Nothing is more comforting than a warm, hearty meal on a cold day. Whether it’s your family’s Sunday dinner or a special occasion, this dish is sure to please everyone at the table. One of the best things about pot roast is that it’s full of flavor, but you can add even more by serving it with the right side dishes. You want to choose foods that complement the rich taste of the meat and vegetables in your roast. If you’re looking for something new, try one of these delicious side dishes for pot roast; they will make any meal feel like an event!
A Good Side Dish With Pot Roast – What Is Best?
Pot roast can be enjoyed alone, but when it comes to side dishes, it is more fun to have a few to choose from. One of the great things about pot roast is that you can use the leftovers in many different ways. There are some traditional sides that go well with a pot roast dinner and there are some interesting sides that can be made using your leftover pot roast.
A good side dish with a pot roast dinner will enhance the flavor of the main course without overpowering or clashing with it. A traditional dinner will have starch such as potatoes or noodles and several vegetables. Some dishes combine all three elements, such as scalloped potatoes or shepherd’s pie. Or you could make something simple like mashed potatoes and green beans.
Leftover pot roast has many uses and can be turned into other meals by adding to soup, dressing or quesadillas. As a side dish, one option is to shred up some of the leftover pot roasts and add it to nachos for an appetizer at your next party.
Put Vegetables On Pot Roast
The vegetables in a pot roast are very important. They help to keep the meat moist and tender, and they also offer an easy way to add flavor to the dish. When you purchase vegetables for your pot roast, look for vegetables that are in season. Because they are fresh, they will have more flavor than store-bought vegetables which may be stale by the time you prepare them.
The potatoes should be scrubbed clean and then peeled because the peel can become tough when cooked for long periods of time. If all of your potatoes are small, then you can leave them whole. If some of them are large, then cut them into halves or quarters so that they will cook faster than the carrots and onions.
Carrots should be peeled as well and can be left whole or sliced into rounds or batons depending on their size. Onions should be cleaned and quartered so that you can remove any outer skin that is damaged. Cut a few chunks out of the center of each onion quarter before placing them in with the meat to prevent them from falling apart during cooking. Place half of the vegetables on top of the meat before putting it into the oven or slow cooker.
The remaining half should go in after about one hour to ensure that they do not overcook and turn mushy. Once the meat is cooked, you can remove it from the pot using a wooden spoon and then place it on a bed of shredded cabbage. The rest of the vegetables should be placed back in, plus some of the cooking liquid that has accumulated near the bottom of the slow cooker. When reheating your pot roast, later on, you can substitute another vegetable in place of one or more of those listed above if you wish.
What To Serve With Pot Roast Dinner?
1. Creamy Mac N Cheese
This mac and cheese recipe is creamy and delicious, but what sets it apart from other recipes is its use of three different cheeses: sharp cheddar, Swiss cheese, and Parmesan. The cheddar gives it a rich flavor, the Swiss add a nutty taste, and the Parmesan provides a sharp finish. If you’re looking for an indulgent side dish for your pot roast dinner, this is the recipe for you!
2. Microwave Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are one of the most popular side dishes for pot roast, so here’s a quick way to make them without heating up your kitchen. This microwave mashed potato recipe can be made in just minutes and tastes even better than if you had made them on the stovetop! All you need are potatoes (peeled or unpeeled), butter, milk, and a few spices like salt and pepper to create a unique side dish.
3. Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Brussel sprouts are a beloved fall vegetable, but they’re also a great addition to any pot roast dinner. The sprouts have a unique flavor profile that plays off of the richness of the meat extremely well: they’re tart and tangy with a slightly bitter aftertaste, while the meat is savory and full-bodied in taste.
4. Fried Rice
Another classic dish that pairs perfectly with pot roast is fried rice. The savoriness of fried rice will perfectly balance out the richness of the meat, while its distinctive aroma will help cut through some of the fattiness of it all. The rice’s subtle sweetness will also provide an excellent contrast to pot roast’s savory flavors, resulting in a plate that can only be described as divine.
5. Yorkshire Pudding
Fluffy and light Yorkshire pudding is not exactly a pudding at all, but rather a popover-like side dish made from eggs, flour, and milk that puffs up beautifully when baked in the drippings of a roast. If you have never had it before, it is delicious and can be served with gravy or butter. I make mine in a muffin tin so they come out perfectly round and small enough for my kids to pop in their mouths without making too big of a mess. To serve, simply cut around the circumference of the muffin cup with a knife or fork and pop out each Yorkshire pudding individually onto plates.
6. Air Fryer Asparagus
I recently got an air fryer and have been loving how quick and easy it is to use. You literally just throw your ingredients in and let the machine do all the work, which makes it a great way to cook in a large batch when you’re making dinner for friends or family. I chose to use asparagus in this recipe because it cooks quickly and pairs wonderfully with roast beef.
7. Sweet Potato Fries
A healthy alternative to regular fries, sweet potato fries have all the crispness of a French fry combined with the fiber benefits of veggies. The sweetness of a sweet potato complements the saltiness of your meat for a taste that’s unbeatable. You can also make them healthier by baking them in the oven instead of frying them up in oil, which is another way they’ll complement your roast.
8. Steamed Broccoli
There’s no better way to eat broccoli than steamed! It maintains its bright color and crisp texture while taking on some savory flavors from your pot roast juices, like onion and garlic. You can also add some lemon juice or vinegar to bring out an extra punch of flavor that’s sure to satisfy everyone at the table.
9. Sous Vide Green Beans
Use your sous vide to make perfect green beans every time. First, cut off the ends of fresh green beans. Trim any stringy parts from the sides of each bean with kitchen shears. Add a little salt to your sous vide bag, then place the trimmed green beans in the bag in an even layer. Fill the sous vide container with water and clip the bag to it using clothespins. Heat the water to 175 degrees Fahrenheit (79 degrees Celsius) and cook for half an hour. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
10. Boiled Corn On The Cob
Of course, nothing goes better with a pot roast than corn on the cob! Place two or three ears of corn on a cutting board and slice off their silk tops with a knife. Boil water in a large pot on your stove and give the ears of corn a quick rinse to get rid of any dirt. Place the ears of corn in the boiling water and cook for five minutes. Then remove them from heat and let cool before serving.
11. Soft And Buttery Dinner Rolls
One of the best parts of pot roast is soaking up the delicious gravy with a soft, buttery dinner roll. These rolls are just as easy to make as they are to eat, so you’ll want to whip them up for every pot roast dinner you make.
12. Creamy Potato Salad
Traditional potato salad is always a crowd-pleaser at pot roast dinners, but it can be hard to get the dressing right. This recipe calls for a simple blend of mayonnaise, mustard, and sour cream—plus a few other ingredients—that comes together quickly and adds a creamy, tangy flavor to your potatoes.
13. Roasted Carrots
Pot roast is best known for its hearty flavors, so it’s no surprise that roasted carrots pair well with it. Roasted carrots can be seasoned in a variety of ways, but complement the flavor of pot roast the most when they’re sweetened. You can make some glazed carrots with brown sugar and butter or even just sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar before you put them in the oven. Either way, these roasted carrots will add variety to your pot roast dinner.
14. Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
For those who enjoy an extra helping of carbs with their meals, frozen french fries can be transformed into an entirely new threat in an air fryer. The high heat from an air fryer crisps up your frozen french fries in minutes without needing any oil.
15. Scalloped Potatoes
Scalloped potatoes are one of the best side dishes for pot roast because they can be prepared in the same dish and both bake for about the same amount of time. Simply layer sliced potatoes in a baking dish with onions, garlic, salt, and butter. Pour in cream or evaporated milk and cover with foil to bake! For an even quicker option, use frozen shredded potatoes.
I hope you enjoyed this guide to side dishes for pot roast. Your meal will be delicious, nutritious, and loved by all! To your health!