Thanksgiving Grilled Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Grilled Side Dishes

This recipe for smoked mashed potatoes will soon become a family favorite for your feast. Add in the wood fired flavor from your Traeger and you have a match made in heaven.

Let a Chef walk you through how to it’s done the easy and effective way for your pellet grill.

Yield: Serves 6-8 People

Prep time: 20 Minutes

Cook time: 35-45 Minutes depending on desired doneness


Measure   Ingredient                                              

2 Pounds       Potatoes, Red (Red Bliss)                           Washed, Diced Medium              

1 Cup                   Milk, Whole                                                 

½ Stick              Butter, Salted                                             

½ Cup                Sour Cream                                                            

½ Cup                Cheese, Parmesan, Shredded                                  or grated

Taste                  Salt, Kosher

Taste                  Pepper, Black, Fresh, Ground   

½ Cup               Onions, Green, Fresh                                                   Sliced

Cooking Directions

  • Place the diced red potatoes into a small saucepan or stockpot and cover with chicken stock (or water)
  • Bring to a boil and cook on a simmer until fork-tender, then cook 4-5 minutes past that until soft
  • Load pellet hopper with Reserve Blend Pellets, ignite Traeger and set temp to 400˚
  • In a separate oven-proof pan – add the butter and milk and place in the Traeger during start up, until melted. Approx 7-10 minutes
  • Carefully remove the milk/butter mixture from the Trager using heatproof gloves
  • Drain the potatoes and place into a large bowl
  • Ådd the melted butter/milk mixture and slowly mash
  • Add the sour cream, cheese and season to taste with salt and black pepper
  • Place into the cast iron skillet, then place the skillet back into the Traeger and cook until the potatoes have a slight crust and are bubbling, about 15 minutes
  • Carefully remove the mashed potatoes from the Trager using heatproof gloves
  • Allow cooling for 5 minutes


  • Potatoes can be made the day ahead, place mashed potatoes into the cast iron skillet, cool uncovered, and then reheat the next day
  • I will drizzle with some extra butter before reheating
  • To heat the Mashed Potatoes, place into Traeger set at 400˚ and cook for 25-35 minutes or until bubbling and a slight crust has formed to your desired doneness
  • Carefully remove the mashed potatoes from the Trager using heatproof gloves
  • Allow cooling for 5 minutes

Grills / Grill Gear Used

  • Traeger Grills                                                      Ace SKU – 8030466
  • Reserve Blend Pellets                                         Ace SKU – 8015887
  • Traeger Turkey Pellet Kit                                    Ace SKU – 8013985
  • Cast Iron Pan                                                      Ace SKU – 6102974



Yield: 6 servings

Cook Time:15 minutes

Calories per serving: 266


  • 8 ears corn, husked
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 T. flour
  • 1-1/4 c. milk
  • 3 T. cream cheese
  • 1 T. sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • a couple pinches cayenne pepper, optional


Preheat a grill to medium-high.  Arrange the corn on the grate and grill, turning occasionally, until the kernels are golden brown and softened 8 to 10  minutes.  Remove corn from the grill.  Once cool enough to handle, remove the corn kernels from the cobs; discard the cobs.  You should have about 5 cups of kernels.

Lower the grill temperature to medium.  It is very important to get the heat lowered, so the butter won’t burn.  Heat a large cast-iron skillet over the grate.  Add the butter to melt, then whisk in the flour until combined and foaming, about 1 minute.  Gradually whisk in the milk and cream cheese and cook, whisking constantly, until smooth and thick, 2 to 3 minutes.  Stir in sugar.  Stir in the corn kernels; season with salt, black pepper, and the cayenne, if using, and cook until heated through about 1 minute.