By Mary Claire Lagroue
July 16, 2019
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Pork everything, please.

Pork is the perfect protein. Bold claim, we know. Hear us out. The unassuming pig gives us such marvels as pork tenderloin, pork chops, pork roast, pork ribs, pulled pork, ham, prosciutto, and BACON. We're not worthy.

Since pork comes in so many forms, choosing the perfect sides for pork depends in large part on the cut you're working with. For those who love a good multitasking recipe, here are 10 super-versatile sides that pair well with a number of pork dishes. The best part? You're not limited to this list.

Sorta-bitter Swiss chard and savory mushrooms would soak up all the juices of pork tenderloin or pork chops.

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Behold, the basic biscuit. Yes, these flaky biscuits would go with bacon or herb-y pork breakfast sausage or pork sausage gravy, but consider serving them with pork and veggies for dinner, too.

Serve this quick dish with apple-glazed pork tenderloin or pork chops in a maple-garlic marinade, or turn it into a hash with sugar-crusted chopped ham.

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"This is so easy, so good, and so versatile! I've used pork chops with and without bones, pork loin, and pork roast. You can sprinkle the brown sugar, salt, and pepper on the different layers or all at the end, as mentioned in the recipe. Play around with the brown sugar and spices to your taste," writes recipe creator ashbeth.

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Fresh rosemary sprigs and garlic help roasted potatoes hold their own next to a hearty marinated pork roast or smothered pork chops.

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This broccoli rabe recipe looks and tastes like it takes more effort than it does. Plate it with breaded pork chops or crispy pork belly.

Top this polenta with crumbled bacon or maple sausage for a breakfast of champions, or serve it with braised short ribs, a creamy pork stew, or stewed tomato pork chops for dinner.

Serving pulled pork or smoky grilled pork chops with peach slaw would be a (welcome) surprise.

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Fresh green beans let butter and garlic do their flavor-enhancing thing. Start with baked ham or marinated pork tenderloin.

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As if choosing just one rice dish to pair with pork isn't difficult enough, choosing a couple of pork dishes to pair with said rice dish kind of hurts. This simple rice pilaf from Chef John has a mild flavor that makes a great base for juicy mains like mushroom pork chops, stovetop barbeque ribs, and roasted pork loin.

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Related: Explore our entire collection of pork recipes.