6 Winter Side Dishes to Pair With Smoked Sausage
You bring the smoked sausage, we'll bring the sides.
Smoked sausages make the perfect winter weeknight dinner. Satisfying, warm and packed with protein, smoked sausages can stand alone with just a simple bun and side salad.
Pairing a smoked sausage with one of these seasonal side dishes, though, elevates the dish into a hearty and delicious meal that will satisfy everyone from your picky little eaters to dinner party guests. And most importantly for those manic Mondays and busy weekends, a dish using smoked sausage can come together in minutes.
We have you covered with sides, but still wondering on how to cook your sausage? Most brands—like Hillshire Farm® Brand, which you can find at a lot of grocery stores and places like Target—show you how to prepare smoked sausage on the packaging. You can cook smoked sausages in the oven, pan fry them, roast them in the oven, or throw them on the grill depending on your cooking and taste preferences. So, grab a package (or two!) and get ready to cozy up with one of these tasty, seasonal pairings.
The sweetness of the acorn squash will play off the smoky sausage, creating a satisfying and healthy wintertime meal. You can even roast the sausage in the same sheet pan as the squash for a delicious meal that comes together in less than an hour with minimal active effort on your part. With only one pan to clean up, you’ll be ready to head out for an afternoon of sledding or to get cozy on the couch with a movie—whatever is more your winter speed.
Get the recipe: Maple Squash
Collard greens and smoked sausage are a classic combination. Elevate this barbecue joint favorite by adding in sliced garlic to create an elegant and easy side dish. The earthiness of the tender collard greens provides the perfect complement to the slightly sweet smokiness of the sausage. Since collard greens can tolerate colder temperatures, they are available in most areas throughout the winter. Just look for leaves that are dark green and not yellowed around the edges.
Get the recipe: Sautéed Collard Greens and Garlic
Sometimes the idea of a salad in the cold, dark winter months is less than appealing. This winter salad, however, includes nutty and satisfying farro, crisp Brussels sprouts leaves, sweet pomegranate seeds and salty ricotta salata, making it much more of a substantial side dish than rabbit food. You can cut up the sausages and pan fry them in pieces to top the salad for a one-bowl meal or serve them alongside either grilled or roasted.
Get the recipe: Farro and Brussels Sprouts Salad
There is nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a cold night, and this dairy-free creamy parsnip and carrot soup makes the most of those abundant winter root vegetables. Roasting the vegetables first brings out their natural sweetness without adding any sweetener, making this dish as healthy as it is satisfying.
Get the recipe: Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Soup
Bangers and mash is a traditional meal in the United Kingdom, where the winters are long, cold and dreary, and comfort food is key to making it through. Potatoes are seasonal, inexpensive and healthy—making this the perfect side dish to feed a crowd this winter. This recipe gets a fresh burst of green from the peas and scallions. The key to making this dish a standout is using good-quality smoked sausage like Hillshire Farm® Smoked Sausage, and pan frying it so that it’s browned and crispy on the outside.
Get the recipe: Mashed Potatoes With Peas and Scallions
Okay, this last one isn’t exactly a side dish—but add a smoked sausage in this hearty casserole recipe for an unexpected smoky undertone. Rich in vitamin C, cabbage is the perfect cold-weather crop to incorporate into your meal rotation to boost your immune system and fend off the inevitable cold that goes around your office or kids’ daycare.
Get the recipe: Cabbage and Sausage Casserole