The holidays are a time for family, friends, and of course, food! If you’re searching for Christmas dinner sides with beef tenderloin that will make your holiday feast extra special, look no further.
From creamy mashed potatoes to roasted Brussels sprouts, we’ve gathered 50 of the best side dishes to pair with your roast beef tenderloin.
So whether you’re hosting Christmas dinner or bringing a dish to pass, one of these recipes is sure to please everyone at the table.
1. Mashed Potatoes
Creamy traditional mashed potatoes are always a crowd favorite and family tradition. For an extra rich and flavorful dish, use Yukon gold or Russet potatoes.
Be sure to mash the potatoes until they are smooth and creamy, then add in your desired toppings.
We love a classic combination of butter, milk, and chives, but you can also try other fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme.
2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
If you’re looking for a side dish with a little bit of crunch, roasted Brussels sprouts are the perfect option.
Toss them in olive oil and your favorite seasonings, then roast in a preheated oven until they are crispy and golden brown.
Serve them as is or top with shaved Parmesan cheese for an extra savory dish.
3. Baked Sweet Potatoes
Baked sweet potatoes are a delicious and healthy option for Christmas dinner.
Simply bake them in a preheated oven until they are soft, then top with your favorite toppings.
You can add a little bit of butter and brown sugar, but you could also try maple syrup or honey. For an extra festive dish, top with mini marshmallows and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
4. Garlic Roasted Green Beans
Garlic roasted green beans are the perfect side dish for Christmas dinner. They are flavorful and healthy and can be easily made in advance.
Simply toss green beans with garlic and olive oil, then roast in a preheated oven until they are tender. You can also add other seasonings like salt, pepper, or thyme.
Serve them warm, straight from the oven.
5. Quinoa Stuffing
If you’re looking for a healthier option for Christmas dinner, try quinoa stuffing. This dish is packed with protein and fiber and can be easily made vegetarian or vegan.
Simply cook quinoa according to package directions, then mix with your favorite stuffing ingredients.
We love to add cranberries, pecans, and herbs, but you can use whatever you like.
Stuffing can also be made in advance and reheated before serving.
6. Honey Roasted Carrots
Honey roasted carrots are a simple but delicious side dish.
The glaze is made with just three ingredients – honey, butter, and orange juice – and comes together in minutes.
Be sure to use fresh carrots for this recipe, as they will roast up nicely and provide the best flavor. Serve these carrots warm, straight from the oven.
7. Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is a Christmas dinner staple. It’s tart and sweet and can be made in advance.
Simply cook cranberries with sugar and water until they are soft, then mash or blend to your desired consistency.
You can also add other flavors like orange juice, cinnamon, or cloves. Serve cranberry sauce warm or cold, depending on your preference.
8. Corn Pudding
Corn pudding is a creamy and delicious side dish. It’s perfect for Christmas dinner and can be easily made in advance.
Simply cook corn kernels with milk, sugar, and eggs until they are soft, then mash or blend to your desired consistency. You can also add other flavors like butter, cream cheese, or sour cream.
9. Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is always a crowd favorite, and makes the perfect Christmas dinner side dish.
Simply cook macaroni noodles according to package directions, then mix with your favorite cheese sauce. Add a classic cheddar cheese sauce or a more mild flavor like Gouda or Gruyere.
Top with bread crumbs and bake in a preheated oven until bubbly and golden brown.
10. Roasted root vegetables
Roasted root vegetables are a healthy and flavorful option for a dinner party.
Simply toss your favorite root vegetables with olive oil and seasonings, then roast in a preheated oven until tender.
We love to use sweet potatoes, carrots, and parsnips, but you can use whatever you like. Once done, serve warm next to your tenderloin.
11. Butternut squash soup
Butternut squash soup is a cozy and delicious option for Christmas dinner.
Simply cook butternut squash with chicken or vegetable broth, then blend until smooth. You can also add other flavors like ginger, curry powder, or maple syrup.
Top with croutons and serve warm.
12. Oven-roasted plums
Oven-roasted plums are a sweet and simple side dish. Simply toss halved plums with sugar and cinnamon on roast pan, then roast in a preheated oven until tender.
You can also add other toppings like chopped nuts or chocolate chips. Serve them warm, straight from the oven.
13. Fried cabbage
Fried cabbage is a delicious and unique side dish. Simply sauté chopped cabbage with bacon, onions, and garlic cloves until it is soft.
You can also add other seasonings like salt, black pepper, or thyme. Cook in a medium saucepan and add any extra flavorings on top!
14. Cheesy broccoli rice casserole
This cheesy broccoli rice casserole is a creamy and comforting side dish.
Simply cook broccoli and rice in chicken or vegetable broth, then mix with your favorite cheese sauce.
Top with bread crumbs and bake in a preheated oven until bubbly and golden brown.
15. Fried apples and onions
Fried apples and onions are a delicious and unique side dish for a special occasion.
Simply sauté in a cast iron skillet chopped apples and onions with bacon, until they are soft. You can also add other seasonings like salt, black pepper, or thyme.
Serve fried apples and onions warm, straight from the pan with any additional toppings.
16. Yorkshire pudding
Yorkshire pudding is a classic Christmas side dish. It’s made from a batter of eggs, flour, and milk, and is typically served with roast beef.
Yorkshire pudding can be made in advance and frozen, then popped into the oven to cook while the beef is resting. Serve warm, with gravy or beef juices.
17. Au gratin potatoes
Au gratin potatoes are a delicious and easy side dish to serve with a whole beef tenderloin.
Simply layer thinly sliced potatoes with cheddar cheese sauce and bake in a preheated oven until the potatoes are tender and the cheese is bubbly.
You can use any type of cheese you like, but we love a classic cheddar cheese sauce.
18. Dijon mustard
Dijon mustard is a classic condiment that pairs well with roast beef.
It’s made from a combination of mustard seeds, vinegar, wine, and spices, and has a sharp and tangy flavor.
Simply spread Dijon mustard on slices of tenderloin before serving. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for roasted vegetables or au gratin potatoes.
19. Buttery rolls
You can never go wrong with buttery rolls. They’re a classic side dish that pairs well with just about anything like filet mignon and any red meat.
Simply bake rolls in a preheated oven until they’re golden brown and crusty. Serve warm, with butter or margarine.
Broccoli is a nutritious and flavorful side dish. Simply steam or roast broccoli florets until they’re tender, then season with salt and pepper.
You can also add other flavors like garlic, lemon juice, or Parmesan cheese. Serve warm or cold.
21. Side salad
A side salad is a great way to add some color and nutrition to your Christmas dinner this holiday season. Simply choose your favorite greens and add whatever toppings you like.
You can’t go wrong with a classic green salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and croutons. Add fruits, nuts, or cheese for more flavor.
22. Balsamic mushrooms
Balsamic mushrooms are a delicious and easy side dish for a heavy dish like a classic beef tenderloin.
Simply saute mushrooms with garlic and balsamic vinegar, then season with salt and pepper. You can also add other flavors like thyme or rosemary.
23. Twice-baked potato
A twice-baked potato is a delicious and hearty side dish.
Simply bake potatoes in a preheated oven until they’re tender, then scoop out the insides and mash with butter, sour cream, cheese, and spices.
Scoop the mixture back into the potato skins, then bake for an additional 10 minutes.
24. Roasted cherry tomato Caprese salad
This roasted cherry tomato Caprese salad is a delicious and easy side dish. Simply roast cherry tomatoes with garlic and olive oil, then top with fresh mozzarella and basil.
Season with salt and pepper, then drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
25. Hashbrown casserole
This hashbrown casserole is a delicious and easy side dish. Simply mix frozen hash browns with cream of chicken soup, sour cream, cheese, and spices.
Spread the mixture into a baking dish and bake in a preheated oven until the top is golden brown.
26. Pasta salad
Pasta salad is a great side dish for Christmas dinner. It’s easy to make and can be made in advance.
Simply cook pasta according to package directions, then mix it with your favorite salad ingredients.
We love a classic Italian pasta salad with tomatoes, olives, peppers, and mozzarella cheese.
27. Charred asparagus
Charred asparagus is a delicious and easy side dish. Simply grill or broil asparagus spears until they’re slightly charred, then season with salt and pepper.
This is the perfect complement to a whole tenderloin or beef roast!
28. Garlic plantains
These garlic plantains are a great dish and go best with a beef tenderloin recipe. Simply fry plantain slices in hot oil, then season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Serve warm with dipping sauces like ketchup or sour cream.
29. Grilled corn
Grilled corn is a delicious and easy side dish. All you need is fresh corn on the cob and a grill.
Season the corn with butter, salt, and pepper, then grill for 10-15 minutes, or until tender.
30. Sauteed mixed greens
Sauteed mixed greens are a delicious and healthy side dish. Simply sauté your favorite greens with garlic, then season with salt and pepper.
You can also add other flavors like lemon juice, red pepper flakes, or Parmesan cheese.
31. Roasted potatoes
This side dish can be made in different ways, but our favorite is to roast diced potatoes with olive oil, garlic, and rosemary.
Simply bake in a preheated oven until the potatoes are golden brown and tender. Season with salt and pepper, then serve warm for the best holiday meal!
Make it ahead of time and reheat it the next day.
32. Cauliflower rice
Cauliflower rice is a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional rice. It’s easy to make and can be flavored however you like.
Simply sauté cauliflower florets in olive oil until they’re tender, then season with salt and pepper. You can also add other flavors like garlic, ginger, or green onions.
33. Roasted red peppers
Whip up this tasty side dish in no time! Simply roast red peppers in a preheated oven until they’re slightly charred.
Remove the skins, then slice the peppers into strips. Season with salt and pepper, then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
34. Green beans with almonds
This classic side dish is always a hit! Simply blanch green beans in boiling water, then drain and toss with butter, salt, and pepper.
Top with toasted sliced almonds for a little crunch.
35. French fries
Who doesn’t love French fries? They make the perfect side dish for any meal and lean cut of beef.
Simply slice potatoes into thin strips, then fry in hot oil until they’re golden brown and crispy.
Season with salt and pepper, then serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.
36. Candied bacon
This dish is as delicious as it sounds especially with the most tender cut of beef! Simply bake bacon in a preheated oven until it’s crisp.
Once it’s cool, brush with a mixture of brown sugar and maple syrup.
Place the bacon back in the oven and bake until the sugar is caramelized. Let cool before serving.
37. French onion soup
This rich and flavorful soup makes a great side dish for Christmas dinner. Simply saute onions in butter until they’re softened, then add garlic and continue to cook until the onions are golden brown.
Add beef broth and season with salt and pepper. Let the soup simmer for 15 minutes, then ladle into an individual small bowl and top with croutons and cheese.
38. Roasted leeks
Leeks are a delicious and underrated vegetable that pairs great with a roast beef tenderloin recipe.
They make a great side dish when roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Simply place them on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated oven until they’re tender and slightly browned.
39. Garlic mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes are always a hit! To make them extra flavorful, add garlic to the mix. Simply boil diced potatoes until they’re tender, then mash with butter, milk, and garlic powder.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. You can substitute butter or milk for heavy cream for an even richer dish.
40. Scalloped potatoes
This dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Simply slice potatoes thinly, then layer them in a baking dish with butter, salt, and pepper.
Pour over milk or cream, then top with cheese. Bake in a preheated oven until the potatoes are tender and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
41. Stuffed mushrooms
These mushrooms are packed with flavor and the perfect way to dress up your Christmas dinner table.
Simply remove the stems from the mushrooms, then stuff them with a mixture of bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and parsley.
Drizzle with olive oil, then bake in a preheated oven until the mushrooms are tender. Serve on a large platter along side your main dish.
42. Zucchini fritters
These fritters make a great side dish or appetizer. Simply grate zucchini onto a paper towel, then squeeze out the excess moisture.
In a bowl, mix together the zucchini, egg, flour, salt, and pepper. Fry in hot oil until they’re golden brown and crispy. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.
43. Broccoli salad
This salad is perfect for those who love broccoli! Simply mix together chopped broccoli, bacon, raisins, onion, and mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
This creates the perfect balance of flavors and makes a great side dish to any holiday dinner!
44. Tomato soup
This delicious soup makes a great side dish for any meal. Simply cook diced tomatoes in olive oil until they’re soft, then add garlic and continue to cook for 1 more minute.
Add beef broth and season with salt and pepper. Let the soup simmer for 15 minutes, then puree in a blender or food processor.
Serve warm with croutons and cheese.
45. Potato salad
This classic salad is always a hit! Simply boiled diced potatoes until they’re tender, then mix with mayonnaise, celery, onion, and pickles.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. This is the easiest thing to make the day before and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.
46. Deviled eggs
These eggs make a great side dish for Christmas day. Simply hard boil eggs, then remove the yolks and mash with mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, and salt.
Spoon the mixture back into the egg whites, then garnish with paprika.
47. Grilled vegetables
These vegetables make a great side dish to any meal. Simply slice your favorite vegetables (such as zucchini, squash, eggplant, and peppers) into thin strips.
Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat until they’re slightly charred.
48. Cheesy grits casserole
This dish is perfect for those who love grits! Simply cook grits according to package directions, then stir in shredded cheese and eggs.
Pour into a casserole dish and bake in a preheated oven until firm.
49. Roasted cauliflower
This dish is the best way to enjoy cauliflower. Simply drizzle cauliflower florets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Roast in a preheated oven until they’re slightly browned. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.
50. Whipped sweet potatoes
These sweet potatoes are a delicious and healthy side dish. Simply bake sweet potatoes until they’re tender, then mash with butter, milk, salt, and pepper.
Whip with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
How to Cook Beef Tenderloin
Beef tenderloin is a deliciously tender, juicy, and expensive cut of meat that makes a perfect main dish for any holiday dinner. Here’s how to cook beef tenderloin so that it comes out perfectly every time:
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. One of the most important things is to remove the silver skin.
2. Season the beef tenderloin with salt and pepper.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, then add the beef and sear on all sides until evenly browned. Add in apple cider vinegar, beef broth, and thyme.
4. Transfer the beef to a roasting pan and roast in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F for medium rare or 160 degrees F for medium.
The final serving temperature will be about 5 degrees higher, so keep that in mind when cooking.
You can use an instant read thermometer to check.
5. Serve on a carving board with a side of creamy horseradish sauce.
Most tender cuts of meat like beef wellington and tenderloin are best-served medium rare, which is why it’s important to use an instant read meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.
For the best results, you will need to check that your beef tenderloin is cooked to perfection!
Let your beef tenderloin roast recipe cool at room temperature then add some soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce to the meat before slicing. This will give it some extra flavor.
You can use kitchen twine to tie the beef tenderloin, which will help it to cook evenly. Make sure to remove the twine before carving and serving!
Dinner Sides Dishes
These are all great ideas for new recipes to try alongside your main course.
The good news is you can find ingredients for all of these delicious side dishes at grocery stores.
If you are looking for a foolproof recipe that is not an expensive side you can create Hidden Valley ranch dip. This goes great with the tenderloin as well as fruits and veggies.
Serve along side red wine or white wines like Pinot Noir and finish off with a delicious pumpkin pie!
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