How to Choose a Dessert for Beef Stew


Beef stew is a traditional dinner, and though the recipe varies slightly between families, the main ingredients--meat and vegetables in a thick broth--make beef stew an easy meal to serve to family and guests alike. With such a filling entrée you may have a difficult time finding the right dessert to go with the meal.

  • Choose a dessert that won't compete with the richness of the beef stew. Consider a simple and light option such as fruit salad to offer a healthy option to follow a hearty meal.

  • Mix fruit such as strawberries, blueberries or apples with whipped cream for added flavor and texture. This keeps the dessert light while giving a little bit of sugar to sweeten the fruit.

  • Serve guests a plate of small chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk. Your dinner was a traditional "comfort food" so it makes sense that your dessert fits the theme.

  • Consider pudding--Yorkshire, rice, vanilla, chocolate or tapioca--to provide a different texture and flavor. Pudding is another traditional dessert and can be garnished with whipped topping, fruit or mini chocolate chips.

  • Make or purchase homemade vanilla ice cream and serve it with chocolate or caramel sauce and nuts. Serve in small dessert bowls or ice cream cups. Add colored sprinkles or a dollop of whipped topping and a cherry on top.

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