Delicious Side Dish Ideas for Natural Angus Beef
Apr 6, 2021 | Cooking with Beef
Savory. Juicy. Flavorful. Buttery. Beef is amazing on its own, but like any superhero, sometimes it benefits from a sidekick. Read on to get our favorite side dish ideas for Aspen Ridge Natural Angus Beef—they’re all easy, healthy, and delicious.
1| Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower (Main Dish: Natural Angus Filet Mignon)
Once you own an air fryer, it’s hard to believe you ever cooked without one. Air fryers are versatile, fast, and create the crispiness of oil frying with a fraction of the fat.
Air frying steaks is actually quite simple and tasty, as you can see in this Air Fryer Filet Mignon recipe from J-Z Eats. The filet mignon is marinated, air fried, and then rested for maximum juiciness.
But, what to pair with these filets? Keep your air fryer out and try Nourish Plate’s Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower. You can simply use cauliflower, olive oil, salt, and pepper, or you can upgrade your side dish with paprika, turmeric, and garlic powder. Feeling even more adventurous? Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a tahini lemon drizzle.
Wine pairing suggestion: Argentinean Malbec
2| Grilled Kimchi and Broccolini (Main Dish: Natural Angus Strip Steaks)
Not familiar with these ingredients? Here’s a quick rundown. Broccolini is related to regular broccoli (in fact, it’s a cross-breed with Chinese broccoli), but with smaller florets, long stalks, and edible leaves. Kimchi is a Korean dish made from cabbage and other veggies like radishes and celery. It’s made through fermentation, giving it several health benefits—Kimchi may help regulate your immune system, promote weight loss, fight inflammation, and even slow the aging process.
This recipe features marinated Aspen Ridge Natural Angus strip steaks and grills the kimchi and broccolini lightly to retain freshness and flavor. The steak is also grilled four to six minutes per side until it’s medium rare, then rested for ten minutes. This is a perfect dish to try when you want something truly different and on trend.
Wine pairing suggestion: Barbera d’Asti
3| Greek Lemon-Garlic Roasted Potatoes (Main Dish: Natural Angus Ground Beef)
Greek-inspired food is just plain addicting. One of our favorite Greek beef dishes is Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner’s Mediterranean Beef Meatball Kabobs. In this recipe, the ground beef is combined with the meatball ingredients, formed into balls, and baked. They take 30 minutes and are bursting with flavor on their own or served on flatbread.
Amp up the Grecian flavor with A Spicy Perspective’s popular side dish, Greek Lemon-Garlic Roasted Potatoes. They require only ten minutes of prep time, and get their bright flavor from lemon, garlic, oregano, and vegetable broth.
Wine pairing suggestion: Grenache
4| Elote (Mexican Corn) Recipe (Main Dish: Natural Angus Sirloin Steak)
If you’re on TikTok, you know that Elote, Mexican Street Corn, is all the rage right now online and also is incredibly popular as a street (on-the-go) food. It’s made by grilling corn until it’s slightly charred, then topping it with mayo, chili powder, cojita cheese, cilantro, and lime juice. The mayo absorbs and sets off the stronger flavors, creating a smoky-zesty-creamy sauce for the corn.
Basic Elote is an ideal side dish for our Grilled Sirloin Steak with Lemon Salsa Verde. In this recipe, the steaks are brushed with oil, grilled, and then topped with the Lemon Salsa Verde. The steak sauce’s cilantro, parsley, lemon, and mint complement the Elote’s herbaceous, citrusy notes and amp up our Aspen Ridge Natural sirloin steak’s juicy, beefy flavors.
Wine pairing suggestion: South African Cabernet Sauvignon
How to Pair Aspen Ridge Natural Angus Beef with Wine
While it’s not exactly a side dish, the right wine pairing is just as essential to a top-notch meal. There are no hard and fast rules, but here are some wine pairing ideas for your Natural Angus Beef meals in addition to our recommendations above.
- Pair leaner cuts like filet mignon with lighter reds like Pinot Noir or Grenache
- Pair burgers with Pinot Noir
- Prefer white wine? Try Sherry, specifically Oloroso
- Pair spicy beef dishes with wines that have equally big flavor like Merlot
- Pair traditional, simple steaks with Cabernet Sauvigno
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