I was all set to make my croquettes for dinner, but I realized I was in need of a side dish. I didn’t want to run to the store, so I had to get creative. I decided to use some leftover macaroni and cheese as my side dish. However, it wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made.
The croquettes were delicious, but the macaroni and cheese were just so bland. At that moment I was happy that I was eating alone because no one was there to witness my culinary failure.
However, I knew I needed to find a better side dish for my croquettes. So, after some trial and error, I’ve compiled a list of delicious side dishes that will compliment your meal as well as add some much-needed flavor to your dish.
I’ll also provide tips on how to prepare each side dish so you don’t have to worry about making the same mistake I did.
What are you waiting for? Let’s get down to business!
Side Dishes for Croquettes
- Roasted Vegetables
- Spinach Dip
- Green Bean Salad
- Crab Cakes
- Béchamel Sauce
- Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Baked Beans
I’m starting off the list with some healthy roasted veggies. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of vegetables, and they pair perfectly with the crispy exterior of the croquettes. Plus, they add a touch of color to the plate.
Typically, to prepare roasted vegetables, simply toss your favorite veggies with olive oil and salt, then roast in a hot oven until tender and lightly browned. Some of my favorite roasted vegetables include potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and squash. But feel free to get creative and use whatever you have on hand.
Nonetheless, just make sure that they are cut into uniform pieces so that they will cook evenly. Once the vegetables are roasted, simply arrange the vegetables on a platter next to the croquettes.
What else can I use this side dish for?
In addition to being a great side dish for croquettes, roasted vegetables are also delicious on their own as a light meal or snack. So grab that dipping sauce and snack healthy. They are also a great addition to salads and sandwiches.
Next up is a delicious spinach dip. In my opinion, spinach dip makes an excellent side dish for croquettes because it offers a variety of textures and flavors that complement the crispy exterior and moist interior of the croquettes.
Moreover, this creamy spinach dip provides a rich counterpoint to the crispy breading, while the tangy onions add a touch of sweetness. The result is a side dish that is both flavorful and visually appealing.
Additionally, the spinach dip can be prepared in advance, making it a convenient option for busy weeknight dinners. Simply reheat the dip in the microwave just before serving. Leftovers can also be used with chicken or pasta dishes as well as a spread for sandwiches or wraps.
So, whether you’re serving croquettes as part of a casual family meal or an elegant dinner party, spinach dip is sure to please.
Green Bean Salad
This next side dish is simple yet classy. No matter what your main dish is, sometimes you need a little something to round out the meal. That’s where green bean salad comes in.
This versatile side dish can be used as a bed for croquettes, or as a standalone dish. Green beans are a good source of vitamins, making them a healthy addition to any meal. Plus, they’re just plain delicious.
To prepare green bean salad, simply blanch the beans in boiling water for two minutes. Then, shock them in cold water to stop the cooking process. Finally, dress the beans with your favorite salad dressing and serve.
I like to use a balsamic vinaigrette, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand. This side dish can be served cold or at room temperature.
This next side dish is perfect for seafood lovers. Crab cakes are a delicious and easy way to add some variety to your meal. They can be served as an appetizer or a main course, but they also make a great side dish.
Personally, I think crab cakes are a wonderful side dish for croquettes. They are both fried and have a crispy exterior. But what really makes crab cakes the ideal accompaniment for croquettes is their moist, fluffy interior.
Generally, the crab meat is mixed with mayonnaise, egg, and bread crumbs then formed into small cakes and fried until golden brown. When served alongside croquettes, crab cakes provide a delicious contrast in texture and flavor. And because they are so easy to prepare, crab cakes make an ideal last-minute addition to any meal.
In addition, do remember when choosing crab cakes, look for ones that are made with fresh crab meat but if you can’t find fresh crab meat, canned crabmeat will have to do the trick.
Following that is another side dish that is for a true foodie. Béchamel sauce is a rich, creamy sauce made from milk and flour. It is often used in French cuisine, but it can be used with any type of food.
Frankly, I think béchamel sauce makes an excellent side dish for croquettes because of its versatility. It can be used as a dipping sauce, or as a base for other sauces. Additionally, béchamel sauce can be flavored with herbs and spices to create endless flavor possibilities.
To make béchamel sauce, simply melt butter in a pot over low heat. Then, add flour and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Next, slowly add milk while whisking constantly. The sauce will thicken as it cooks.
Finally, season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper then get to dipping your croquettes in this delicious sauce. I’m sure you’ll agree that béchamel sauce is the perfect way to elevate your croquettes to gourmet status.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
I absolutely love sweet potatoes, and I especially love them when they’re in the form of delicious, crispy fries. So, when I was thinking about what would go well as a side dish for my croquettes, baked sweet potato fries definitely came to mind.
Ultimately, they’re the perfect balance of sweetness and savoriness, and they go so well with the crispy exterior and cheesy interior of the croquettes.
Plus, they’re super easy to prepare! Just slice the sweet potatoes into thin fry-shaped pieces, toss them in some olive oil and sea salt, and bake them in a preheated oven until they’re nice and crispy.
Last but not least, we have baked beans. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Baked beans are more of a main dish than a side dish. But trust me, they make an excellent accompaniment to croquettes.
The thing that makes baked beans such a great side dish is their sweetness. They provide the perfect balance to the savory flavors of the croquettes. Additionally, baked beans are a great source of protein and fiber, so they make a healthy and filling side dish.
To prepare baked beans, simply drain and rinse a can of black beans. Then, add them to a baking dish with some BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and spices. Bake the beans in a preheated oven until they’re nice and bubbly.
What is a croquette?
A croquette is a small, fried food made from a variety of different ingredients. The most common type of croquette is made with mashed potatoes and ground beef, but there are many other variations.
What are some other side dishes for croquettes?
In addition to crab cakes, béchamel sauce, and baked sweet potato fries, other side dishes for croquettes include roasted vegetables and green salad.
What is the best way to reheat croquettes?
To reheat croquettes, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, place the croquettes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 15 minutes, or until they’re heated through.
What is a croquette made of?
A croquette is typically made with mashed potatoes and ground beef, but there are many other variations. Other common ingredients in croquettes include bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, and spices.
To wrap up, there are many delicious side dishes that go great with croquettes. Some of my personal favorites include crab cakes, béchamel sauce, and baked sweet potato fries.
However, there are many other great options to choose from. So whether you’re looking for a healthy option or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, there’s sure to be a side dish for croquettes that’s perfect for you!
What have you got to lose? Give one of these sides a try next time your making croquettes!