When you’re tasked with coming up with the side dishes for a beef wellington, it’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed. After all, what can compare to the classics? Ham or turkey might be safe bets, but they can also be a little…boring.
I know just how it is. You want your dinner party to be perfect, but you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. That’s why I’ve put together a list of side dishes that are sure to complement your beef wellington perfectly.
These side dishes on this list range from the classics, like baked sweet potatoes, to more unique dishes, like roasted Brussels sprouts. No matter your taste, you’re sure to find a side dish you’ll love.
What to Serve with Beef Wellington
- Baked sweet potato
- Roasted root vegetables
- Scalloped potatoes
- Risotto with mushrooms
- Grilled broccoli
- Grilled asparagus
- Carrot puree with ginger
- Roasted Brussel sprouts
- Green bean Caesar salad
- Roasted fingerling potatoes
- Mushroom and wild rice pilaf
Baked sweet potato
The natural sweetness of the potato pairs perfectly with the savory beef, and the rich buttery flavor helps to round out the dish, making this a good option.
Baked sweet potatoes are also extremely versatile, and they can be easily customized to suit any taste. For a simple but delicious side dish, simply bake the sweet potatoes and then slather them with butter. For a more sophisticated flavor, try toppings like sour cream, cheese, or chives.
No matter how you serve them, baked sweet potatoes are sure to please.
Roasted root vegetables
Roasted root vegetables are a perfect side dish for beef wellington. They are nutritious, colorful, and flavorful. Plus, roasting brings out the natural sweetness of parsnips, carrots, and beets.
Roasted root vegetables can be served with a simple herb jus or a more complex horseradish cream sauce. Whichever way you choose to serve them, your guests will be impressed by your culinary skills.
Scalloped potatoes are a very tasty side dish that goes well with beef wellington. They are made with sliced spuds, onion, cream, and cheese (Gruyere is a good choice).
The potatoes are layered in a baking dish and then baked until they are tender and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Scalloped potatoes are best served hot, so be sure to take them out of the oven just before you sit down to eat. Enjoy!
Risotto with mushrooms
Risotto with mushrooms is another perfect side dish for beef wellington. The earthy mushrooms complement the rich flavor of the beef, and the dish is filling without being heavy.
I like to use a mix of different mushrooms for this recipe, including shiitake, oyster, and cremini. For a truly luxurious dish, I also like to add a few shaved truffles.
Risotto with mushrooms is a delicious side dish that is sure to please even the most demanding diners.
There are a number of reasons why grilled broccoli is an excellent side dish for beef wellington.
The sear and char from the grill elevate the flavors of the broccoli and the smokiness pairs well with the richness of the beef. Plus, the tender-crisp texture of the vegetable contrasts nicely with the rich, flaky crust of the Wellington.
When selecting broccoli for grilling, look for firm, brightly colored heads of broccoli with tight florets. Avoid any broccoli that has begun to yellow or turn brown.
To prepare the broccoli, simply trim off the tough ends of the stems and cut the florets into uniform pieces. Season the broccoli with salt, pepper, and olive oil before grilling over high heat for 3-4 minutes per side. Once grilled, the broccoli can be served as is or tossed with your favorite vinaigrette or sauce.
Grilled asparagus is a delicious and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with beef wellington. The little bit of char from the grill adds fantastic flavor, and the cheese and garlic add a delicious depth of flavor.
The great texture contrast between the crispy pastry of the wellington and the tender asparagus is also extremely enjoyable. Plus, it’s just yummy!
So next time you’re making beef wellington, be sure to include grilled asparagus on your menu. Your taste buds will thank you!
Carrot puree with ginger
Carrot puree with ginger is a great side dish for beef wellington because it is bright, easy to make, and seasonably refreshing.
The ginger in this recipe gives the carrot puree a bright flavor that goes well with the rich beef wellington. It can also be made with different seasonings to give it a unique flavor.
Carrot puree with ginger can be made ahead of time and reheated, making it a great side dish for a busy weeknight meal or special occasions.
Not to forget, carrot puree is seasonably refreshing and can be made in the summer or winter. This makes it a great side dish for any time of year.
Roasted Brussel sprouts
Roasted Brussel sprouts have an earthy, nutty flavor that complements the beef perfectly. Roasting them also brings out their sweetness, making them even more delicious.
Plus, the creamy texture of the roasted Brussel sprouts pairs perfectly with the flaky pastry of the wellington. And they are packed with nutrients and fiber, making them a healthy choice for any meal.
In short, roasted Brussel sprouts are an excellent choice of side dish for beef wellington because they taste great and complement the other flavors in the dish.
Green bean Caesar salad
The crunchy beans and Parmesan add a nice contrast to the rich, savory beef. The dressing is a little sweet and pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of the beef. The salad also adds a nice pop of color to the plate.
Overall, green bean Caesar salad is a delicious and visually appealing side dish that complements beef wellington perfectly.
Roasted fingerling potatoes
Roasted fingerling potatoes are a delicious and easy side dish that goes well with beef wellington.
The key to making them super tasty is to roast them with rosemary and Italian seasonings. I like to use a little bit of olive oil to help the flavors stick to the potatoes, and then I roast them in a hot oven until they’re nice and crispy on the outside.
Roasting the potatoes brings out their natural sweetness, and the rosemary and Italian seasonings give them a great depth of flavor. You can also add other herbs or spices to the potatoes if you want, but I think the rosemary and Italian seasonings are really all you need.
Mushroom and wild rice pilaf
Mushroom and wild rice pilaf is an easy-to-make, flavorful side dish that pairs perfectly with beef wellington.
The umami-loaded mushrooms give the pilaf a savory depth of flavor that enhances the rich taste of the beef, while the wild rice provides a nutty, earthy contrast.
The pilaf can also be made ahead of time and reheated, making it a convenient option for busy weeknights.
So if you’re looking for a delicious, hassle-free side dish to accompany your next beef wellington, look no further than mushroom and wild rice pilaf.
A list of other options
Vegetable side dishes
- Basic salad with balsamic vinaigrette
- Steamed, roasted, or sauteed broccoli
- Boiled beets
- Roasted beets with balsamic glaze
- Ranch or herb-roasted potatoes
- Yukon or baby red potato
- Mashed potato
- British mushy peas
- Baked onions
- Kale salad
Rice & starchy side dishes
- Brown rice pilaf
- Plain wild or white rice
- Herbed couscous pilaf
- Hawaiian fried rice
- Black rice
- Cranberry rice
- Garlic mushroom
- Mashed butternut squash with apples
- Wilted greens with bacon
- Roasted delicata squash salad
- Frisee salad
- Potato Dauphinoise
When it comes to what to serve with beef wellington, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from. We’ve listed some of our favorites here, but you can always get creative and come up with your own combinations.
So whether you’re looking for a simple side dish or something more elaborate, we’ve got you covered. So go ahead and plan your next beef wellington dinner party, and don’t forget to include one (or more!) of these delicious side dishes.