Beef tenderloin is the most tender cut of beef you can get. When cooked well, tenderloin is succulent, buttery and melt-in-your-mouth tender. This cut is also highly versatile and can be grilled, roasted or pan-fried to perfection. Here are 5 decadent sides that pair deliciously with beef tenderloin – these are ideal for impressing guests at a dinner party.
When it comes to sides for roast beef, Yorkshire pudding is an absolute classic (and a staple at every Sunday roast in Britain). The first ever recorded Yorkshire pudding recipe appeared in a book in 1737, and was listed as a “dripping pudding” (the dripping coming from the fat of spit-roasted meat). So, why not serve up some history on your plate! Yorkshire pudding tastes fantastic alongside traditional roast beef, roast vegetables and gravy.
To maximise crunchiness, this gratin is made in a baking tray, so every morsel of broccoli gets a delicious coating of crunch (when broccoli gratin is made in a deep casserole-style baking dish, the limited surface area leads to a lack of crispy cheese topping!). This recipe is also super quick – you’ll have crunchy, caramelised goodness in just 20 minutes.
Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole
With mixed wild mushrooms, creamy sauce and spice-spiked fried onions, this dish has rich, savoury flavour that is sure to have guests coming back for seconds (and thirds… and fourths).
Roasted Butternut Squash with Herb Oil and Goat’s Cheese
This side dish offers a fresh and fancy take on traditional mashed potatoes, swapping the white potatoes for butternut squash and adding a generous serving of goat’s cheese and flavoursome herb oil. This dish is perfect for laid-back eating – we recommend that you serve it on a large platter to encourage heaped spoonfuls and second helpings.
Roasted Capsicum and Cherry Tomatoes with Ricotta
These roasted red peppers and cherry tomatoes with ricotta are ideal for serving in summer – they hit every note on the sweet (capsicum), sour (tomato), salty (ricotta and anchovies) and bitter (olives) scale. This dish is flavour-packed and healthy.
Slow-Cooked Garlic Greens
These healthy slow-cooked garlicky greens have great texture and even better flavour. When working with a large amount of greens, it is much easier to sauté them if they’re blanched first. The addition of olive oil provides flavour and allows the greens to achieve ideal texture.