Beef Bourguignon's Perfect Pairings: Delicious Sides to Complement Your Meal!

Updated on 
21 April, 2023

What To Serve With Beef Bourguignon

Beef bourguignon is a classic French dish that has been enjoyed for centuries. Whether it's served at a formal dinner or a cozy family gathering, it's sure to be a hit.

What To Serve With Beef Bourguignon

But what should you serve with this hearty stew? Here, we take a look at the best sides and accompaniments to round out your meal and make it truly special.

From roasted vegetables and rustic breads to creamy mashed potatoes, there are plenty of delicious options for pairing with beef bourguignon (or a Stifado).

With these tasty ideas, you can create an unforgettable meal that will be remembered long after the last bite is gone.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables are the perfect accompaniment to beef bourguignon, and no meal is complete without a generous helping of delicious roasted carrots and squash medley.

Roasting vegetables in a hot oven helps bring out their natural flavor, making them even more irresistible.

But why do we serve these roasted vegetables with beef bourguignon? Could it be that they are so good together that they are meant to be enjoyed together? Or is it because we appreciate the balance of flavors between the two? This is a debate that could go on forever - all that matters is that you enjoy the deliciousness of this simple side dish.

Moving on from roasted vegetables, rustic breads are another excellent option for completing your meal.

Rustic Breads

Rustic breads are the perfect accompaniment to beef bourguignon.

Whether it's a rustic focaccia, lightly seasoned and sprinkled with fresh herbs, or an artisan baguette, its crisp crust and chewy interior make it a great partner for this hearty stew.

Serve each slice warm and buttered for the best flavor combination.

The ideal finish to a delicious meal of beef bourguignon is something creamy – like creamy mashed potatoes.

Rustic Breads

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

A traditional accompaniment to beef bourguignon is creamy mashed potatoes.

There's an art to making the perfect batch - it's said that a professional chef uses up to three pounds of butter for every five pounds of potatoes!

To make this classic dish, combine boiled potatoes with plenty of butter, sour cream and salt and pepper.

For more flavor, try adding some roasted garlic or chives.

To round out the meal, serve the mashed potatoes with butter poached carrots and stewed lentils.

The combination of creamy spuds, crunchy carrots and earthy lentils is sure to please any palate.

As you transition into the next course of steamed rice, your guests will be in for a flavorful surprise.

Steamed Rice

Mashed potatoes provide a creamy, comforting side to beef bourguignon, but for a different flavor profile, steamed rice can be just as satisfying.

Different cooking methods and types of rice can be used to bring out the flavors of the dish.

For example, jasmine rice cooked in broth will add a subtle nutty flavor to the meal.

Brown rice is also an excellent choice if you’re looking for something heartier.

Both of these options are great sources of carbohydrates that pair well with the savory stewed beef and vegetables.

To complete this classic French dish, serve wilted spinach on the side to add extra nutrition and color.

Wilted Spinach

For a savory finish, Wilted Spinach is the perfect accompaniment to Beef Bourguignon.

This classic side dish blends the freshness of spring greens with the crunchy texture of crispy croutons for a harmonious contrast in flavor and texture.

The wilting process also enhances the sweetness of the spinach, allowing it to take on a deep, earthy flavor that complements the richness of the beef.

Topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, this simple side dish provides an elegant touch that will have your guests coming back for more.

With its delicious flavors and vibrant colors, Wilted Spinach adds a pop of character to any menu – setting up your next course perfectly: Baked Polenta.

Wilted Spinach

Baked Polenta

Baked Polenta is a great side dish to serve alongside Beef Bourguignon. This creamy and comforting dish has the perfect texture to balance out the richness of the beef.

To make the polenta, simply bring two cups of chicken broth and one cup of polenta to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring often, until thickened. Then add in generous pinches of fresh herbs and some salted butter for extra flavor and richness.

Transfer to an oven-safe dish and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy it hot or cold - either way it’s delicious!

With its creamy texture and hint of fresh herbs, this Baked Polenta pairs perfectly with Beef Bourguignon. Transitioning into the subsequent section, buttered noodles provide an additional layer of flavor when served with this classic beef stew.

Buttered Noodles

While the baked polenta is a hardy side to serve with beef bourguignon, it can be complemented nicely by something lighter, like buttered noodles.

Cooked al dente, these noodles are tossed in melted butter and roasted garlic. The resulting texture is creamy and delicious, while the wilted greens add a layer of freshness to the dish.

Finally, there's an additional layer of umami flavor achieved with sauteed mushrooms that will take this side to the next level.

Sauteed Mushrooms

The perfect accompaniment to beef bourguignon is sautéed mushrooms.

Start by salting mushrooms, then fry them in a pan with caramelized onions until golden brown and tender.

The salt creates a savory flavor that pairs perfectly with the rich flavors of the beef bourguignon.

The combination of the two ingredients provides an earthy and umami experience that will leave your guests wanting more.

To finish, garnish the dish with fresh herbs for an extra pop of flavor.

Try this delicious side dish for your next dinner party and you won't be disappointed!


The beef bourguignon is a timeless classic, and its traditional accompaniments are sure to transport your taste buds and make your dinner guests swoon.

Sauteed Mushrooms

Roasted vegetables, rustic breads, creamy mashed potatoes, steamed rice, wilted spinach, baked polenta, buttered noodles, and sautéed mushrooms all pair perfectly with this hearty dish.

The earthy flavors of the beef bourguignon combined with these sides will have you feeling nostalgic for days gone by - like you've been transported to a cozy French bistro.

I can guarantee this meal will be an absolute hit! You won't have to worry about what to serve with your beef bourguignon ever again.

Try it out - I'm sure you'll love it just as much as I do!

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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