This article was updated on 28/07/2023 for clarity and to improve text readability.
If you’re wondering what to serve with your neck bones, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 30 of the most popular side dishes for neck bones
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes for neckbones include mac and cheese, collard greens, and cornbread. Beans are also a popular side, with options like red beans and rice or southern-style black-eyed peas to pick from. For something a little different, try sauerkraut.
Ready? Let’s jump in.
Pairing neck bones with a starchy side dish will give you the ultimate comfort meal! I love a creamy mash that’ll soak up every bit of that delicious sauce, but a slice of cornbread sounds heavenly too.
Or go with a rice dish if you want something slightly lighter.
Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is the epitome of comfort food, so it’s a no-brainer side dish for tender neck bones. It’s going to be a rich meal that may add an inch or two to the waistline, but it’s so worth it.
Just make sure you don’t have any plans for afterwards — I guarantee you’ll be needing a nap!
There’s a plethora of mac and cheese recipes, but I always come back to this one-pot wonder by Don’t Go Bacon My Heart. It’s quick, easy, and creates less mess in the kitchen.
Next to neck bones, buttermilk biscuits are a filling, understated side dish that will make sure no one leaves the table hungry.
The texture of the biscuits works well with saucy neckbones because they become a sponge that soaks up all the flavors. Yum!
Just make sure you use cold butter when making these biscuits. I made a mistake of using softened butter once, and it was a disaster. The biscuits didn’t rise and they were very dense.
This southern classic is a great partner for neck bones. The creaminess of the mayo dressing is an excellent contrast to the savory goodness of neck bones.
Aside from the usual ingredients, Brandie’s secret addition to this mayo dressing is chicken stock. It sounds odd, but this brings an extra layer of flavor that makes this salad irresistible.
Pro-tip: If your salad feels too dry, add a splash of chicken stock and some mayo to restore its creamy goodness.
Not a fan of flaky biscuits? Try classic cornbread instead!
It’s got a soft, moist crumb that soaks up all the delicious juices from your neckbones, meaning not a single drop is wasted.
Want to add an extra touch to this recipe? Don’t worry, it’s easy to jazz up! I like tossing in a couple of pickled jalapeno slices in the batter and shredded cheddar cheese for a classic combo.
Or you can try adding a cup of whole corn kernels for extra flavor and texture.
Beans and rice
This version of red beans and rice is a cheap dish that will bulk out neck bones without being boring.
Karen from The Food Charlatan uses Cajun seasoning to jazz the classic side dish. It may sound simple, but this spice blend brings a bold and spicy kick that’ll make your taste buds buzz.
Tip: you can freeze any leftovers, but I highly doubt you’ll have some with how tasty this dish is.
Neck bones are already loaded with protein, so you only need a nutrient-loaded veggie side to complete the meal.
Go full Southern with a bowl of classic collard greens or keep it quick and simple with steamed green beans or broccoli florets.
Southern style green beans
These Southern-style green beans are anything but boring.
They’re cooked low and slow in bacon, chicken broth, and aromatics, giving you the most tender, flavorful green beans you’ll ever have. Nikki adds a dash of red pepper to give these green beans a bit of a kick, but you can always omit it if you’re not a fan of spicy food.
Pair these delicious green beans alongside your neck bones and a slice of cornbread, and you’ve got the ultimate comfort meal.
Collard greens are a meaty, fiber-filled veg that pair really well with neck bones.
They have a distinct hint of bitterness that helps cut the fattiness of neck bones. Plus, they’re packed with nutrients such as calcium, iron, and pretty much any vitamin you can think of.
Jenne from sweet potato soul uses smoked paprika in her collard greens instead of the traditional bacon to keep this side dish lighter.
Pssst… no collard greens? You can also use mustard or turnip greens. Swiss chard is a great option too!
Southern black-eyed peas
Neck bones are soul food, so you can’t go wrong with serving them alongside a cozy Southern side dish. And one of my favorites is Southern black-eyed peas.
Aside from the black-eyed peas, the most important ingredient is using smoked meat. Karen uses ham hocks, although I sticked with bacon because it’s what I had on hand.
But it still worked wonders — this smokiness of the bacon gave this simple side a robust flavor that could easily stand up to the decadence of neck bones.
You’re probably used to eating sauerkraut on hot dogs, but it goes superbly alongside neck bones too.
Its intensely salty-sour flavor is just what you need to cut through the richness of your neck bones.
You can pop open a can, heat it up, and enjoy it as is, but Where is My Spoon’s version goes the extra mile and cooks it with spices and potatoes. You’ll still get that salty-sour kick, but it’s much more filling and delicious.
Sweetcorn has to be up there with one of my favorite vegetables. It’s tasty on its own with just a bit of butter, but this creamed corn recipe takes it to another level.
Chungah uses cream cheese to create a luscious sauce that also complements the rich meatiness of your neck bones. It’s absolutely decadent, but there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself, right?
It’s also super easy to customize. You can add in cayenne pepper to up the spice level, or parmesan to give it a salty edge.
What To Serve With Neck Bones – 30 Side Dishes
- 1 portion mac and cheese
- 1 portion collard greens
- 1 portion buttermilk biscuits
- 1 portion beans and rice
- 1 portion sauerkraut
- 1 portion Southern-style green beans … and more
- Prepare your neck bones according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside them.
- Sides include: mac and Cheese, southern style green beans, collard greens, potato salad, cornbread, southern black eyed peas, sauerkraut, creamed corn, and beans and rice.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.