What to Serve with Pot Roast: 44 Tasty Side Dish Ideas
If you’re wondering what to serve with pot roast, the holy grail of comfort food, it all comes down to THE SIDES for this juicy cut of beef.
Pot roast may very well be the ultimate food among comfort food. It’s a hearty meal for chilly days and is assembled with simple ingredients that are a super cinch to pull together. I personally love it because my oven does the heavy lifting!
Here is my recipe for the perfect, Southern pot roast that is incredibly melt in your mouth DELISH!!!
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No argument from fans of the savory pot roast, a Sunday supper staple in America for…well, forever. It’s loved for good reason as much by its preparer in addition to its eaters.
Why? Because this dish is considered to be a complete meal. It’s roasted low and slow alongside delicious and hearty elements like carrots and potatoes.
So, when you find the perfect pot roast recipe, kind of like my Dixie Pot Roast pictured above and below, consider what to serve with pot roast. Add an easy side dish or three!
A great side dish needn’t be complicated. Having extra is necessary if you’re feeding a crowd or cooking for special occasions.
Maybe you simply need to stretch that main dish meat a little further. So go ahead and add the best side dishes to accompany.
Let’s get started with the best sides for your pot roast dinner!
Best Potato Sides
Beef and potatoes are a match made in gastronomic heaven! Not cooking potatoes in with your beef roast? This list should give you some ‘food for thought.’ No pun intended of course!
Loaded German Potato Bake
Loaded German Potato Bake is a cross between German potato salad and baked potato casserole and is altogether a SERIOUSLY tasty side dish loaded with bacon, pimento, and green onions!
Crock Pot Bourbon Pecan Sweet Potatoes
A buttery topping of Bourbon glazed pecans with a hint of cayenne adorns the peaks and valleys of in this slow cooker sweet potato casserole.
Southern Potato Salad
Potato salad is serious business in the South and this straightforward potato salad recipe is a crowd pleasing classic that pairs nicely with all beef mains and just about any grill item it goes up against!
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Casserole
A savory make-ahead cheesy mashed potato casserole that’s easy to double or triple, making your weeknight cooking to-do’s a whole lot easier!
Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad
The secret is in the hot dressing. It garners flavors you want in a potato salad to be able serve it as an accompaniment to everything from burgers on the grill, to baked chicken, to Sunday pot roast dinner!
Crispy Oven Fries with Flakey Sea Salt
Perfect oven baked French fries aren’t just a food thing, they’re a smart thing and an easy ‘bridge’ linking the coveted potato to both healthy AND crispy!
Southern Mashed Potatoes with A Parmesan Cheese Crust
Heavy cream is whipped then folded into potatoes made perfect upon passing through a ricer, then baked with Parmesan cheese until golden.
What to Serve With Pot Roast Besides Potatoes
Starchy and Pasta Sides
I’ve also included some other classic starchy sides that pair well with a roast! Choose a hot and cheesy baked noodle casserole or a favorite stuffing-esque squash casserole to accompany your pot roast dinner. There is no way to choose wrong with any of the recipes on this list!
French Onion Noodle Casserole
Looking for a quick & easy dinner recipe after a busy day? Look no further than this Crazy Good French Onion Noodle Casserole recipe made simple with that bag of egg noodles already in your pantry.
Sour Cream Noodle Bake
A carb lover’s dream come true, a hearty beef-rich noodle bake with tangy sour cream and lots of black pepper.
Creamy Squash Casserole
Easy Squash Casserole is the kind of recipe that demands doubling or even tripling…even if you are not a fan of squash or zucchini, trust me when I tell you that YOU DO WANT THIS!
No Yolk Savory Noodle Kugel
This savory kugel is made with brown butter, caraway seed, honey, sour cream, and ‘no yolk’ egg noodles for some SERIOUS pantry comfort 101.
Wild Rice & Butternut Casserole
A nutty, earthy rice and roasted butternut casserole sweetened only with cranberries and finished with notes of smoke. This rice casserole is as great a side dish as any when paired with comfort food like roast beef, pork tenderloin, or all by itself.
Pickle Relish Macaroni Salad
This is a simple pickle macaroni salad recipe meant to not only be outstandingly delicious, but also keep kids (and picky adults!) from shying away from an all too fabulous side dish! Sweet relish and a vinegar-mayonnaise dressing keeps it simple.
Creamy Mac and Cheese
A fabulous CREAMY mac prepared atop the stove, then baked for a cheesy dish of comfort whenever you need that creamy mac and cheese fix! The secret ingredient here is rosemary and I get mass amounts of compliments on this recipe. I include directions for individual Homemade Creamy Mac and Cheese Muffins, too! Perfect as grab and go snacks or on the buffet table!
Salads That Go With Pot Roast
The perfect side dish needn’t be a rib-sticking starch if you don’t want it to be. Some of the best sides include compound salads as well as healthier options. I’ve compiled them here and have you covered!
Creamy Southern Coleslaw
Horseradish is the secret ingredient to make this Creamy Southern Coleslaw recipe stand out. Though barely discernable, it brightens the salad on a whole other level.
Fig And Mozzarella Salad
Conspicuously fabulous ingredients intensify sweet figs at their pinnacle in this filling salad, no oven required.
Corn & Tomato Salad
With just four ingredients and a lively vinaigrette, this grilled corn salad recipe with fresh tomatoes will compliment every meal! Too cold outside to grill? Char your corn in a cast iron pan to achieve those smokey notes!
Behold this kitchen masterpiece that is the Southern Seven-Layer Salad. A true classic, every Southern hostess has her own winning ingredient combination!
Crispy Delicata Squash Salad
Warm and mildly sweet Delicata squash is tossed in an herby olive oil before being coated with fresh Parmesan cheese. The little moons are baked in the oven until crispy, then paired with Roquefort and drizzled with a honey vinaigrette atop fresh greens of your choice.
‘Mothership’ Tomato Salad
I’ve made many versions of tomato salad over the years, but I stopped experimenting when I found this one by Jamie Oliver. Serve with the vinaigrette only or add fresh mozzarella or burrata to the platter. Wowzah!
Summer Squash Antipasto Salad
EASY INGREDIENTS! Basil, oregano, garlic, salami, red onion, feta, ricotta salata, and fresh from the garden summer squashes. There is absolutely no cooking involved, and this delicious side dish comes together in as few as 20 minutes.
Vegetables to Serve
You will want to bookmark this page! These pot roast vegetable sides are killer not only for a roast beef dinner, but for virtually EVERY DINNER! I love to begin with fresh, but frozen is a great option if you’re short on steam!
Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
This Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli Casserole recipe uses crisp, fresh broccoli florets and tangy sharp cheddar cheese. It is a dish that compliments everything from baked chicken breasts to pot roast to hamburger steaks.
Brown Butter French Green Beans
French style green beans together with lightly toasted sweet pecans are gently tossed in nutty and sweet brown butter.
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts and Onions
Maple flavored bacon and sweet roasted Cipollini onions take crispy pan-fried Brussels sprouts to a whole new level of greatness!
Southern Corn Pudding
This Southern Corn Pudding recipe is pure comfort food, perfect to accompany your favorite steak and potatoes or good chicken recipes.
Butternut and Rosemary Parmesan Gratin
As butternut squash roasts, naturally occurring sugars caramelize with heat resulting in a gorgeous golden ochre color, its flavor earthy and sweet. This very basic recipe and method is beautiful for what it is – void of everything but goodness!
Sweet And Tangy Carrots
A sweet tangy glazed carrots side that may be prepared ahead whether for a weeknight dinner, or your holiday table!
Skillet Creamed Corn
This deliciously unexpected Suppertime Skillet Creamy Corn makes the perfect accompaniment for everything beef!
Bread, Muffin, and Biscuit Sides
Eh hem, and what about all of that mouthwatering gravy that’s absolutely meant to be mopped up? Yeah, it wouldn’t look good you licking the plate. Check out my recipe solutions for breads, muffins, rolls and biscuits! The bases are covered!
Dutch Oven Beer Bread
An overnight Dutch oven beer bread with yeast is a simple no knead bread recipe that’s baked in the morning and enjoyed throughout the day.
Savory Apple Cranberry & Cheddar Muffins
They’re not quite savory, not quite sweet, yet altogether delicious and with little gooey flecks of cheese dotted throughout the crumb.
Best Cheesy Garlic Biscuits
These savory homemade cheesy drop biscuits are fitting for every meal of the day, baking up hot in a matter of minutes, and reminiscent of the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits we all know and LOVE!
French Bread Rolls
This crusty French bread rolls recipe uses a no-fail yeast roll method. Known as Devilish Butlers, these rolls are perfect for beginners and experts alike!
3 Ingredient Biscuits
A no-fail Southern buttermilk biscuit recipe that will have them thinking you are a pro, even if this is your first time ever making biscuits.
I love bread heels. And the heels of this homemade buttermilk bread layered with a soft knob of sweet cream butter – well, it’s about the best. Pairs with any meal and is especially delish with leftover roast beef as sandwiches.
Mississippi Pot Roast Sides – Southern Style
Yeah, I’m all over this one. And I’ve got PLENTY in this category to share!
Cranberry Apple Chutney
A fabulous accompaniment to proteins of all types, Autumn Cranberry Apple Chutney boasts fresh fruits, ginger, cinnamon, and star anise.
Savory Sausage Bread Pudding
A Savory Bread Pudding with sausage and roasted butternut is that baked comfort side dish that compliments every meal, at any time of day!
Southern Buttermilk Cornbread
If you are looking for one more meaningful but EASY recipe to prepare for your table, consider my Sweet Buttermilk Cornbread recipe. Offer softened butter and honey tableside.
Southern Fried Zucchini Fritters
These fritters fry up very light and are dusted with the tiniest pinch of Malden Sea salt. These are hearty little bites that make a lovely side when piled in a basket and passed at the table.
Deviled Eggs Five Unique Ways
Hands down, the Deviled Egg is a guaranteed crowd favorite. This post introduces five variations of the Deviled Egg, all equally delicious but each unique.
Desserts to Enjoy After Your Pot Roast Meal
Glazed Butternut Squash Cake
Pools of sugared glaze bathe the peaks and valleys atop this apple and butternut squash cake recipe, your visual cue that autumn has arrived.
Country Apple Pie
My Country Apple Pie recipe is super basic with sweet and tart apples, sugar, and cinnamon, and a tender scratch crust that’s beginner easy!
Bourbon Pecan Cheesecake
Many Southern desserts incorporate liquors, bourbon being a favorite, as many sweets are absolutely elevated with the addition of bourbon. Here, I’m offering you your apple pie, your cheesecake, and your caramel pecans all in one bake.
Peach & Blueberry Cobbler with Ginger Biscuits
The best summer fruit recipes use what’s already in the pantry, like this Cast Iron Peach and Blueberry Cobbler with Ginger Biscuits.
15 Minute Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Pie
My no bake 15 Minute Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Pie is a ridiculously easy dessert that requires only a handful of ingredients!
I trust the selection in this post has given you some amazing options on what to serve with pot roast! Don’t forget to check out my Dixie Pot Roast recipe and let me know what you think!