Transform your beef bourguignon into a meal to remember with these 13 delightful side dishes. From mashed potatoes to broccolini, these sides are sure to be a hit.
Chunks of fork-tender beef stew and hearty veggies swimming in a rich red wine gravy: that’s what beef bourguignon is all about.
This classic French soup is all about comfort. Thick and hearty, one spoonful is sure to brighten up a gloomy day!
While you can devour bowls of this heavenly old-fashioned beef stew on its own, eating it with side dishes makes it even more of a treat.
Thankfully, finding the perfect accompaniments for beef bourguignon is much easier than spelling it out!
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite beef bourguignon pairings! Just a word of warning: these side dishes will definitely make you hungry.
Without further ado, here’s what to serve with beef bourguignon. Make your meal extra special by accompanying it with these stunning dishes!
Beef bourguignon has such an incredibly rich flavor, so it’s nice to pair it with something light. Noodles are the perfect candidate for the job!
I mean, how can you go wrong with beef bourguignon noodle soup? It’s comfort food at its finest!
Noodles do a wonderful job of toning down the umami flavors of the stew, without making it too bland.
Apart from noodles, you can also pair your stew with rice. Rice has that chewy consistency and subtle nuttiness that makes it the perfect side for stew!
Plus, the starches in the rice will absorb the broth beautifully, giving you a dish with a perfectly balanced flavor.
It doesn’t matter what type of rice you use, either! White, brown, long-grain, or jasmine — all of these pair fantastically with beef bourguignon.
3. Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are one of the most classic sides for beef bourguignon, and for good reason.
A hearty, carb-loaded side such as mashed potatoes is exactly what this protein-packed stew needs. Together, they make a complete and satisfying meal.
Tender stew and mashed potatoes with sour cream and butter? That’s what I call a perfect combination.
Giant, fluffy, and airy popovers: the perfect bread for the perfect stew.
Just imagine dipping that popover in the stew, that starchy goodness soaking up all the wonderful flavors from the broth. Oh, boy!
And if you think popovers require professional baking skills, think again. They’re so easy to make, even newbies can do it.
5. Dinner Roll or Baguette
Apart from popovers, dinner rolls and baguettes are also great breads for stew-dipping fun.
Dinner rolls are tender, buttery, and fluffy, while a baguette is crunchy and chewy. They may have different characteristics, but they’re both amazing, and they both taste great with beef bourguignon.
6. Green Salad
You can never go wrong with a soup and salad combo! For a thick and hearty stew, you’ll want to go with a simple green salad with a refreshing dressing.
Making beef bourguignon takes time, so pairing it with something quick and simple is ideal. Whipping up a salad couldn’t be easier: just toss together lettuce, onions, and parmesan, dress it with vinaigrette, and you’re done!
7. Green Beans
Here’s another healthy side that works with beef bourguignon like magic. Green beans drenched in a balsamic sauce — it’s a tangy and crunchy side that complements the stew wonderfully!
Just like a salad, this dish is also quick and easy to prepare – it’s done in 10 minutes!
8. Mashed Cauliflower
Yes, mashed potatoes are unrivaled when it comes to sides. But if you want a healthier alternative, that’s also packed with flavor, give cauliflower a chance.
It may not be as sinful, but I guarantee you, it hits all the right notes. Rich, creamy, hearty, minus the guilt and calories? I won’t say no to that!
Easy peasy polenta: it’s a rich and buttery side that tastes fantastic with any meat, beef bourguignon included.
Together, polenta and beef bourguignon make an incredibly rich and hearty dish. Plus, it comes together quickly, to boot! With this side, very minimal effort is required.
10. Roasted Red Potatoes
Apart from mashed potatoes, roasted red potatoes also pair beautifully with beef bourguignon.
Boiled spuds drizzled with olive oil, flavored with rosemary, and baked to perfection? This dish may be simple, but it’s packed with flavor.
Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and tasty all over, it’s the most excellent side for your beef bourguignon.
Broccolini may not be as popular as broccoli, but it’s just as delicious and nutritious. It pairs well with beef bourguignon, too.
To make a ridiculously yummy broccolini dish, just saute it in olive oil and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice. That’s it. So easy, right?
The crunch, the color! Asparagus is not only good for the body, but as a side for beef bourguignon as well.
Infused with rosemary, garlic, butter, and bacon, and then roasted to perfection, this side dish could not be any tastier or easy to make!
13. Garden Tomato Salad
This salad may be simple, but it’s big on flavor. It only requires three main ingredients: tomatoes, cucumbers, and vinaigrette.
This combo makes the lightest, most refreshing accompaniment to your stew.