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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!!!

A plate of food, with Pot roast and Beef
Dixie Pot Roast recipe by Not Entirely Average

All images and text ©Jenny DeRemer for Not Entirely Average, LLC

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.

A plate of food on a table, with Pot roast and Beef

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!

a casserole dish, with loaded potato casserole

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.

a brown casserole dish with sweet potatoes

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!

crock of potato salad

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!

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Casserole in a brown baking dish

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!

a bowl of potato salad

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!

close up photo of Crispy Oven Fries, with Ketchup

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.

a red Dutch oven, with parmesan crusted southern mashed potatoes

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.

a white bowl with noodles and meatballs

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.

a white casserole, with sour cream noodles

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!

overhead view of easy squash casserole

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.

a close up of a no yolks noodle baked into a savory noodle kugel

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.

wild rice & butternut casserole with cranberries and pecans

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.

A Tasty And Kid Friendly Sweet Pickle Relish Macaroni Salad

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!

Homemade Creamy Mac And Cheese

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.

coleslaw in a covered dish with carrots and a spoon

Fig And Mozzarella Salad

Conspicuously fabulous ingredients intensify sweet figs at their pinnacle in this filling salad, no oven required.

Marinated Fig And Mozzarella Salad

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!

A plate of food, with Salad and Tomato

Seven-Layer Salad

Behold this kitchen masterpiece that is the Southern Seven-Layer Salad. A true classic, every Southern hostess has her own winning ingredient combination!

A close up of a plate of chicken and noodles and vegetables in Seven-layer salad

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.

a salad, with crispy squash

‘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!

A plate of food on a table, with Salad and Tomato

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.

a white platter, with Keto Squash Recipes and yellow squash and zucchini with salami

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.

Cheesy Broccoli Cheddar Caserole

Brown Butter French Green Beans

French style green beans together with lightly toasted sweet pecans are gently tossed in nutty and sweet brown butter.

Brown Butter French Green Beans With Toasted Pecans

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!

Brussels sprouts, with bacon and onions

Southern Corn Pudding

This Southern Corn Pudding recipe is pure comfort food, perfect to accompany your favorite steak and potatoes or good chicken recipes.

close up of creamy corn pudding

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!

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Sweet And Tangy Carrots

A sweet tangy glazed carrots side that may be prepared ahead whether for a weeknight dinner, or your holiday table!

Sweet And Tangy Carrots

Skillet Creamed Corn

This deliciously unexpected Suppertime Skillet Creamy Corn makes the perfect accompaniment for everything beef!

white bowl with creamed corn

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.

a boule of bread, with parchment

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.

close up of muffins

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!

bowl of biscuits, with cheese and garlic

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!

a wooden cutting board with a pile of crusty French bread rolls

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.

a stack of buttermilk biscuits, with jam

Buttermilk Bread

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.

A loaf of bread on a table, with jelly

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.

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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!

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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.

A cut cornbread sitting on top of a table

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.

A plate of food with zucchini, with Fritter

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.

A wooden board, with deviled eggs

Desserts to Enjoy After Your Pot Roast Meal

Well, why not?

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.

a white plate with a slice of cake

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!

an apple pie, with a plaid linen towel

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.

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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.

Peach And Blueberry Cobbler With Ginger Biscuits in a bowl

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!

slice of pie on a white plate, with peanut butter and chocolate

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!

A plate of food, with Pot roast and Beef

What to Serve with Pot Roast: 44 Tasty Side Dish Ideas

Jenny from Not Entirely Average
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.
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Servings: 1 serving
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 1 serving
Calories

Ingredients
 

  • Loaded German Potato Bake
  • Crock Pot Bourbon Pecan Sweet Potatoes
  • Southern Potato Salad
  • Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Casserole
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad
  • Crispy Oven Fries with Flakey Sea Salt
  • Southern Mashed Potatoes with A Parmesan Cheese Crust
  • French Onion Noodle Casserole
  • Sour Cream Noodle Bake
  • Creamy Squash Casserole
  • No Yolk Savory Noodle Kugel
  • Wild Rice & Butternut Casserole
  • Pickle Relish Macaroni Salad
  • Creamy Mac and Cheese
  • Creamy Southern Coleslaw
  • Fig And Mozzarella Salad
  • Corn & Tomato Salad
  • Seven-Layer Salad
  • Crispy Delicata Squash Salad
  • 'Mothership' Tomato Salad
  • Summer Squash Antipasto Salad
  • Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
  • Brown Butter French Green Beans
  • Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts and Onions
  • Southern Corn Pudding
  • Butternut and Rosemary Parmesan Gratin
  • Sweet And Tangy Carrots
  • Skillet Creamed Corn
  • Dutch Oven Beer Bread
  • Savory Apple Cranberry & Cheddar Muffins
  • Best Cheesy Garlic Biscuits
  • French Bread Rolls
  • 3 Ingredient Biscuits
  • Buttermilk Bread
  • Cranberry Apple Chutney
  • Savory Sausage Bread Pudding
  • Southern Buttermilk Cornbread
  • Southern Fried Zucchini Fritters
  • Deviled Eggs Five Unique Ways
  • Glazed Butternut Squash Cake
  • Country Apple Pie
  • Bourbon Pecan Cheesecake
  • Peach & Blueberry Cobbler with Ginger Biscuits
  • 15 Minute Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Pie

Instructions
 

  • Choose your favorite recipe from the list of options.
  • Organize all required ingredients and prepare a delicious Pot Roast dinner!
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