Choosing what side dishes go with roast beef is one of the most challenging aspects of preparing it. You want something that will complement the flavors of the beef, but not overpower it. You also want a healthy and hearty dish to stand up to the meat.
But finding the right dish doesn’t have to be difficult. I know this because I used to be in your shoes. I would spend hours scouring cookbooks and the internet, looking for the perfect side dish to pair with my roast beef.
Now, I’m here to save you the trouble as I’ve tried and tested various side dishes and found the perfect pairings for your next meal.
Here are a few of my favorite side dishes to serve with roast beef:
Side Dishes For Roast Beef
- Baked Potatoes
- Maple Glazed Carrots
- Cucumber Tomato Salad
- Yorkshire Pudding
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Southern Squash Casserole
- Honey Dijon Brussels Sprouts
- Creamed Spinach
- Balsamic Mushrooms
- Savory Green Beans
Baked potatoes are the perfect side dish for roast beef. They’re hearty and filling, but they’re also healthy and low in calories. You can top them with anything you like.
I like to bake my potatoes in the oven, but you can also microwave them or even boil them. Just be sure to add some butter or olive oil to keep them from drying out.
That reminds me – if you’re the busy or lazy type, do yourself a favor and get the tiny/medium potatoes rather than the big ones to spare yourself the trouble of chopping.
Baked potatoes can be served with roast beef in a variety of ways. You may try different toppings or fill the potato with cheese, baked beans, broccoli, and other veggies before baking it. You may also add a spread or sauce like butter, sour cream, or ketchup to taste.
Maple Glazed Carrots
Carrots are a classic side dish for roast beef, but they can be a little boring. That’s why I like to add a little something extra to them. Maple syrup is the perfect addition. It gives the carrots a lovely sweetness without overpowering them.
Here’s a super-easy way to make the dish: simply cook your carrots in boiling water for about five minutes. Then, drain them and add a tablespoon of maple syrup. Toss the carrots to coat them evenly, embellish with fresh cilantro and then serve.
Cucumber Tomato Salad
This salad is light and refreshing, making it the perfect side dish for roast beef. The cucumbers and tomatoes are a classic combination, but I like to add a little bit of feta cheese for some extra flavor.
To make cucumber tomato salad, simply combine chopped cucumbers, diced tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese in a bowl. Then, add a tablespoon of olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste and then serve.
Cucumber tomato salad is a healthy and refreshing side dish that goes well with roast beef.
Yorkshire pudding is a delicious side dish that originates from England. It’s made with eggs, flour, and milk, and it’s usually served with gravy.
This side dish works well with roast beef and will not only impress your guests but will also make them very full.
If you want to achieve a worthy Yorkshire pudding, you will need to whisk together eggs, flour, and milk. Then, pour the mixture into a muffin tin or ramekin and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Once it’s golden brown and puffed up, remove it from the oven and serve immediately with gravy.
You’ll be surprised how deliciously well this side dish pairs with your roast beef.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed sweet potatoes are a delicious and healthy side dish that can sit side by side with roast beef – whether on the plate or in your belly. They’re packed with vitamins and minerals, and they’re also low in calories.
This side dish is made by simply boiling or baking sweet potatoes until they’re soft. Then, mash them with a little bit of milk, butter, and salt. You can also add some cinnamon or nutmeg for a little extra flavor.
Southern Squash Casserole
This side dish is a must-have for roast beef. It’s flavorful, hearty, and packed with nutrients.
Southern Squash Casserole can be prepared by combining chopped yellow squash, diced onion, shredded cheese, and bread crumbs. Followed by adding some milk, eggs, and seasonings. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
If you use fresh squash instead of frozen, the side dish comes out better. You’ll have a crisper and more flavorful meal as a result of this technique.
Honey Dijon Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are popularly used as a side dish for roast beef in Britain. What’s not to love about this vegetable? They’re nutritious, they’re flavorful, and they go so well with the beef.
Furthermore, the honey and Dijon mustard give the Brussels sprouts a lovely sweetness, while the roasting brings out their natural bitterness. This makes for a perfect balance of flavors that goes well with roast beef.
Honey Dijon Brussels Sprouts should be cooked in boiling water for about three minutes. Then, drain them and add a tablespoon of honey and Dijon mustard. Toss to coat evenly and roast in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
I’m pretty certain you’ll like the result.
This is a classic creamy side dish that is prepared by cooking spinach in boiling water for a few minutes. Then, drain it and add some heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and nutmeg. Everything tastes better with salt and pepper, so don’t forget to add some before serving.
This side dish is perfect for those who are looking for something a little more substantial. It’s also a great way to sneak some vegetables into your meal.
Balsamic mushrooms are the perfect side dish for roast beef. Their earthy flavor complements the rich taste of the meat, and they can be sauteed with other vegetables to create a well-rounded dish. Balsamic mushrooms are also a healthy choice, as they are low in calories and fat.
Furthermore, they are a good source of fiber and antioxidants.
There are a few things to keep in mind when preparing balsamic mushrooms. First, be sure to slice the mushrooms thinly so that they will cook evenly.
Second, add the balsamic vinegar at the end of cooking, as it can quickly overpower the other flavors.
Finally, be sure to serve the mushrooms immediately after cooking, as they will continue to cook and become softer as they sit.
Overall, balsamic mushrooms are a delicious and healthy side dish that pairs well with roast beef. With a few simple tips, you can easily prepare them for your next meal.
Savory Green Beans
Savory green beans cook relatively quickly, so you don’t have to worry about them taking up too much of your time. Plus, they’re an excellent way to add some extra vegetables to your meal. And, if you’re looking for a healthier option, savory green beans are a great choice.
If you want to really give your savory green beans some flavor, try adding some caramelized shallots with a bit of Italian pancetta to take it to the next level.
And if you want to take a simpler approach, you could add brown sugar and bacon. This will give them a sweet and salty flavor that will complement the roast beef perfectly. You could also add some cream, mushrooms and onions for a flavorful side dish.
Savory green beans do have their drawbacks, however. They can be quite bland if not prepared properly. But with a little bit of care, you can easily avoid this problem. Be sure to season your savory green beans with salt and pepper before cooking. And if you want them to have a bit more of a kick, try adding garlic or red pepper flakes.
By following these simple tips, you can create a delicious and healthy side dish that will make any meal special.
Scalloped potatoes are a delicious and easy-to-make side dish. They can be made in advance and reheated, making them perfect for busy weeknights. Scalloped potatoes also freeze well, so you can always have some on hand for a quick meal.
A few tips and tricks when making your scalloped potatoes:
- Be sure to use good-quality cheese.
- Don’t overcook the potatoes. They should be tender but not mushy.
- If you’re using frozen potatoes, be sure to thaw them before adding them to the dish.
By following these simple tips, you can create a delicious and healthy side dish.
Frequently Asked Questions
What goes well with roast beef?
There are many different side dishes that pair well with roast beef. Some of my favorites include maple glazed carrots, baked potatoes, creamed spinach, balsamic mushrooms, savory green beans, and scalloped potatoes.
What is the best way to cook roast beef?
The best way to cook it depends on your preferences. Some people like to cook their roast beef only a little, while others prefer it to be more well-done. I suggest cooking it at a lower temperature for a longer period of time to prevent it from drying out.
What are some tips for making the perfect roast beef?
Here are a few tips:
- Use good quality meat.
- Trim the fat off of the roast.
- Season the meat with salt and pepper.
- Sear the roast in a hot pan before cooking.
- Cook it at a lower temperature for a longer period of time.
- Let the roast rest before carving.
By following these simple tips, you can make a delicious and juicy roast beef that will be sure to please everyone.
Roast beef is a delicious and healthy option for dinner. And with the right side dishes, it can be even better. So, what are you waiting for? Get cooking!
I hope you enjoyed reading this. My major motivation for writing this is the possibility of you learning something that would greatly impact how you think about your side dishes.
They are not just an afterthought but an integral part of the meal. So, be sure to give them the attention they deserve. After all, your dinner guests will be sure to notice and appreciate it.
Until next time!
-Your Friendly Neighborhood Foodie