Beef Bourguignon is a French dish of beef braised in red wine and typically cooked with bacon.
The name comes from the region where it originated: Burgundy (Bourgogne). The recipe was popularized by Julia Child’s 1961 cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cookery”.
It is enhanced by wine, bacon, and onions. The dish is traditionally served with mashed potatoes or boiled rice as a side dish to soak up all of those delicious juices from this hearty meal!
But are there any better options than that? Here is a list of some favorites side dishes that can be served with Beef Bourguignon.
1 – Mashed Potatoes
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’d notice that I’m a big fan of mashed potatoes.
And guess what! They’re a perfect side dish to serve with Beef Bourguignon.
Mashed potatoes are easy and inexpensive, but they taste so good. They can be made in advance if you want them warm when serving the meal or served cold as leftovers for lunch on another day of your busy week ahead.
Just make sure that there’s enough gravy leftover from dinner). Mashing is also an excellent way to use up any old vegetables lurking at home.
Like those carrots hiding out near expiration date under other produce items inside our fridge door.
2 – Risotto
If you think that mashed potatoes are too heavy, you can try serving Beef Bourguignon with risotto.
Risottos have a lighter texture than the creamy mash so they’re perfect for those who don’t want to feel like their stomach is about ready to burst after dinner. Most importantly, they take less time!
You’ll be able to get them on your plate in just 20 minutes!
3 – Roasted Carrots with Thyme and Garlic
It’s time to get creative with your vegetables! Here’s one of my favorite.
Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness, so they’re a great option for those who want to avoid adding any sugar or butter to the dish! You can also add some red pepper flakes if you like your food spicy.
4 – Buttered Corn on the Cob
To flavor up the good-old Corn on the cob, try adding a little butter and salt. The combination of butter and salt will make your corn taste even better!
This is a great side dish for those who want to avoid adding any sugar or dairy to their meal. And last but least- this recipe only requires two ingredients: Corn cobs & Butter.
5 – Steamed Asparagus Spears with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil Dressing
If you want a healthy side dish, opt for steamed asparagus spears with lemon juice and olive oil dressing. Add a little salt and pepper to your asparagus for a more flavorful dish.
With this recipe, you’ll get a side dish that is both healthy and delicious.
This recipe only requires three ingredients: asparagus, lemon juice & olive oil (or any other oil of your choice).
6 – Sauteed Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce
How’s about an earthy side dish? Sauteed mushrooms in white wine sauce is a great option. It doesn’t take long to make and it’s delicious.
Mushrooms can balance out the richness of the Beef Bourguignon. The result is an earthy, hearty dish that will leave you feeling satisfied.
7 – Cauliflower Gratin
If this is the first time you’re trying cauliflower gratin, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s a great way to get your kids (or picky adults) to eat vegetables without them realizing it.
You can flavor it with whatever you want, but I like to use garlic and herb cheese.
Most importantly, it’s gluten-free! It can be served as an appetizer or side dish with Beef Bourguignon for the perfect pairing of flavors.
8 – Kale Salad
We simply can’t miss out on the salad in this post. Kale salad is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.
It is a great side dish to any meal! It also has the perfect crunch that will make you forget about your favorite potato chips!
You can use any type of kale, but I like to mix in some baby spinach for extra color since we’re talking winter here (and not summer).
The dressing should be light so as longs there are no heavy ingredients such as mayonnaise or sour cream – then anything goes well on this dish.
9 – Potato and Green Bean Salad
If you’re not a fan of kale, try this potato and green bean salad! This dish is a perfect option for those who are looking to cut down on carbs but still want something hearty!
The potatoes provide the starch, while beans add protein – so it’s like getting two dishes in one here folks. You can also use any type of white or sweet onion you have lying around as well if that suits your fancy better than shallots.
The downside of salads is they often lack flavor so to bring some depth, feel free to add a few spices- garlic and cumin are particularly nice!
Beef Bourguignon is a dish that should not be eaten alone. It is a hearty, rich meal and needs to have some lighter dishes on the side for it to taste balanced.
You should consider trying those mentioned above or your variations.
- Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Carrots with Thyme and Garlic
- Buttered Corn on the Cob
- Steamed Asparagus Spears with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil Dressing
- Sauteed Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce
- Cauliflower Gratin
- Kale Salad
- Potato and Green Bean Salad
- Choose your favorite recipe from the list of options.
- Organize all required ingredients and prepare a delicious meal in 30 minutes or less!