What to Serve with Boston Baked Beans (8 Easy Sides)

Boston baked beans are the ultimate comfort food, so they can be served with just about any side dish.

Just make sure the side you pick complements their sometimes-sweet, sometimes-savory flavor!

What to Serve with Boston Baked Beans

We’ve put together a list of 8 of our favorite sides to eat with Boston baked beans.

What to Serve with Boston Baked Beans?

For a side dish that goes well with Boston baked beans, you’ll want to opt for a creamy, cheesy dish. You can try something like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes or a green salad.

Here are 9 delicious side dishes that will pair perfectly with this comfort food classic:

1. Cornbread

Cornbread

They say that if you’re going to eat Boston Baked Beans, you’d better have some cornbread with it.

And who are we to argue?

Cornbread is an absolute must for any baked beans meal.

There’s some controversy about what kind of cornbread should be served with the beans, but we’re going to leave that debate up to you.

According to tradition, the cornbread should be made with cornmeal and butter—but we say, use the recipe that makes your tastebuds tingle!

Here’s how you make simple, delicious cornbread:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) and grease a 9-inch square pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add milk, oil and eggs; stir just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

If the thought of making your own cornbread has you feeling nervous (we get it), why not try one of these recipes below?

2. Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy

If you want a little something extra to go with your beans, why not try biscuits and gravy?

Biscuits are just like toast, but better.

And beans are a great idea for toast, so why not biscuits too?

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Get some biscuits from the grocery store or make them yourself.
  2. Cook some sausage, ground beef or turkey in a skillet. Drain it and set it aside.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of flour to the sausage grease in the pan and stir until it looks like paste. Then add milk, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring after each addition until smooth. Cook until thickened enough to coat a spoon.
  4. Put the meat back in the pan, stir and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Serve over warm biscuits!

Try one of these recipes for some inspired variations on this classic side dish:

3. Mac n’ Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

You don’t have to look far to find a great mac n’ cheese recipe.

Here are some easy steps to make your own:

  1. Cook pasta in boiling water for about 10 minutes, then strain and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and add flour to make roux.
  3. Stir in milk and cook until thickened, then add cheddar cheese, salt and pepper until fully melted.
  4. Add pasta and stir until well combined. Place mixture in baking dish and sprinkle with more cheese on top if desired.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until bubbling around the edges.

Don’t feel like making your own? No problem!

Try these recipes:

4. Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob

Corn on the Cob – A side of corn is a perfect complement to Boston beans.

There are three main ways to cook corn on the cob:

  1. Boil it, then put a compound butter on top
  2. Grill it, then put a compound butter on top
  3. Roast it in the oven, then put a compound butter on top

If you like your corn sweet and simple, just use butter with salt and pepper.

If you want to go crazy with flavor, try some of these compound butters: cilantro lime, garlic and parmesan, jalapeño and cheddar, lemon dill—the sky’s the limit!

You can even add other things like bacon or sriracha!

So how many ears of corn should you make?

Well, one ear per person is usually fine as a side dish.

If you’re making this as part of a full BBQ meal that also has hot dogs or hamburgers, you can probably get away with 0.75 ears per person (bonus tip: leave the husk on while cooking if you do this).

5. Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Potato salad is a classic side dish that makes your main dish complete.

  1. To make potato salad, boil a few potatoes in a pot of water.
  2. Once the potatoes are tender, remove them from the heat and strain out the water.
  3. Dice the potatoes into bite-sized chunks and place them into a large bowl.
  4. Add some mayonnaise and eggs, then mix well until everything is coated evenly.
  5. Top with salt and pepper to taste and serve!

Try one of these delicious recipes:

6. Cole Slaw

Coleslaw

Looking for a light and refreshing side dish to serve alongside your hearty meal?

Try cole slaw.

It’s easy to make, requires only a few ingredients, and is perfect for the summertime.

Here’s how to make cole slaw in just 5 steps:

  1. Cut a head of cabbage into thin slices, like this.
  2. Chop the cabbage into small pieces, like this.
  3. Place cabbage in a large bowl and mix with one cup of mayonnaise and one tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar. Mix well until all of the cabbage is coated with mayonnaise and lemon juice/vinegar.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, mix well again, then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours, ideally overnight so the flavors can meld together.
  5. Serve! That’s it!

Need some inspiration for your cole slaw?

Here are some great recipes from around the web:

7. Green Beans

green beans

Green beans are a great side for this meal because the nutty flavor of green beans complements the rich, creamy taste of baked beans.

They’re also a healthy choice; green beans are packed with fiber and nutrients.

To make green beans, you’ll need:

  • 2 pounds fresh green beans (ends trimmed)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Place the beans in a steamer rack over boiling water, cover and steam the beans until tender.
  2. Once they’re soft enough to pierce with a fork, remove them from heat.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic in butter until tender.
  4. Stir in lemon juice and pour the mixture over the green beans.
  5. Enjoy!

8. Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach

This side dish recipe is simple—and delicious!

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Wash your spinach thoroughly.
  2. Sautee the spinach in butter.
  3. Add milk to the pan, and mix it all together!
  4. Season with salt, pepper, and parsley for a little extra flavor.

Looking for even more recipes that go great with your Boston baked beans?

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Boston Baked Beans

8 Easy Sides for Boston Baked Beans

There are many reasons to serve a side dish with your Boston baked beans! Here are just a few:
First and foremost, sides add flavor and variety to the meal. You can make it as simple as serving a piece of garlic bread with your beans, or you can get more complicated and prepare an entire salad—it's up to you!
Second, sometimes guests want more than a single dish for their meal. If you're eating at someone else's house, it's likely that you'll want to try a little bit of everything. After all, we all love trying new foods! A side dish gives your guests another food option without having to prepare an entire second entree.
Third, if you're hosting vegetarian friends or relatives, then having some sides is essential so they don't go hungry! If you're serving meat in addition to your beans, then a vegetarian friend might not want to eat the fatty bacon on top of the dish.
By providing some other options in the form of sides, you can ensure that everyone has something they enjoy eating at the table.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 400 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Cornbread
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • Mac n' Cheese
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Potato Salad
  • Cole Slaw
  • Green Beans
  • Creamed Spinach

Instructions
 

  • Pick a side dish from this list to serve with your meal.
  • Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
  • Be ready to eat in less than 25 minutes!
Keyword What to Serve with Boston Baked Beans