Beef Wellington is that scrumptious dish we order at the restaurant when we’re feeling a bit fancy.
It is the epitome of sophistication – mouthwatering seared beef tenderloin smeared with a thin layer of pâté; topped with duxelles – an umami paste made of mushroom, shallots, butter, and sherry; and encased in golden puff pastry that’s baked to perfection. One bite will give you an explosion of flavors and textures.
If you’ve ever seen a cooking show judged by Gordon Ramsay, you’ll know how challenging a great-tasting Beef Wellington is to achieve!
That said, you don’t want to put your effort (not to mention, money) to waste by serving it with some subpar side dish.
Be sure to serve dishes that will complement the complex flavors and textures of your Beef Welly. You want to give it the spotlight it deserves, so it’s best to pair it with a simple side dish that won’t clash or overpower its exquisite goodness.
Want to know exactly what to serve with Beef Wellington? Stick around to learn more.
1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
You might be wary serving Brussels sprouts with your expensive entree because of their bad reputation, but hear me out.
Brussels sprouts, when roasted to perfection, are like little bites of heaven. In fact, they actually have a sweet, creamy, nutty, and earthy flavor that will work excellently with Beef Wellington.
It’s easy to make, too! Just toss them with butter or olive oil, parmesan or Asiago cheese, and season with salt and pepper. Pop it in the oven and cook until tender.
Or, if you’re feeling a little experimental, try this alternative: mix Brussels sprouts with garlic and shallots, and coat them in balsamic vinegar. And then roast them until caramelized. This recipe will still give you the earthy side, but with savory and sweet notes.
2. Roasted Baby Carrots
While Beef Wellington has a variety of textures, it’s mostly soft and tender. So, you might want to give your meal a bit of crunch in the form of baby carrots.
For me, there is no simpler and better way to cook this vibrant veggie than by roasting it. This method caramelizes these babies, bringing out their natural sweetness. It’s also simple to prepare – just coat in butter or olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and roast in the oven.
3. Roasted Beets and Parsnips
Give your Beef Wellington a nutritious and colorful side by pairing it with some roasted beets and parsnips. They’re not only vibrant, but flavorful as well. These veggies are sweet, earthy, and crunchy, and work wonderfully with the tender Welly.
4. Carrot Puree
Alternatively, if you want to give your Beef Wellington a touch of brightness minus the crunch, you can puree the carrots instead. It’s easy, just puree the carrots in the blender along with a bit of ginger and cinnamon.
Place a dollop of this refreshing mixture next to your Welly and you’ve got yourself a stunning dish.
5. Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce
Beef Wellington is a classic dish, so it makes sense to serve it with an equally classic side. Nothing better fits the bill than a simple asparagus with hollandaise sauce.
The combination of crunchy sauteed or steamed asparagus topped with rich and creamy hollandaise is all you need to complement your phenomenal entree.
6. Grilled Broccoli
Here’s another veggie that pairs well with Beef Wellington – broccoli. To prepare, just give this cruciferous veg a good char by grilling it. A little bit of a black char never hurts, in fact, it will even elevate the flavors of your broccoli to a new level.
7. Frisee Salad…
Or actually, any fresh salad. Salad is great with the decadent Beef Wellington because it’s simple, refreshing, crunchy, and not to mention, nutritious!
Any combination of greens, nuts, fruits and veggies, protein, cheese, and dressing is great, but here are my suggestions:
- Frisee with pears, hazelnuts, blue cheese, and cranberry vinaigrette.
- Radicchio, escarole, Swiss chard, shallots, pomegranate seeds, parmesan cheese, and a honey, balsamic, mustard, and extra virgin olive oil dressing.
8. Risotto with Mushrooms
Apart from vegetables, starches also pair well with Beef Wellington. Starchy dishes are heavy, so they’re great at satisfying your hunger.
A decadent serving of risotto infused with earthy mushrooms is perfect for Beef Wellington – it’s delicious, filling, and just as elegant as your main.
Want to give it an even more umami flavor? Top it with some shaved truffles! The flavor combination is just to die for, plus it makes the dish even more luxurious.
9. Mashed Potatoes
Whether it’s fine or casual dining, potatoes will always be a great accompaniment to any meal.
The humble potato is so versatile, there are a plethora of ways to prepare it. But a serving of simple mashed potatoes is more than enough, even for the most magnificent Beef Wellington.
You can opt for the most basic recipe with milk, sour cream, and butter; but you can also give it a little kick by infusing it with garlic. To make, just add some sauteed garlic to your potatoes and mash together before adding the rest of the ingredients.
10. Potatoes Dauphinoise
Potato what now? You’re already putting in a lot of effort making Beef Wellington, so might as well go fancy with the side dish, right?
Actually, dauphinoise is just another term for gratin. And as you may know, it’s not complicated to make at all! You just slice potatoes in thin rounds and top them with cream, gruyere, thyme, salt, and pepper. And then you just let the oven do its magic!
11. Rice Pilaf
Now, we can’t talk about starchy sides without bringing up rice. It’s an easy-to-prepare dish that pairs well with any protein-loaded entree, and Beef Wellington is no exception.
But, instead of making a simple steamed rice, kick things up a notch by making pilaf instead.
All you need to do is add some stock, veggies, herbs, and spices to your rice and it’s done! These simple additions will give your rice a significant transformation that’s bursting with flavor.
If you want a healthier version, just use brown instead of white rice.
12. Baked Sweet Potatoes
We’ve already featured two potato dishes on this list, now it’s time to give its sweet cousin the spotlight.
Just like the potato, the sweet potato also makes a wonderful side dish for Beef Wellington. And it doesn’t require a lot of effort to prepare: just bake them and slather with butter and you’re ready to go.