One of the biggest problems with cooking meals like ribs and sausage is figuring out the five best side dishes to serve with pork. Are you always ready and eager to cook a brilliant looking entree, but see your mind go blank when it comes to choosing side dishes. This handy list of five side dishes to serve with pork will help you avoid that perilous situation. There's nothing scarier than a hungry family that looks like they're about to go cannibal on you.
Vegetable medley. This is hardly the most original of side dishes, but it adds nutrition, color and a serving of vegetables to your plate. This also works well with almost every other protein dish. The advantage to this side dish is that prep work can be done in advance, or if you're lucky there is little to no preparation work. If you completely forget about a side until the last minute, look for steam in the bag vegetable medleys in the freezer section. All you do with those is throw them in the microwave and let them go.
- Sauerkraut. You just can't go wrong with some great sauerkraut alongside your pork. Run down to the nearest farmer's market to pick up some homemade kraut. Otherwise the grocery store brand is still better than no side at all.
- Coleslaw. Coleslaw is a simple side that goes perfect with pork loin medallions, pork sandwiches, and BBQ pork. Coleslaw is simply shredded cabbage, carrots, onions, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and seasonings. There are countless different recipes for it, so experimentation usually yields the best results. In a pinch, most grocery store delis and farmer's markets have plenty of prepared coleslaw to choose from.
- Applesauce. Applesauce is a traditional side with many pork dishes, with a sweet and tart flavor that pairs beautifully with the rich and salty flavor of the pork. Buy it from the store or make it yourself, this is always a winner with pork.
- Macaroni and cheese. Not stovetop macaroni and cheese, but the homemade variety. This is the type of side that you can usually talk the family into preparing ahead of time and bringing it over, but if you're stuck making it yourself it is fast prep wise. It's just the baking time that takes awhile.
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