on the outside, they’re bursting with flavor and absolutely delicious!
This cold green bean salad is packed with Italian flavours and so easy to make. Easy to adapt with other ingredients, this is a quick and fresh salad you are going to fall in love with. A new and delicious way to use this vegetable.
Candied Sweet Potatoes is a traditional Southern side that pairs with all sorts of classic main dishes. It is easy to make, affordable, and perfect for serving up at Sunday suppers, special occasions, and holiday meals.
Looking for a simple and comforting side dish you can quickly whip up for as a side for any meal? This dump and start garlic butter Instant Pot Red Potatoes ticks all the boxes and is ready in less than 25 minutes!
This baked Gruyere Mac and Cheese is topped with a combination of buttery panko, parmesan, and crushed-up French onions. Loaded with three types of cheese and this baked mac and cheese is creamy perfection! The best kind of comfort food for the holiday!
This Autumn Harvest Salad uses the beautiful produce available as the months start to get colder, such as delicata squash, kale, and pomegranates, as well as farro and goat cheese to make a hearty cold weather salad. Then it is all tossed together with a maple apple cider vinaigrette!
This show-stopping side dish is a fun twist on typical Thanksgiving fare. Thinly sliced sweet potatoes are combined with a spicy North African chilli paste and sweet maple syrup, then baked in a traditional French style to get a crispy top. This Harissa Maple Sweet Potato Tian is fusion food at its finest.
This is the classic traditional stuffing recipe that everyone loves! It’s so simple, easy, and delicious – a must on everyone’s Thanksgiving dinner table. You will love the flavors of this buttery, custardy, and herby stuffing that is never dry nor soggy.
These Hasselback potatoes are thinly sliced potatoes that are roasted to golden brown perfection, then topped with cheese, bacon, sour cream and green onions. An easy yet impressive side dish that pairs perfectly with chicken and beef!
Oven-roasting adds so much depth of flavor to sweet carrots, nutty parsnips and fluffy red potatoes … plus those yummy, toasty brown edges! A little Honey-Dijon Drizzle brings all the autumn veggie flavors together, and is extra-delightful alongside savory, hearty brisket!
These are called easy for a reason! Potatoes tossed with savory pesto and roasted until tender, then topped with some grated pecorino cheese and broiled until crispy is a fun and delicious addition to most any meal.
These roasted potatoes and carrots are coated in butter, garlic and herbs, then cooked until golden brown and tender. An easy and economical side dish that pairs well with chicken, beef and seafood.
If you are planning ahead or maybe even cooking for a crowd for the first time, lots of these suggestions above are easy sides to compliment your brisket. To save yourself a little stress though, it is worth stocking up on some essentials, should you change your mind or have last-minute guests.
Tomato sauce – Not only great for lots of the easy sides above but can be adapted to many other dishes too.
Fresh herbs – Always add that little bit extra to a dish and a perfect choice for so many mains and side dishes.
Potatoes – Whether you are making the perfect potato dish such as potato skins or creamy mash or going for something such as a potato salad, these are so versatile, that they are a must in any household.
Fresh veggies – Not only great in salads, roasted or even in a sauce, but they are also great to add to things such as a coleslaw recipe or even soup!
Don’t forget that smoky brisket is the ultimate comfort food the next day too, try serving it with some of the delicious side dishes above or even simple green beans. It doesn’t need to be complicated, as long as it is done the right way, you can enjoy food heaven for a few more days with minimal effort!
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