A list of great ideas for what to serve with meatballs if you're looking to switch it up for dinner, get-togethers, or potlucks - you name it!
No matter the type of meatballs you make, we have the perfect sides to complete your dish that are sure to be a hit!
1. Mashed Potatoes
There’s a reason you see meat and potatoes in some variation on almost any menu you pick up. It just works. Mashed potatoes bring textural variation and
familiarity when alongside meatballs.
2. Buttered Noodles
Ikea anyone? Swedish meatballs are known to be paired with buttered noodles, specifically egg noodles tossed with lots and lots of parsley.
3. Green Beans
I love green beans because as we spoke of earlier, many different
cuisines have their own version of the meatball, and this vegetable can pair with just about any of them.
Many times in Middle-Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine you will see skewered meatballs served alongside seasoned rice. Bonus points if you then pour a sauce or vinaigrette over the skewer because it will double as a seasoning for the rice!
5. Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Gone are the days of boring steamed Brussel sprouts. Instead, may I suggest roasting them in the oven until fork-tender then pairing them with a meatball.
6. Caesar Salad
I mean come on, who doesn’t love a Caesar salad? Caesar, while it is rich, has enough acid and brightness to lighten up a few meatballs and create a more balanced feel to a meal.
7. Boiled Potatoes
Not only are they a good vessel for ooey-gooey raclette, but also a fantastic sidekick when serving meatballs. Simply boil potatoes in water until you can easily pierce through the skin, then cut in half to serve.
8. Spaghetti Bolognese
Bolognese translates to “meat sauce”, making this pairing a no-brainer. While traditional players in Bolognese consist of tomato sauce, peppers, garlic, onion, basil, carrots, and ground meat, imagine adding meatballs!
9. Garlic Bread
I think we can all agree that meatball subs with garlic-filled tomato sauce are delicious, so why not try pairing a side of garlic bread with an Italian meatball?
10. Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions
While both mushroom and onions make great additions to the meatball itself, they also are an effortless and flavorful accompaniment.
11. Corn on the Cob
It could be the dead of winter but meatballs and corn on the cob could have me believing otherwise. You can grill the whole kernel, or boil it in milk and butter if you prefer to prepare the corn within the comfort of your kitchen.
12. Steamed Cauliflower
Cauliflower is a great accent dish because of its versatility. When you steam cauliflower as opposed to roasting it, you avoid any caramelization or browning,
thus creating a very neutral palate.
13. Yellow Squash and Zucchini Casserole
I love the idea of incorporating some color into a plate of meatballs. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but squash and zucchini need not only be consumed during the Summer.
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