Beef stew is comfort food at its finest. A bowlful of this beauty gives you succulent chunks of beef and flavorful veggies swimming in a pool of sweet and savory soup. One spoonful of this hearty dish warms not just the body, but also the soul.
It’s the best dish to serve on a cold, snowy, or rainy day. Plus, a pot of this hearty soup on the stove makes the whole house smell amazing. It is, without exaggeration, heaven in a bowl.
Beef stew tastes phenomenal all on its own. But with a few well-chosen side dishes, you can transform this savory soup into an unforgettable meal.
When it comes to textures, beef stew loves a crunchy companion. But also pairs well with something light, creamy, and refreshing. Salads and roasted veggies fit both descriptions, making them the perfect combo.
But it doesn’t end there! Turn that hearty soup into a feast with these 14 quick and easy side-dishes.
1. French Baguette
Whenever soups or stews are involved, you can’t go wrong with some nice crunchy bread. That’s why a French baguette pairs perfectly with beef stew. It’s a fool-proof rustic combination. Not only is it crunchy, light, and flavorful, it also works as a sponge that will soak up all those wonderful herb flavors in the soup.
2. Dinner Rolls
Another starchy side that will sop up that delicious gravy. Dinner rolls are soft, buttery, and perfect for beef stew. Both dishes are rich and flavorful, making them a stunning pair.
3. Cheddar Cheese Biscuits
We’ve already established that bread and stew make an awesome pair. But you know what’s even better? Cheese, and lots of it. And when it comes to cheesy bread, some decadent cheddar cheese biscuits fit the bill.
4. Corn Muffins
They’re sweet, chewy, and filling; perfect for your beef stew feast. Add some spice to this Mexican cornbread by adding some green chiles to the batter.
A warm bowl of chewy and nutty rice is all you need to round out your hearty beef stew. This simple dish will satisfy your hunger without overpowering the flavors in the stew. It’s a subtle side that will let the star of the meal shine. Both white and brown rice are great, but brown is chewier, nuttier, and tastes better with this dish.
6. Green Salad
You can never go wrong with a simple side salad. It rounds out the entire meal with beautiful contrasting flavors and textures. The salad is crisp and refreshing, while the stew is tender and rich. Together, they make beautiful harmony.
Plus, it’s super easy to make! Just combine romaine lettuce, onions, Parmesan cheese, and drizzle with a vinaigrette dressing.
7. Mashed Potatoes
Another starchy treat that will satisfy your hunger. Two classic comfort foods in one meal; it doesn’t get much better than that.
Picture it: a warm bowl of beef stew partnered with velvety potatoes folded with sour cream and butter. If that image doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will!
8. Cauliflower Mash
Mashed potatoes are irresistible, but, it’s a tad high on the carbs and calories. If you’re looking for a lighter but equally yummy version, use cauliflower instead of potatoes. Add some parsnips into the mix for a delicious earthy flavor!
Just like mashed potatoes, this Italian staple made of cornmeal and butter is rich and creamy. What makes it different is its subtly sweet flavor. It’s the perfect way to round out a sweet and savory slow-braised beef.
10. Roast Potatoes
Here’s another potato recipe that tastes amazing with beef stew. Roast potatoes are light and crisp and easy to make.
To make, slice the potatoes and boil. Transfer them into an oven tray and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and bake for 50 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Couscous may not be as popular as the other entries on this list, but it’s one of the most delicious sides for beef stew. This dish has a unique grainy texture that soaks up the flavors of beef stew. It’s easy to make, too!
To cook, combine equal parts couscous and water. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes, stirring with a fork. Then, add some baby spinach leaves, chopped green onions, and your choice of fresh herbs. Terrific.
12. Tomato Salad
Beef stew has such rich and bold flavors, it needs a sweet and simple companion to balance it out. For this combination, a nice refreshing tomato salad is an excellent choice.
Just combine fresh tomato slices with mint, parsley, and dill. Then, season it with a mixture of olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and garlic. Simple yet effective.
13. Grilled Vegetables
How does a side of cucumber, bell peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms with slow-braised beef sound? If you think that sounds amazing, here’s an even better idea: grill those bad boys.
It’s so easy. Just season and grill your choice of veggies for 10 minutes and they’re done!
14. Buttered Cabbage
Here’s another simple yet delicious side to make for your beef stew dinner. On its own, cabbage may be a little bland. But, if you season it with salt and pepper, and smother it with lots of butter, you’ll get a scrumptious side dish to die for.
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