Potato wedges are such an amazing food! They’re great on their own as a snack, but even better as a side to an amazing meal.
I love potato wedges with almost anything, but when I’m wondering what to serve with them I generally go for a hearty, protein-packed main.
In this article, I’ve gathered all of my favorites for you, including:
- Chicken meals
- Vegetarian mains
- And more!
Let’s get cooking!
I just adore chicken thighs for a weeknight dinner. They’re healthy, easy to make, and soak up whatever flavor you choose.
For this recipe, you season your poultry with a simple rub of one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of whole grain mustard, pepper, salt, and garlic.
You then sear the chicken in a pan until the skin is golden brown and crispy in a cast iron skillet (roughly two to three minutes.)
Finally, add in a sauce of Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, honey, and chicken broth, along with a few sprigs of rosemary, and pop the entire skillet in a 400-degree oven for around half an hour.
The resulting chicken is soft and tender, pulling easily off of the bone, and packed chock full of flavor!
This salmon is crispy and crunchy on the outside, and butter soft and barely cooked on the inside, making for a filet that’s diverse in flavor and texture and melt-in-your-mouth amazing with every bite.
This recipe always feels fancy to me, but it only takes a handful of ingredients and fifteen minutes – making it one of my go-to weeknight dinners.
To make it, you simply season salmon steaks with a little salt and pepper and place them in a skillet with a little heated olive oil.
Cook the salmon for four to five minutes, then flip and cook until finished to your preference – at least another four or so minutes!
To get the perfect crisp, almost caramelized outside, make sure not to move the salmon around in the pan other than when flipping it.
I know, I know – beans in chili are controversial.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a pure meat and veggie chili as much as the next person. However, this veggie chili is just as satisfying and flavorful as more “authentic” versions and great for a healthy dinner option.
This recipe is also accidentally vegan, though admittedly I normally top it with a generous amount of cheese and sour cream!
If you’re trying your hand at this chili, you first saute onions until translucent then add in garlic, celery, peppers, and sweet potato and cook until soft (around fifteen minutes.)
Once your veggies are a little cooked, add in your spice mix, tomatoes, and broth, and cook on low heat for at least an hour to allow the flavors to fully infuse and the chili to reduce.
Finally, ten minutes before you’re ready to serve, add in a couple of tablespoons of white or apple cider vinegar to add a slightly acidic edge and highlight the rich, hearty flavors!
Another Southern-style classic, there’s not much that beats BBQ pulled pork. It’s amazing on the day of the event, and arguably even better as leftovers in a sandwich!
This recipe takes little time, as it needs to simmer for three to four hours to get maximally tender.
This homemade BBQ pulled pork really only requires about 15 minutes of your active time. Simply cut the pork shoulder into large pieces, stud them with sliced garlic, dust them with the BBQ dry rub, and then let it simmer in the braising liquid for 3-4 hours. All hands-off, leaving you with free time to attend to other things.
Now the question remains, what to serve with potato wedges? Personal favorite is to pile this BBQ pulled pork high on a brioche bun, maybe even add a layer of coleslaw for texture. You can go the extra mile and pair it with a side of mac & cheese or your favorite pasta salad, amounting to an idyllic comfort food feast.
If you’re after something a bit more traditional, lamb roast is also an incredible meal option! It’s hearty, satisfying, and always a favorite.
This recipe also takes some cooking time; five to six hours to be precise. However, I guarantee you’ve never had lamb this flavorful and tender.
First, you’ll need a bone-in leg of lamb. Spice it up with onions, garlic, ground cardamom, and a mixed spice of your choice, don’t worry if you can’t find a ready-made blend, simply mix some ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves together.
Rub all these ingredients over the lamb, pop it in the fridge to marinate overnight, and slow roast it the next day.
The real beauty of this dish lies in your oven doing all the hard work. With a prep time under 15 minutes, this lamb roast is a great way to impress your loved ones without having to be stuck in the kitchen all day.
Once your lamb is in the oven, all you need to do is to check on it from time to time. Give it a baste, throw in your potato wedges, and watch as the lamb turns tender, and the wedges crisp up nicely.
The roast is traditionally paired with cinnamon-scented fried vermicelli, but don’t be afraid to make it your own. Those potato wedges you just made would be an excellent pairing, or even some leftover cauliflower couscous or roast veggies.
For a lighter choice that’s great for summer or snacking, why not try out stuffed bell peppers?
This recipe uses ground beef, rice, and seasonings, but feel free to mix it up if you like!
To start, simply cut off the tops of the bell peppers and remove the seeds. Then, stuff these peppers with the beef and rice mixture.
Bake them in a Dutch oven for about 40 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Just ensure not to stuff too tightly so everything will cook right.
Here’s one special thing about Lebanese food; it’s typically served with Labneh. It’s a thick, strained yogurt that is fantastic for your gut health.
I love serving stuffed bell peppers when I want a tasty meal that’s also dairy and gluten-free! If you’re not catering to restrictions though, these peppers are amazing topped with cheese.
Traditional Caesar salad is amazing, but it lacks a protein-heavy component.
Ready in just 30 minutes, this salad doesn’t skimp on anything. This recipe adds grilled shrimp which rounds out the nutritional density of this meal, as well as adding amazing flavor and an attractive pop of color. The salad is light, savory, zesty, and perfect for summer!
Better still, you can feed four people for what it would cost for one of these at the restaurant.
Making it couldn’t be easier. The creamy Caesar dressing is whipped together in a blender. The croutons are made by tossing day-old sourdough bread in olive oil and Old Bay seasoning, baking until crispy.
The shrimp are skewered and grilled at medium-high heat, ensuring they are pink and opaque, yet still moist. Assemble your salad by filling a bowl with clean, dried romaine lettuce, then tossing generously in Caesar dressing, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and topping with the spicy, grilled shrimp and croutons.
Ever tried this British staple? Bangers and mash is such hearty, satisfying fare, it is sure to hit the spot every time!
I love how quick and easy this recipe is as well; it only takes twenty-five minutes, including making your own gravy from scratch!
The iconic “Bangers” name actually refers to the sausages, which were nicknamed as such due to their tendency to burst open with a bang when cooked.
Now on to making this delightful dish; it’s a breeze and won’t take much of your time.
First off, start by browning sausages in a skillet. As you remove them, leave around 2 tablespoons of fat in the skillet for the next step; cooking the onions and garlic until they’re golden brown.
What really brings this dish to uniqueness is the to-die-for onion gravy.
It requires just four things; onions, garlic, beef broth, and plain flour. So after you’ve cooked your onions and garlic, you add the flour and stir constantly before gradually adding the broth. As it heats, you will see a smooth gravy consistency form.
Now, if you are worried about lumpy gravy, I got a trick for you. Add part of the broth into the flour/onion mixture first, stir it into a sludgy paste, then mix in the rest. Voila! No lumps!
Don’t forget to pair your Bangers and Mash with Potato Wedges.
If you prefer a little more spice, you can never go wrong with buffalo wings. These wings are perfectly seasoned, subtly sweet, and sticky with an addicting crispy crunch!
These spicy-creamy buffalo wings are not just tempting but also a breeze to make. Using a special “baking powder trick“, this recipe from Natasha’s kitchen gives the wings an irresistibly crispy texture, minus the greasiness of deep-frying.
Start with fresh chicken wings and mix them up with the dry seasoning of baking powder, salt, and garlic powder. This dry mix is the secret to the crispiness. Arrange the wings on a wire rack, then bake to crispy perfection.
While your wings are baking, you can prepare the buffalo sauce. Blend melted butter with sugar and Frank’s Original Red Hot Sauce. It’s tangy, a little sweet, and spicy – exactly what your wings need.
Once your wings are ready, toss them in the buffalo sauce and there you go! Succulent chicken wings, studded with spices, tossed in a tangy-sweet sauce. And the best part? It’s done in just an hour- perfect for a quick game-night snack.
You could add in a bit more black or cayenne pepper to the seasoning for a spicier kick. And if you own an air fryer, you could easily prepare the wings in there too.
When ready to serve, simply plate your wings up alongside those crispy potato wedges. Maybe add in some blue cheese dip and celery sticks — just like they do at Chili’s. Or, you could opt to spicily surprise your taste buds with a jalapeno ranch dip.
So, the next time you find yourself pondering what to serve with potato wedges, give these Buffalo chicken wings a shot. It’s a quick, no-fuss yet unique appetizer that’s sure to impress.
Personally I love serving them as an appetizer for game day, or anytime I feel like a special treat.
This sandwich is composed of slow-cooked pulled beef, thinly sliced onions cooked in the meat drippings, and homemade horseradish sauce or thick Vienna loaf.
It’s a sloppy, filling, and delicious meal. It can be made easily in the slow cooker or instant pot, leading to a fuss-free lunch or dinner!
The beauty of this recipe is that it’s as flexible as it is delicious.
No Instant Pot? Not a problem.
You can make the same recipe in a slow cooker. And if you’re expecting a crowd, just buy a larger cut of beef. It also makes excellent leftovers and can even be frozen for up to four months.
So give this recipe a go. It’ll infuse your kitchen with the aromatic French tastes and make your potato wedges the main snack of the evening.
This falafel recipe contains fava beans as well as traditional chickpeas, onions, and spices.
The beans add an extra creamy texture, ensuring that the falafel stays soft and moist in the center as well as adding extra protein to this already protein-packed dish.
Now, to pair these flavorsome falafels with our potato wedges, I’d suggest serving them in wraps with a tantalizing creamy tahini sauce.
If you want to push the boundaries, create a falafel salad, or integrate them into a rice bowl. To add a burst of tangy flavor, you might like to pair it with a Lebanese garlic sauce recipes too.
When you bite into the crunchy falafel along with tender, savory potato wedges, this rich taste blend is unbelievably satisfying.
I love falafel in a wrap, crumbled through a salad, or even just falafel balls on their own!
Another great vegetarian main is stuffed portobello mushrooms! These mushrooms have a hearty, meaty texture, and are jam-packed with flavor from the veggies and cheese.
It’s easy to make them as well! All you need to do is remove the stems from the mushrooms and pop them into the oven for about ten minutes to pre-cook them.
Then, saute onion in a medium hot skillet until translucent, and add in garlic, green pepper, spinach, tomatoes, goat cheese, salt, pepper, mushroom stems, hot sauce, and breadcrumbs (or any stuffing options of your choice.)
Fill the mushrooms with this mixture, top with mozzarella cheese, and bake until the cheese has melted (roughly ten minutes!)
Eggplant parmesan is a classic for a reason!
The eggplant is soft and supple, with gooey melty cheese and sauce in the middle and a perfect crispy layer on top.
This recipe takes a little more time, as you need to pre-cook the eggplant as well as bread and fry (or bake) it before you assemble the full dish.
However, it’s a delicious, comforting meal that is so worth the extra prep time.
If you’re after something that’s a little lighter but still packs a flavorful punch, this tofu stir fry is one of my go-to fast and yummy weeknight dinners!
It’s a super simple meal, with just crispy, flavorful cubes of tofu, green onions, spinach, and sesame seeds, but it’s so full of protein and nutrients that it will leave you satisfied while still feeling light and full of energy.
When making this recipe, it’s important to press your tofu first.
This gets rid of any extra moisture, allowing the tofu to absorb the flavors of the soy sauce, sesame oil, and other flavorings, as well as ensuring it will hold its shape and not crumble during the cooking process.
Another amazing light meal is caprese skewers! This recipe takes inspiration from the classic combination of mozzarella cheese, ripe tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves, and puts it on a skewer – making it lovely to look at and easy and mess-free to eat!
I love this recipe especially with a drizzling of balsamic glaze and a little sea salt. If you want to mix it up, try gently heating these skewers and then pulling the toppings off onto fresh warm sourdough!
What to Serve With Potato Wedges: 15 sides
- Easy Honey Mustard & Rosemary Chicken (1 Pan)
- Restaurant-Style Pan-Seared Salmon
- Vegetarian Bean Chili
- BBQ Pulled Pork
- Lamb Roast
- Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Caesar Salad with Grilled Shrimp
- Bangers & Mash Sausage with Onion Gravy
- Buffalo Wings
- French Dip Sandwich
- Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Vegan Tofu Stir-Fry
- Caprese Skewers
- Pick a side.
- Enjoy it!
My name is Beth, Elizabeth Evelyn to be exact. A native Tennessean, I was born in the South.
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