15 Sides to Serve with Perfectly Cooked Pork Chops

15 Sides to Serve with Perfectly Cooked Pork Chops

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.

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1. Smoky, Lemony Shredded Brussels Sprouts

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.

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2. Roasted Butternut Squash Puree with Goat Cheese

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.

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3. Creamy Spinach Bake

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.

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4. Couscous & Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes

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.

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5. How To Roast Any Vegetable

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.

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6. Roasted Cabbage with Mustard Vinaigrette

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.

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7. Butternut Squash with Sriracha and Coconut

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.

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8. How To Make Hasselback Potatoes

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.

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9. Blistered Tomatoes and Capers

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.

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10. Cheesy Corn with Chili

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.

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11. How To Bake Eggplant Fries

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.

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12. How To Make Scalloped Potatoes

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.

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13. How To Roast Broccoli

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.

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14. Parsnip, Mushroom & Leek Gratin

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.

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15. Garlic & Sour Cream Mashed Cauliflower

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.

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