Beef Stroganoff is a dish that originated in Russia, made from sautéed chunks of beef that are covered in a sauce made from Smetana sour cream.
It is a very wholesome and filling meal that can be easily enjoyed alone, but also goes very well with a variety of side dishes.
What you choose to eat with your stroganoff will depend on whether you want something to add to the flavor, alter the consistency, or both.
This list will show you 14 amazing side dishes that can be enjoyed alongside beef stroganoff for a delicious dinner.
One of the simplest foods you can enjoy with any stroganoff is a bowl of freshly cooked rice. Rice is great for soaking up the flavors of the sauce and making the meal less sloppy.
Since it is quite plain, you can add a variety of condiments to it during the cooking process. Garlic rice with a hint of vegetable stock is a great side dish for bringing a new dimension to your stroganoff.
Freshly baked bread makes the perfect thing to soak up the sauce left over from your beef stroganoff. You can make your own, or buy some from a local bakery to heat up before your meal.
Store bought bread will work to spoon up some of the beef and sauce, but you really can’t beat baking your own loaf to enjoy with your meal.
If you are planning to use this side, then you will need to set your dough to rise in advance, so your bread will be ready in time for your meal.
If you are looking for a more healthy side dish, then roasted Brussels sprouts are a very tasty choice. These miniature cabbages are crunchy and bursting with flavor, making them a great side dish for enjoying alongside a stroganoff.
They are also incredibly easy to make, especially when roasting, as all you need to do is cover them in olive oil and put them in the oven to cook.
Plain substrates go make a good choice for eating with stroganoff, since it is very rich in flavor.
Mashed potatoes are a great choice to go with the sour cream sauce, and they are incredibly easy to make.
Much like rice, you can add a variety of different things to your mashed potatoes, such as garlic or herbs and spices, to further enhance the taste of your meal.
Egg noodles go great with the taste of beef stroganoff and can add some much needed to bite to the dish when cooked properly.
Ideally, you want your noodles to be slightly al dente to help improve the overall texture of your meal.
You can easily make your own egg noodles using the recipe above, or buy some from the shops if you want a quick and easy side to eat with your stroganoff.
One of the great things about a classic baked potato is that it can go with nearly anything, and that includes stroganoff.
The potato offers a neutral flavor that perfectly balances the richness of the beef and sour cream sauce.
If you prefer, you can easily eat your meal with a baked sweet potato instead to add a bit of sweetness and a slightly firmer texture.
If what you are looking for is a bit of bite to go with your stroganoff, then a crunchy dill pickle is the perfect choice.
Pickles not only offer a nice texture, but the acidic edge provided by the vinegar is perfect for cutting through the Smetana sauce.
You can easily buy a jar of pickles from the supermarket, but if you have some miniature pickling cucumbers, then it is equally simple to make your own.
Stroganoff is a Russian recipe and if you want a traditional side dish to go with it then look no further than braised red cabbage.
Slightly sweet, and a little bitter, this dish strikes just the right balance to make an ideal companion for a stroganoff. Red cabbage is also very crunchy, which will help to enhance the texture of your meal.
You can add diced onions, garlic and even apples to your braised cabbage to make it sweeter and even more traditional.
Vegetables add a great crunchy texture that goes great in a meal with a creamy sauce. They are also very rich in vitamins and minerals.
Garlic also makes a suitable addition to any stroganoff side dish, as its strong flavor will go well with the stewed meat and rich sauce.
This roasted broccoli and garlic salad tastes amazing enough on its own, and is even better when enjoyed alongside a sumptuous stroganoff.
Another great vegetable to have along with stroganoff is asparagus. Whether roasted, boiled or steamed, asparagus is very nutritious and has a strong flavor that goes well with rich, creamy meals.
Whatever you do, make sure not overcook your asparagus tips, as they are best enjoyed al dente and crunchy.
This is why steaming is the best method for cooking this vegetable without it becoming too soft or mushy.
Much like asparagus, steamed green beans are a nutritious and delicious side dish that go well with a variety of meals.
The best way to enjoy them alongside a stroganoff is with a dash of lemon juice added after they have finished steaming.
This offers an acidic citrus edge that cuts through the sour cream sauce and brings a whole new dimension to your meal.
We mentioned rice earlier on as a good neutral substrate for soaking up the sauce of your stroganoff.
You can use many other grains as well, such as bulgar wheat, quinoa or couscous. This recipe is for a fresh couscous salad mixed with diced vegetables and delicious herbs.
With a dash of lemon added, this salad makes a great addition to any stroganoff.
When it comes to any meat based dish, you can’t go wrong with a side of delicious roast potatoes.
Not only do they offer some much-needed crunch, but they will also taste delicious when covered in the rich Smetana sauce of a stroganoff.
To get the perfect roast potatoes, it is advisable to steam or boil them slightly before tossing them in your seasoning of choice.
A sprinkle of cornflour is also a great way to make your potatoes extra crispy.
Cauliflower is a surprisingly versatile vegetable, and it doesn’t have to be drenched in a cheese sauce for it to be very tasty.
Instead, you can cut a whole cauliflower into large slices and marinade it in oil that has been infused with a selection of spices and herbs.
The result are crunchy, and sumptuous cauliflower stakes that go well with a variety of different meals. Some of the best seasoning for complementing a stroganoff include Parmesan cheese, garlic and lemons.
Beef Stroganoff is a nutritious meal that is incredibly rich, which is why it calls for a neutral substrate to soak up some of the sauce and flavors. It is also quite versatile, and there are a variety of side dishes you can make which will perfectly complement this meal.
So next time stroganoff is on the menu, consider trying some of these sides to make your meal healthier and even more delicious.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A Beef Stroganoff?
Beef stroganoff is a traditional Russian meal that consists of sautéed pieces of beef drenched in a rich, creamy sauce.
This sauce is often made from sour cream and thickened with beef stock, which makes it quite thick and very rich in flavor.
For a traditional sauce, you need to use a specific type of cream called Smetana. This is made by separating the fat from the milk and preserving it as cream.
Cow’s milk is the most traditional choice for this sauce, but in Romania buffalo milk is often used as an alternative.
Which Cut Of Beef Is Best For Stroganoff?
To make the perfect stroganoff, you will need to choose the right cut of beef. Ideally, you will want to select tender, juicy cuts that will have the proper texture after they have been sautéed.
Boneless rib-eye, boneless sirloin, sirloin tips and tenderloin all make great cuts for providing firm, but chewy pieces of beef that will go well with the creamy sauce.
What Other Ingredients Can Be Used To Make A Stroganoff?
Beef stroganoff is the most traditional version of this meal, but you can make a stroganoff out of a variety of different ingredients as well.
You can make a stroganoff out of nearly any type of meat, including pork and chicken. Mushrooms make a great choice if you want to try a vegan version of this meal, although you will need to find a vegan sour cream for the sauce.
If you want to make things even more interesting, you can add other veggies into the mix for a healthy, meat free vegetable stroganoff.