Pork chops are delicious and versatile, but with so many options it can be difficult to decide what side dish is the best idea. Here are 11 side dishes that will turn your succulent pork chops into a meal to remember.
Let’s start with something sweet, shall we? Pork and apples go so well together. Like a hippie and a drum circle, there is something so inevitable about this pairing.
The sweet burst of flavor provided by applesauce is a perfect side-dish for pork chops, especially when combined with other ideas on this list.
2. Sticky rice
If you are a fan of Asian cooking, you should know that sticky rice is one of the most delicious sides that you could possibly enjoy with tender, flavorful pork.
Combining the rice with scrumptious pork chops is a real favorite in our kitchen.
Don’t forget to add your favorite vegetables! You can add whatever you want, but I prefer garlic, green onions, and sweet peas in mine.
Nothing beats the classic combination of sweet and salty. If you agree, you’ll love these savory chops with sweet glazed carrots.
Not only do the flavors complement each other, but the crunch of the carrots contrasts with the tenderness of the pork.
Try sauteeing the carrots in butter, drizzle in a little honey, and enjoy!
4. Corn bread
Here’s another delicious taste with pork chops: Cornbread! This southern bread is moist, delicious, and, oh my goodness, a perfect accompaniment to pork chops.
Whether you’re making sweet or savory bread, it doesn’t matter – the crumbly texture is perfect for your starter.
5. Corn pudding
If you want to give your chops a real southern flavor, how about a corn pudding? The pudding is soft and creamy, something the chop lacks. Together they form a well-balanced duo.
Serve the corn pudding with pork chops and your guests will want more.
And you don’t even have to go to the supermarket to make this amazing dish. All you need is canned corn, milk, cornstarch, eggs, and sugar – all basic ingredients from the pantry.
6. Baked potato
Potatoes are always a great way to round out a meal. My favorite way to serve baked potatoes is with pork chops.
They are rich, creamy, and filling – everything a pork chop needs to be more exciting.
Baked potatoes are not only delicious and addictive, but they are also easy to eat. Just cook a few layers of potato slices, onions, flour, butter, and milk and you’re done.
7. French fries
Pork chops are flavorful and tender, while fries are soft and crispy, which is why they go well together.
Besides the pleasant contrast in flavors and textures, the fries are also relatively healthy, so you don’t have to worry about extra calories with this dish.
Unlike regular fries, sweet potatoes don’t need to be deep-fried to be delicious. Drizzle the slices with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake!
8. Hard-boiled eggs
Pork chops can sometimes be a little dry, so why not counterbalance with something rich and creamy?
These go especially well next to delicious sticky rice and vegetables!
9. Macaroni and cheese
Maybe I’m biased, but macaroni and cheese is so delicious that I try to include it in my menus as often as possible. Lucky for me, pork chops and macaroni and cheese go together perfectly!
The pasta dish adds a rich, creamy component to your pork chop feast, creating a harmony of flavors and textures. And in addition to its complementary flavors, macaroni and cheese is also a great filler – a great way to end dinner.
You probably have your own recipe for the perfect macaroni and cheese, but I have a few tips for you anyway. The key to the creamiest macaroni with cheese is to keep making the cheese sauce.
Preparation: Fry the butter in a pan and add a little flour. Mix until lumps form and then add a little milk. Keep whisking until you have a thick mixture. Add the cheese of your choice and that’s it!
You can choose any cheese you like, but I prefer a combination of Cheddar and Gouda.
10. French onion soup
Pork and onions are always a good combination. That’s why I like to make French onion soup with pork chops. The onions have a spicy flavor that goes well with the milder chops. Together they form a perfect harmony!
11. Mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a classic accompaniment to pork chops. You can give your mash a little kick by adding in some delicious yellow mustard, something that I find goes well with almost all pork dishes.