So pork chops are on the menu for dinner tonight, but you still need some inspiration for what to serve with them. Look no further than one of these 15 delicious side dishes, all chosen for how well they pair with pork. With plenty of options you can make in the microwave, and a few classic favorites thrown into the mix, these dishes aren't too complicated or time-consuming. Most of them can be prepared while your pork chops cook. And speaking of pork chops, if you need to brush up on the different preparation methods, check out our complete guide to cooking pork chops.
If you want a foolproof way to prepare your Brussels sprouts, consider this sautéed shredded version. The shredded sprouts cook up quickly and you can add any kind of herbs and spices you like. We're partial to this mix of paprika, lemon, and thyme next to seared chops.
This isn't quite a soup, but it's definitely a side dish you could eat with a spoon. It has the consistency of applesauce, but is delightfully savory and rich, thanks to the goat cheese. Don't be shy about swirling your pork chops in it before each bite.
Even spinach haters will love this rich, baked spinach dish. That's thanks to the cream cheese, garlic, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan. Since it's so rich, it's best when a simpler preparation of pork chops is on the menu.
You've probably had stuffed peppers plenty of times, but now it's time to branch out into stuffed tomatoes. While this recipe is great with farmers market fresh tomatoes, the baking time also helps grocery store tomatoes reach their full potential.
When in doubt, a platter of roasted, mixed vegetables is always a winner. And fall is the perfect time to roast all the squash and root vegetables you can find. When pork is on the menu, don't hesitate to throw a few apples on the pan.
Roast wedges of purple cabbage for just 15 minutes and meanwhile, whip up this mouth-watering mustard vinaigrette you can drizzle over the pork as well.
Butternut squash is one of the sweeter gourds around, so it does well with a little spicing up from a drizzle of Sriracha. You'll also be pleasantly surprised to find out just how well the coconut flakes fare in the mix.
If you're tired of baked potatoes, but want something that's just as easy to prepare, consider the Hasselback. These sliced potatoes are soft and crispy in all the right ways, and you can season them easily with any array of herbs or cheeses.
This side dish literally takes five minutes. So when you're in a rush to figure out just what to serve alongside pork chops (or just about any other main course), if you have some cherry tomatoes and a jar of capers, you'll be fine.
This recipe is just one of the examples of why we always have a bag of corn in our freezer. It's incredibly simple to prepare (just five minutes!) and is guaranteed to be gobbled up next to a spicier take on pork chops.
There are so many veggies you can turn into fries, but eggplant might be one of our favorites. The Parmesan breadcrumb coating makes these a definite winner. Serve this side with pork when you want to mix things up a bit.
Sometimes you just need a classic side to go with your pork chops. That's when we reach for this creamy, comforting scalloped potato recipe. There's nothing better on a chilly night.
If your normal method of preparing broccoli is steaming, you're going to want to try this recipe. The caramelization that happens when you roast broccoli makes this normally bitter veggie toasty and even sweet.
If you've been in a potato rut, consider this gratin to help you break out of it. Parsnips are one of our favorite root veggies, and they go perfectly with leeks and mushrooms in this elegant side dish.
Start with a bag of frozen cauliflower, cook it until softened, and then mash it with a bit of garlic, sour cream, salt, and pepper for the quickest of sides for your fast pork chop dinner.