Are you here to find out what kind of sides go with beef bourguignon? How do you even pronounce that? (Psst: boor-gee-nyoh.) Here are a few recipes for side dishes so you’ll always know what to serve with beef bourguignon.
I would like to start by clarifying what beef bourguignon is before moving forward.
This way we are all sure to be on the same page in our recipe book before we begin.
This rich, robust beef stew is a dish hails from the Burgundy region of France.
According to Wikipedia:
“Beef bourguignon, also known as boeuf bourguignon or beef Burgundy, is a beef stew braised in red wine, often red Burgundy, and beef stock, typically flavored with carrots, onions, garlic, and a bouquet garni and garnished with pearl onions, mushrooms, and bacon.”
I think they nailed it. This is no delicate, wimpy dish. It’s a face-punch of deep wine and beef flavors, simmered for a long time. It deserves a monumental side dish or two!
The technique of braising is used when cooking a tougher cut of meat first in dry heat, then gently in liquid, typically brisket, chuck steak or stewing beef, until it becomes tender and juicy.
Beef bourguignon is different from a “traditional” beef stew in that it uses a dry red wine as part of the liquid for the braising.
Usually a red Burgundy is the optimum choice, such as a pinot noir, merlot, red Bordeaux, or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Now that your beef bourguignon is simmering away, it is time to decide what you will serve alongside it.
From the clouds of garlic-infused mashed potatoes, to the wild rice and mushroom pilaf to the luscious fall flavors of Roasted Pumpkin With Cranberry And Pecans, we really want you to let us know if any of these tickle your fancy!
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So here, for your consideration, are 17 side dishes for beef bourguignon as the perfect accompaniment for your dining experience.
Anyone can slap a grocery-store baguette on the table. But the oven-aroma of fresh biscuits are to die for.
We heartily offer that a memorable homemade buttermilk biscuit is an excellent idea for what to serve with beef bourguignon.
The thick savory satisfying beef entree paired with fluffy flaky layered biscuit with sweet honey butter topping would be delightful.
These can be made ahead and frozen till needed.
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Wondering what to serve with beef burgundy?
This wild rice pilaf with a decidedly nutty flavor, has several different varieties of mushrooms added in that will pair nicely, including shitake, button and cremini.
The wild rice cooks for 45 minutes in a saucepan while sauteing mushrooms in a skillet.
Combine them together for a wonderfully satisfying side.
Beef bourguignon side dishes should complement the entree in flavor and texture.
These garlic mashed potatoes are divine and loaded with garlic and butter.
Unique idea of boiling the potatoes with the garlic cloves so they are soft to mix and mash together giving excellent flavor throughout!
Don’t forget the salt and pepper!
Braised brussel sprouts with bacon and apple juice might be exactly what to eat with beef bourguignon tonight!
A delightfully simple dish preparation of cooking bacon, sauteing the brussel sprouts, adding the juice to boil and then simmer.
The bacon is added back at the end for a beautiful vegetable side that might win over first time eaters.
Salad beef bourguignon side dishes have a lot of freedom to be creative!
Like this spinach salad boasting fruit, nuts, onions, blue cheese, and goat cheese all dressed up in a sweet balsamic salad dressing!
The natural sweetness this salad brings to the table balances out the deep savory flavor of the beef.
Bread choices to serve as beef bourguignon sides abound.
However, this classic beer bread stands out because it is forgiving (no rising with yeast) and enjoyed by all, because you get the flavor from the beer without the alcohol, which bakes out.
Six ingredients needed are flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter and beer.
The kind of beer you pick will determine the flavor of the bread.
If you want a mild taste, go for a Lite version.
Craft beers and IPAs can be overpowering but seasonal brews are creative options like pumpkin ale or hard cider.
Rosemary roasted potatoes could be the best thing for what to serve with beef Burgundy.
These are fragrant and flavorful! Really could not be easier!
Clean the potatoes, cut into pieces, season with salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary, and bake!
This just might be your new favorite go-to potato recipe.
Beef bourguignon sides along the available vegetable options are long and wide.
Here we have lovely artichokes taking center stage.
Great instructions on how to prep the artichokes and when to add each ingredient.
The center choke comes out easily after the simmering, with browning and seasoning at the end.
With a blast of bright green, and a quick preparation time, this garlic parmesan broccolini recap is a winner all the way around when considering what to eat with beef bourguignon.
With the longer thinner stems, the texture and taste of broccolini is different from broccoli.
With minimal ingredients and quick sauteing, these are ready to serve.
The simple beauty to cauliflower is that while it is a plain vegetable by taste standards, this is actually its hidden super power.
Since it allows any seasoning added to fully absorb, it creates something unique depending on the spices chosen.
When deciding on side dishes for beef bourguignon, cauliflower may be a great option with five different seasoning instructions presented, along with a myriad others.
This most exquisite of ideas on what to serve with beef bourguignon is made of pumpkin, cranberry and pecans.
Roasted pumpkin straight out of the oven, rehydrated dried cranberries all drizzled with maple syrup and sprinkled with pecans.
Beautiful colors and fantastic taste!
If reducing carbohydrate intake is on your mind when picking what to eat with beef bourguignon, this stunning mashed cauliflower recipe may fit your needs.
Seems an obvious choice, but this recipe sets itself apart in one simple way: The extra moisture is squeezed out after boiling.
It does in fact, make all the difference in mimicking true mashed potato texture!
When savory is balanced with sweet, it becomes memorable!
Sweet potatoes as side dishes for beef bourguignon do just that.
Plus, how lovely is a plate with rich brown beef bourguignon aside a deep orange sweet potato?
Fulfills that craving for a meat and potato combination! Baking one in the microwave is a snap following this recipe!
With the plethora of choices when thinking about what to serve with beef Burgundy, perhaps keeping it simple is the best answer.
A tasty satisfying salad may be in order.
This one has spinach as the bed, hot bacon dressing and avocado and pecans to finish!
The hardest part of this recipe is the dicing of the butternut squash.
It is all downhill from there!
Season with oil, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, salt and pepper.
This idea on what to serve with beef bourguignon is unique and delicious!
Roast the diced squash, toss with a bit more balsamic vinegar and it is ready to serve!
As beef bourguignon side dishes rank, this one is not as well known, and that’s a shame really.
Radishes are another excellent root vegetable that get looked over but are quite mild and tasty when roasted!
Here they are seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, and any other seasoning you like.
Give them a couple minutes under the broiler to make them extra crispy!
For something light but filling as beef bourguignon sides can be, roasted cabbage is a solution! Cut, season, roast.
The onion-dijon sauce is spectacular and is added just before serving!
Some of your guests might never have realized that cabbage could taste so good!
You would be doing them a favor.
The bottom line
Choosing the best side to serve with beef bourguignon is no small task.
There are so many options, all of which taste outstanding.
I hope this list inspired you with one that might be perfect for you.
- Fresh Buttermilk Biscuits
- Wild Rice And Mushroom Pilaf
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- Braised Brussels Sprouts With Bacon And Apple Juice
- Apple Walnut Spinach Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Beer Bread
- Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
- Braised Artichokes With White Wine And Garlic
- Garlic Parmesan Broccolini
- Roasted Cauliflower
- Roasted Pumpkin With Cranberry And Pecans
- The Best Ever Mashed Cauliflower
- How To Cook A Sweet Potato In The Microwave
- Wilted Spinach Salad With Hot Bacon Dressing
- Roasted Butternut Squash With Rosemary And Balsamic Vinegar
- Garlic Parm Roasted Radishes
- Roasted Cabbage Wedges With Onion Dijon Sauce
- Choose one or more options from our list of ideas for what to serve with beef bourguignon!
- Create your new favorite dish.
- Pat yourself on the back for making food at home for you to enjoy!
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