Beef brisket is a special cut of meat that only gets cooked a few times a year, mostly during holidays or other celebrations. That tender sliced beef is a real showstopper, but it does need a few sides to fill up guests and the table.
Select two or three of these recipes and you'll have an easy menu to delight your holiday guests. These are 10 side dish recipes that are perfect to serve alongside beef brisket.
Think of potato kugel a little like a latke casserole. Grated potatoes and onions are folded with eggs and baked until golden-brown. The top is crisp and the interior is tender and moist. It makes a generous dish, so it's ideal for serving a crowd.
Simply cooked asparagus is the perfect counterpoint to rich brisket. This microwave hack is ingenious for a quick steam of fresh asparagus. You can serve them plain, with a drizzle of browned butter, or tossed with lemon and black pepper.
We don't often take the opportunity to serve carrots whole, but tender spring carrots braised in broth, a little vinegar, and brown sugar are a revelation. They look stunning on a serving platter, but they are fork-tender and oh-so-delicious!
This is no ordinary salad — it is a multi-layered slaw that can be made ahead and won't taste like any other slaw on any other holiday menu. Both the kohlrabi and cabbage remain crunchy even after sitting in the piquant dressing overnight.
These roasted squash and sweet potatoes are gingery gems on a plate. The recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients and roasts in a hot oven for 40 minutes. The vegetables become tender and supple. Plus, this side makes a ton.
Brown butter radishes are a great back-pocket recipe to know by heart because they're easy to make and novel enough to surprise your guests. It's as simple as cooking halved radishes in brown butter. You can prepare the brown butter in advance if you're feeling crunched for prep time the day of, but these beauties can be served warm or at room temperature.
Admittedly, latkes are an extra-special side to make alongside brisket. Put your brisket in the slow cooker and pick an easy vegetables like the steamed asparagus above or the pan-cooked green beans below and free yourself up to make the most perfect latkes ever. Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, latkes might not be a traditional side to brisket but we love 'em!
I always make this carrot soufflé with brisket because I love how impressive it looks and tastes while secretly being pretty easy. Plus the creamy carrot is so luxurious for running a piece of brisket through for a perfect brisket bite.
Let's start a new rule: Every holiday table must have deviled eggs. They can be served as an appetizer but they also make a welcome but unexpected side dish. These beet-colored beauties will also give you pickled beets to serve with the brisket.
Consider this last side dish recommendation a hail Mary recipe! Green beans are inexpensive, easy to cook, and look lovely on the table. In a pinch you can use frozen green beans, a helpful thing to know when your niece decides to bring her roommate and her new boyfriend to the holiday dinner.
Need more side ideas? A Modern Passover Menu from Kim Kushner