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.