If you’re wondering what to serve with your pot roast, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for pot roast.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with pot roast are cheesy garlic polenta, potato dumplings, rosemary gruyere popovers, and roasted cabbage wedges. You can also serve sour cream mash, Italian peas and mushrooms, and lemon garlic broccoli. For a unique and tasty side, try smashed brussels sprouts.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Rosemary gruyere popovers
Popovers are a must-have for any kind of roast – especially a pot roast.
Their light, airy texture means they don’t make the meal too heavy. And they’re perfect for mopping up the gravy.
Adding rosemary and gruyere elevates these popovers to dinner-party-worthy status.
Psst… no popover pan? No problem, just use a muffin tin.
Why we love this recipe: they’re really addicting.
Smashed brussels sprouts
You may have tried smashed potatoes before, but I bet you’ve never had smashed brussels sprouts?
Like their potato counterparts, these smashed sprouts have tender, creamy insides encased by an extra crispy exterior.
And you can season them however you like.
Try your favorite herb mix or try something a little different with chili and parmesan.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a fun and creative way to enjoy brussels sprouts.
Cheesy garlic polenta
Prop your pot roast’s tender beef and veggies over a bed of polenta for the ultimate comfort meal.
The rich, luscious polenta will soak up your pot roast’s juices, ensuring you get flavor in every bite.
And adding cheese makes the whole thing even tastier.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a heartwarming one-pot dish.
Eggplant and zucchini gratin
This is a slightly healthier version of a typical gratin, but it’s still totally delicious.
Eggplants, zucchinis, and tomatoes are arranged in a baking dish and topped with a breadcrumb and parmesan mixture.
Then the whole thing is roasted which brings out the natural sweetness of the vegetables.
Why we love this recipe: it’s an elegant dish that’s guaranteed to impress anyone.
Pappardelle with brown butter sauce
This dish features pappardelle noodles drenched in a nutty, earthy brown butter sage sauce.
Pappardelle is my favorite pasta to pair with a dish as rich and flavorful as pot roast because there’s way more pasta for the sauce to stick to!
If you went for spaghetti, most of the sauce would be left behind on the plate.
Why we love this recipe: it transforms humble ingredients into something indulgent.
Lemon garlic broccoli
If you’re in a rush, blanched broccoli is an excellent option for a side dish.
It’s ready in 15 minutes, and the florets will have a crisp-tender texture – no soggy veggies here!
Toss them in a garlic, lemon, and butter mixture to add some simple, clean flavors.
Psst… you can even microwave them if you want.
Why we love this recipe: it’s super healthy.
Elevate your humble basmati rice by infusing it with saffron.
This luxurious spice, combined with turmeric, gives your white rice a gorgeous yellow hue.
It also infuses your rice with a slightly sweet, floral note.
Pro-tip: use high-quality saffron.
Why we love this recipe: it’s the perfect rice dish for special occasions.
Pumpkin dinner rolls
Freshly baked, warm bread is one of life’s pleasures.
These dinner rolls are soft, fluffy, and brimming with the aroma and flavor of pumpkin.
They’re great for dipping into your pot roast. Or you can use them the next day to make a leftover beef sandwich with a thin spread of mustard.
Why we love this recipe: even beginner bakers can follow the step-by-step guide.
Roasted kale caesar salad
Beat the winter blues with a meal of pot roast and this warm roasted kale salad.
The kale leaves and chickpeas are roasted until tender, then dressed with a luscious, flavor-packed Greek yogurt dressing.
The bitterness of the kale helps balance out the more savory flavors of your pot roast.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a unique spin on the classic Caesar salad.
Hailing from Germany and also known as kartoffelkloesse, these dumplings are the perfect hearty side to your pot roast.
They have a neutral flavor, so are pretty much there to act as a sponge for the sauce and make sure no one leaves the table hungry.
You can make these dumplings plain or Bavarian-style by filling each dumpling with buttered croutons.
Why we love this recipe: it’s incredibly detailed and has visuals to help you make the best potato dumplings.
Roasted cabbage with horseradish cream sauce
This recipe transforms a head of plain old cabbage into a fancy, restaurant-worthy side.
It features roasted cabbage wedges, bacon bits, and fried onions topped with a homemade horseradish cream sauce.
This dish’s tangy elements will cut right through the richness of your pot roast.
We love this recipe: it looks as good as it tastes.
Corn pudding casserole
This dish is like half dessert, half side dish – it’s the marriage of a savoy custard and creamed corn.
It’s rich, creamy, and studded with whole corn kernels.
Spoon a serving of your pot roast alongside it for a sweet-savory combination.
Why we love this recipe: it’s perfect for a big family dinner.
Italian peas and mushrooms
Peas and mushrooms are a superb accompaniment to pot roast – their sweet and earthy flavors pair well with the meaty beef.
Plus they’re quick and easy to cook.
No access to fresh peas? Just use frozen peas!
Psst… add some bacon if you want to take things up a notch.
Why we love this recipe: it’s excellent even for those hectic weeknight dinners.
Sour cream and chive mashed potatoes
These mashed potatoes are the perfect side for a saucy pot roast (as long as there are no potatoes in the actual pot roast!).
The rich and creamy mash will match the melt-in-your-mouth texture of the meat, and adding sour cream and zesty chives keeps everything from getting too heavy.
Why we love this recipe: it’s easy enough for a regular weeknight dinner but also special enough for a fancy meal.
Looking for a healthy side you can whip up in a flash?
These braised greens should do the trick – it’ll only take you 15 minutes to make a family-sized serving.
You can use any leafy greens you want, but swiss chard is my favorite! I like the contrast between the slightly sweet stalks and the more bitter leaves.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a quick way to boost your meal’s nutrition levels.
What To Serve With Pot Roast
- 1 portion pot roast
- Prepare your pot roast according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: rosemary gruyere popovers, smashed brussels sprouts, cheesy garlic polenta, eggplant and zucchini gratin, pappardelle with brown butter sauce, lemon garlic broccoli, saffron rice, pumpkin dinner rolls, roasted kale caesar salad, potato dumplings, roasted cabbage with horseradish cream sauce, corn pudding casserole, Italian peas and mushrooms, and sour cream and chive mashed potatoes.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!