Delicious Pork Side Dishes for all Occasions

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Pork is a versatile meat that can be cooked in many different ways. Depending on the cut of meat and how you cook it, there will be a slightly different flavor.

There are so many ways to cook pork but some of our favorites include pulled pork, pork tenderloin, roast pork, and pork chops. 

Have you ever got stuck on what side to pair with your pork dish? People usually stick to the meat and two veg option but that does get boring if you choose that day in and day out.

Side dishes are a highly important part of your meal. Not only do they bulk out your meal but they also bring out the flavors of the pork. 

If you need a little inspiration, you need not look any further! We have put together the top side dishes for the most popular pork dishes.

These sides will make your meal taste a lot better and keep you feeling full long after you have finished the dish. 

Pulled Pork Sides

This pork dish is one of the most popular created in North Carolina. It is sweet, tangy and delicious! When you go to a restaurant, you will most likely see a pulled pork sandwich on the menu and any of the below sides will perfect your dish!

I love pulled pork in a slow cooker served as pulled pork nachos. Shredded pork with homemade barbecue sauce is my favorite pulled pork recipe. Serve it with a little cole slaw or shredded cabbage and you’re in South Carolina heaven.

We have to say that the only sauce which works with pulled pork is BBQ sauce. It is the perfect combination. You get the flavor of the smoked meat mixed with the sweetness of the sauce. The best of both worlds! The side dishes for pulled pork are many.

Veggies:

  • Baked beans
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Coleslaw

Starchy Sides:

  • Potato wedges
  • Mac and cheese
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Corn on the cob (grilled corn)
  • Roasted garlic potatoes
  • Cornbread

Sauces:

  • BBQ sauce

Salads:

  • Broccoli salad
  • Pasta salad
  • Succotash
  • Black eyed pea salad

Pork Tenderloin Sides

This cut of pork is one of the most popular choices. When cooked correctly, this meat is tender and oozes flavor. This is usually a large cut of meat so it is another great choice to prepare for a dinner party.

To compliment pork tenderloin, there are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to side dishes. 

Veggies:

  • Green beans
  • Butternut squash 
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Sauteed asparagus
  • Braised cabbage
  • Veggie skewers
  • Collard greens

Starchy Sides:

  • Baked potato
  • Mashed sweet potatoes
  • Dirty rice
  • Corn casserole
  • Garlic mashed potatoes

Sauces:

  • Apple sauce

Salads:

  • Green olive salad
  • Tomato salad

Roast Pork Sides

This dish is hugely popular during special occasions. You can get a large cut of meat and serve it to your family and friends.

It is traditionally served with applesauce on the side so we highly recommend checking out our recipe for the best apple sauce at the end of this article!

Veggies:

  • Roasted green beans
  • Honey-glazed carrots
  • Roasted Brussel sprouts
  • Grilled asparagus
  • Green bean casserole
  • Fried cabbage

Starchy Sides:

  • Roasted garlic potatoes
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Cheesy corn casserole
  • Potato gratin
  • Sweet potato fries

Sauces:

  • Apple sauce
  • Brandied cranberry sauce
  • Roast apple and onion sauce
  • Cranberry relish

Salads:

  • Green salad
  • Sweet potato salad
  • Pomegranate salad

Sides for Pork Chops

This cut of pork is a great option for someone who likes to prepare meals quickly. The pork chops can be accompanied with some stuffing which brings out the flavor of the meat even further.

If you want to make the dish even better, take a look at some of our recommended side dishes for porch chops below. Figuring out what to serve with pork chops has never been easier.

Veggies:

  • Baked beans
  • Broccoli
  • Grilled asparagus
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Fried plantain
  • Green bean casserole
  • Red cabbage
  • Sauerkraut
  • Really any vegetable works

Starchy Sides:

  • Fries
  • Mac and cheese
  • Polenta
  • Potato gratin
  • Baked sweet potato
  • Egg noodles
  • Wild rice
  • Creamed corn
  • Roasted potatoes

Sauces:

  • Apple sauce
  • Apple chutney
  • Red currant sauce
  • Cranberry sauce

Salads:

  • Tomato and cucumber salad
  • Mango and mint salsa
  • Pineapple salsa

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Top Pork Side Dish Recipes

To help you prepare the best pork side dishes, we thought it would be a  good idea to share with you the top three recipes. These three sides are all absolutely scrumptious and will make your meal one of the best you’ve ever tasted!
Mac and Cheese Recipe
Apple Sauce
Roasted Garlic Potatoes

Ingredients

Mac and Cheese Recipe

  • 350 g macaroni pasta
  • 250 g mature cheddar cheese
  • 50 g parmesan cheese
  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 50 g baguette
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 tbsp butter

Apple Sauce

  • 400 g Bramley apples
  • tbsp caster sugar
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • Butter and salt to serve

Roasted Garlic Potatoes

  • 13 potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

Mac and Cheese Recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 390°F. Cut up the baguette into chunks and spread over a baking tray. Add 1 tbsp of melted butter on top and season. Bake for 6 minutes until crispy.
  • Boil pasta in a saucepan. Remove from heat before fully cooked and drain.
  • In another saucepan add the mustard, butter and garlic. Cook until combined and then slowly add in the plain flour. Add in the milk and stir until you have a smooth consistency. Leave the mixture to simmer until thickened. Then remove from heat and begin stirring in both of the cheddar and parmesan cheeses.
  • Once you are happy with the consistency of the cheese, you can begin to stir in the pasta. When fully coated, place into an ovenproof dish. Add the baguette chunks to the top of the mixture and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Apple Sauce

  • Peel and cut the apples into chunks. Put them into a pan with the lemon juice, 2 tbsp of water and the caster sugar. Heat on a low temperature until the apples become soft. Then you can squash the apples down to create a thick sauce.
  • Add butter and salt to your taste to serve.

Roasted Garlic Potatoes

  • Bring a large saucepan of water to boil and then add potatoes, salt and baking soda. Return potatoes to boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. When potatoes are fully cooked, drain and sit them aside for a few minutes.
  • Mix the olive oil, garlic, pepper and rosemary in a small saucepan. Heat gently for 3 minutes. Place the mixture over the potatoes and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Ensure the potatoes are all coated with the mixture. Place the potatoes onto a roasting tray and roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 425°F.
  • Flip the potatoes and place back into the oven for a further 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and season further to serve if desired.

Summary

We hope that you have enjoyed reading about the best pork side dishes.

Remember that these are just our suggestions and if you feel like experimenting with different flavors, then go ahead!

If you find anything that works, let us know so we can also try out your pork side dish recipe!

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