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What to Serve with Cottage Pie? 12 BEST Side Dishes

Who else remembers how cottage pie was a staple at family dinners? Super comforting, right? We’ve got a few awesome ideas on what to serve alongside that savory goodness.

Think of creamy mashed potatoes or crunchy garden-fresh veggies to start. These side dishes will make your cottage pie feast even better.

Ready to mix things up a bit? How about some buttery peas or a simple, zesty salad?

Stick around, and let’s make your next meal a hit.

Top 12 Side Dishes for Cottage Pie

Here are our top 12 picks for side dishes to serve with cottage pie:

1 – Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

We’re pretty sure this ain’t your granny’s mash. Roasted garlic mashed potatoes hit differently, bringing a rich, savory depth to the table.

Think buttery smoothness with a hint of roasted nuttiness. You get that smooth, creamy texture balanced with the slight bite of garlic. It’s like a warm hug for your taste buds, without the fussiness.

2 – Buttered Peas and Carrots

You can’t go wrong with buttered peas and carrots. They’re colorful, easy, and bring a fresh vibe to any meal. Fresh carrots have a sweet bite, while peas give that subtle pop. The butter ties it all together, adding a creamy touch.

We love how simple this side dish is. It’s quick, yet so satisfying.

3 – Garden Salad

Nothing says fresh like a garden salad. Crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, and a drizzle of tangy vinaigrette. The flavors blend into a delightful crunch, balanced and refreshing.

We love sneaking in some toasted nuts for that extra crunch. This side adds color and a light touch to balance the heartiness of cottage pie.

4 – Sautéed Green Beans with Almonds

Let’s talk green beans. We sautée them until they’re bright green and slightly crisp. Then we toss in sliced almonds for that extra crunch. Green beans soak up all that butter and garlic, making them rich and savory.

The almonds add a nutty twist. These babies are a party in your mouth.

5 – Creamy Coleslaw

You think coleslaw is boring? Think again. Our creamy coleslaw is tangy, with a nice crunch.

We toss cabbage and carrots in a rich mayo dressing. The crunch combined with creamy tang is totally satisfying.

The well-balanced flavors make it a great side. It’s the perfect complement to cottage pie, adding a fresh bite.

We always add a sprinkle of celery seeds for an extra kick.

6 – Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Who knew Brussels sprouts could be this tasty? We roast them until they’re caramelized and crispy. The bacon adds that smoky richness. It’s a flavor explosion.

The balance of savory bacon and sweet, tender sprouts is perfect. Trust us, it’s all about that crispy texture.

We often sprinkle a bit of balsamic glaze for an extra tangy touch. This dish is a game-changer for veggie lovers.

7 – Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Alright, let’s chat about Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes. These spuds are crisp and golden on the outside, soft on the inside. Each bite bursts with garlic and parmesan flavors.

We toss the potatoes in olive oil, garlic, and a generous handful of parmesan. Bake until they’re perfection. They’re a savory dream come true.

We love pairing these with cottage pie.

8 – Steamed Broccoli with Lemon Butter

We all know steamed broccoli can be plain, right? Not with lemon butter. Broccoli turned zesty!

We steam it to keep that vibrant green color. Then drizzle it with melted butter and fresh lemon juice.

The result? A fresh, tangy twist that’s light and delicious. It balances the rich cottage pie perfectly. We love the bright pop of flavor.

9 – Homemade Biscuits

Alright, who doesn’t love a fluffy biscuit? Ours are light and flakey with a golden crust. We use butter, flour, baking powder, and a touch of love.

The buttery layers melt in your mouth. These go great with cottage pie, soaking up all the tasty gravy.

We sometimes add cheese or herbs for a twist. It’s simple comfort food that never disappoints.

10 – Roasted Root Vegetables

Let’s chat roasted root veggies. We roast carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes until caramelized and tender.

The flavors? Sweet and earthy, with a hint of char. It’s like a cozy hug on a plate.

They bring out the best in cottage pie with their deep, rich tones.

In our experience, adding a sprinkle of fresh herbs amps up the freshness.

Roasted goodness, pure and simple.

11 – Creamy Cucumber Salad

Alright, grab those cucumbers! This creamy cucumber salad is a hidden gem. We slice fresh cucumbers thinly and toss them in a tangy sour cream dressing.

The crunch is balanced by the creamy, slightly tart dressing. Fresh dill adds a herby burst, while a touch of vinegar keeps it lively.

We love this side for its cooling effect with cottage pie. It’s fresh, crisp, and satisfying.

12 – Garlic Bread

Alright, so let’s talk Garlic Bread. We’re obsessed with its crispy texture and garlicky aroma. Perfectly golden on the outside and soft on the inside, it’s an epic side for cottage pie.

We use fresh garlic, butter, and a splash of olive oil. Sometimes, we sprinkle parsley for a fresh twist. Want to know our secret? It’s all in the right balance of garlic and butter.