We all love pork chops because they are tender and they have a mild flavor. When cooked right, they are unbelievably tasty. You can have them for either lunch or dinner. They can even be better if you look for a delicious side to serve with them.
What Are Pork Chops?
Pork chops are cuts from the loin, the hip to the shoulder, of a domestic pig. They come with tenderloins. There are various types, and some of the most popular ones are shoulder, rib and loin chops. Others include sirloin and boneless chops. They are packed with essential minerals, proteins, and vitamins.
Cooking pork chops is effortless. There is a plethora of pork chop recipes that you can access online. All you need are the cuts, olive oil, pepper, salt, and other ingredients that you would love to add; including spices.
You can fry them at home using your pan. You may also bake or grill them. The steps to follow may differ depending on the method you choose to use.
When you are buying pork chops, I would advise that you to go for the thicker cuts. The lean ones are easy to overcook. You can also select the one with some bones for protection against overcooking.
Bone-in chops are also surrounded by some fat which can make the pork juicier and more delicious. Do not forget to add some brine when preparing your platter of pork chops. It adds flavor to the meat and keeps it moist.
With the chops on your menu, there is no harm in looking for a suitable side to serve with them.
Pork Chops Sides You Should Try Out
Choosing sides for pork chops should be easy as long as you are willing to try new combinations. It is better if the side doesn’t dominate the main dish. Let it serve to balance your meal, add flavor, and make it more enjoyable or satisfying. You still can’t make up your mind yet? Let us help you out! Here are great side dishes that will go well with pork chops.
Easy Lemon-Ginger Spinach
Vegetable side dishes are great for pork chops. Well, this lemon-ginger spinach recipe is exactly what you need. I like it because I can make it within a few minutes. It is also healthy and delicious. Its ingredients are also easy to find. These are baby spinach, ginger, black pepper, fresh lemon juice, and olive oil. Don’t forget to add some salt to taste.
Butternut squash gratin
This side comes with sage, garlic and nutmeg flavors that go perfectly well with pork chops’ mild taste. It also has creamy undertones that you will love. You will require butternut squash, reduced-fat milk, garlic cloves, shallot, parmesan cheese, fresh thyme, and unsalted butter. Gluten-free panko and some salt to taste will also come in handy.
You can also make some delicious applesauce at home to have with your pork chops. You will be done within 15-20 minutes. Get all the necessary ingredients to ensure that it comes out right. There are apples, ground cinnamon, water, lemon juice, and some salt. If you like yours sweet, you can add one or two teaspoons of sugar. A sweetener is also a great alternative.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
These fries are packed with vitamins. Their sweetness is the perfect match for your plate of juicy pork. There are a variety of ways that you can use to make them; hence, you can pick that which you deem easiest.
To ensure that they don’t stick together, use parchment paper that can withstand the high cooking temperature. It also allows them to crisp up well. Then again, you can bake them on a cooking sheet (greased). To make them tastier, get seasonings like black pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder.
Caramelized spicy green beans
These beans are versatile and will go well with almost all dishes; including pork chops. They are a great source of vitamins and fiber that will balance the pork’s protein. If you don’t know the ingredients that you will require, they are tiny green beans, soy sauce, light brown sugar, red pepper, red bell pepper, onion, peanut oil, and some seasoned salt.
This side demands only ten minutes of your time. It is crunchy, and it comes with a variety of flavors that you can enjoy with pork. It uses fresh apples and dried cranberries. Additional ingredients include green onions, chopped walnuts, and 3-color coleslaw mix. To dress it, have some low-fat mayo, honey, plain yogurt and dried, grounded ginger.
Rum baked beans
For this dish to be tastier when you pair it with pork chops, cook the beans days ahead of the dinner or lunch. They will also be easier to make. You will need can cooked beans, navy beans, black beans, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and ram. If you are making them for the first time, I would advise you to read several recipes online. Alternatively, you can look for a friend or relative to help you out.
This recipe is one of my favorites because it is easy. You can either roast or steam the asparagus. You can also sauté or boil it. Then, add cracked black pepper to suit your liking, some fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. If you are roasting the asparagus, make sure that it is tender, and its tips have started browning. Mixing some fresh thyme makes it more appetizing.
Get some small bunches of broccolini and trim them to make this side dish for pork chops. You also need to purchase white miso paste, soy sauce, fresh ginger- peeled and grated, minced garlic and canola oil. If you are a first-timer, do not confuse the broccolini with broccoli. The latter is bitter when compared broccolini which is milder.
With these sides that we have provided for pork chops, you have some options to choose from. Select that which is convenient for you depending on your preferences, cooking time, and the ingredients that you can easily find.