Although side dishes are just that - sides, they can actually make or break a meal. And if you're putting in the effort to slow-cook a roast on the weekend, you might as well push the boat out and go the whole hog! It's worth it and your guests will be talking about the meal for weeks to come! Here are some top side dishes that will take your roast to the next level!
1. Yorkshire pudding
Even though Yorkshire pudding is a traditional accompaniment to roast beef, it goes just as well with any meat roast. And although the name implies something sweet, Yorkshire pudding is a savoury batter, baked in individual moulds to create little wafts of carby goodness – perfect for soaking up sauce and gravy!
2. Cauliflower cheese
I have yet to meet someone that doesn’t like cauliflower cheese. It’s rich, cheesy, saucy and delicious and is a Sunday roast staple in my house.
3. Minty pea and feta fritters
Peas are no stranger to a piece of roast meat - but with this recipe, they’re given a twist. Peas and mint intermingle in a light batter which is then shallow-fried until crispy.
4. Pumpkin sweet potato and pear bake
The colours of this dish are simply beautiful. A great sweet addition to roast pork.
5. Creamy potato bake
Where does one even begin? Not only does a potato bake go well with a roast, it also makes a killer side dish to a summer braai. This recipe calls for a layer of caramelised onions and heaps of Parmesan. Scrumptious!
6. Perfect roast potatoes
The quintessential roast side dish. We have the recipe of all recipes and helpful tips that will ensure your roasties are absolutely perfect. Bookmark it now!
7. Baby potatoes: 3 ways
If you thought there was only one way to cook roast potatoes, you’re in for a treat. Enhance your baby potatoes with bacon, rosemary or rock salt and even have a go at presenting them in a different way – Hasselback style!
8. Creamy spinach with mushrooms
Get your greens in with this side dish of veggies. It’s simple, straightforward yet comforting in its creamy richness.
9. Roasted baby aubergine
This is an elegant side dish and lends a wonderful smoky, charred flavour from the way it’s cooked. Enjoy with chicken or this Mediterranean Lamb. Yum!
10. Brussels Sprouts with bacon
Brussels Sprouts have got a bad rap. But these are gorgeous - lightly sautéed with salty bacon and topped with crispy breadcrumbs.
Last but not least… what is a roast without gravy? Here is a smashing recipe for top-notch gravy that your family and friends will love!
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- Tessa Purdon
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