What to serve with beef stew

What to serve with beef stew? Should it all be mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, or brown rice?

Are you having a gathering soon and planning to make Beef Stew?

During cold winter months, it’s a favorite go-to dish and serves as comfort food for the whole family. The tender beef, rich sauce, delightful herbs, and variety of vegetables make it the perfect dish to serve for a dinner party.

Its flavorsome sauce is the best part and for it not to go to waste, you got to have something to soak up every drop of it. Something that isn’t brown rice or mashed potatoes.

And what is the best sponge-like side dish to serve with beef stew?

None other than, BREAD!

Crusty bread, partnered with any stew or soup, can make you feel like you’ve eaten a two-course meal.

And to help you choose which bread to serve as a side dish for your dinner party, we’ve compiled a list of the Best Bread to Serve with Beef Stew and the links to their recipes. You can naturally also have a green salad, tomato salad, or green beans on the side to make it more healthy when you serve beef stew.

So what to serve with beef stew? Check it out now!

Crusty French Baguette

This iconic French bread is amazing once served with beef stew. Freshly baked baguettes have this crunchy goodness outside and soft chewiness on the inside which makes it great to dip in a stew.


  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1 ½ tsp of dry yeast
  • 4 ½ cup of plain white flour (or a bit more if needed)
  • 2 tsp of sea salt
  • Olive Oil (To brush the bowl for proofing)
  • Flour for forming

See the procedure through the link below.


We would recommend grilled vegetables with a bit of olive oil. Grilled vegetables give extra dimensions to the sides.

If you still don’t know what to serve with beef stew then keep reading! 

Buttery Dinner Rolls

Another bread that will absorb the rich herb taste of the stew and add a little bit of sweetness to it is Dinner Rolls.

You can bet your buns that this soft, buttery, and delicious roll will have everyone enjoying their dinner.


  • ¾ cup of milk
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • ¼ cup of white sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 4 ½ tsp of active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp of white sugar
  • ½ cup of warm water
  • 3 ½ cups of bread flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp of all-purpose flour or more as needed, for dusting

See the procedure through the link below.


 And you could on the side serve with sweet potatoes fried with fresh herbs and vinegar or roasted beet salad with goat cheese.

Cheddar Herb Biscuits

 Skillet beef stew is better when topped with cheddar herb biscuits. Because what’s better than cheese? Lots and lots of it! So you probably getting closer to what to serve with beef stew now!


  • 2 cups of self-rising flour
  • 1 tsp of Kosher salt
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 ½ cup of shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of whole buttermilk

See the recipe through the link below.


 Did you know you could also serve rice pilaf to the stew with fresh veggies and fresh garlic?

Buttery Garlic Bread 

This crunchy and delicious bread is great for mopping up the last bit of sauce in your bowl.

 So if you crave for garlic like me then you might now know what to serve with beef stew!


  • 1 cup of butter
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • ½ tsp of black pepper
  • ¼ tsp of dried oregano
  • 2 loaves of sweet French bread
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 tbsp of fresh parsley, finely chopped


  1. First you melt butter in a small saucepan.
  2. Add olive oil and garlic.
  3. Warm the melted butter for one minute on medium heat.
  4. Then you add black pepper and oregano.
  5. Cut loaves in half lengthwise and then you brush it with garlic butter mixture.
  • Take the parsley and sprinkle it over the dish. Toast it until it is golden brown – almost like if you were to make polenta cakes.

 Did you know a lot of people serve green beans and green salad to their stew?

Corn Bread

Another southern staple, this can also be enjoyed any time of day. And if you like a mix of sweet and savory in your meals, then you’ll surely love this sweet cornbread with your savory stew. It’s good for dipping in gravy.

Also, no need to worry about making this bread because this one is hard to mess up. So if you are not used to be in the kitchen or you just love Corn, then you now know what to serve with beef stew.


  • 1 cup of yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup of unsalted butter, melted

See the instructions through the link below.


 Did you know that a lot of Europeans serve sour cream mashed potatoes with their beef stew?

Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Said to be every southerner’s staple food, these fluffy biscuits can be enjoyed with any meal – whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  It can be perfectly served with beef stew as a yummy side dish. It is almost like cheddar cheese biscuits.

It can be easily made with basic pantry items.


  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 5 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • ½ cup of chilled butter or vegetable shortening
  • 1 – 1 ¼ cup of cold buttermilk
  • Melted butter or heavy cream to brush the tops

 So do you know by now what to serve with beef stew?

Did you know garlic parmesan roasted potatoes go great with Beef Stew and fried green beans or oven roasted radishes?

Easy Homemade Crusty Bread

This easy-to-make homemade bread goes great with any soup, stews, pasta, casserole dish, and more.


  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 packet or 2 ¼ tsp of active dry yeast
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of salt

Procedure / recipe

  1. Add warm water into a large bowl. Sprinkle the yeast and let it sit for 10 minutes or until it begins to foam.
  2.  Mix the flour and salt. If you want to make it even more tasty you can add sour cream to give it the last finish.
  3. Knead the dough until it gets stretched and slightly sticky.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then sprinkle a generous amount of flour.
  5. Form the dough into a dome shape and place it on the parchment paper.
  6. Sprinkle some flour on top of the dough.
  7. Loosely cover it with plastic wrap and set it in a very warm place for 1 to 1 and half hours or until it triples in size.
  8. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  9. When the oven is preheated, place a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet at the bottom rack of your oven and pour in 1 cup of hot water.
  10. Remove the plastic wrap from the dough (re-shapeit if needed).
  11. Using a sharp knife, cut a couple of deep slashes on top of the dough.
  12. Place the baking sheet with the dough on the top rack and bake for 30 minutes or until well-brownedAllow it to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Directions are as stated on the link below. It will go just as great as rice pilaf to your hearty stew.


Now it may seem time-consuming and difficult to cook beef stew AND make bread as a side dish, but don’t sweat! Your hearty beef stew deserves it as well as you do.

The easy way with bread sides for beef stew

If it’s all too overwhelming, then just drop by at the nearest bakery or grocery store and pick out your family’s favorite. No one will probably notice or judge you for that.

Just make sure to warm it up in the oven first before serving.

Enjoy the beef stew even without mashed potatoes or rice pilaf

For sure everyone will be indulging in the delicious food at the dinner party with a traditional beef stew, alongside bread with parmesan cheese or other cheese, buttered egg noodles, and patting their bellies with a smile afterward.

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