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What To Serve With Pork And Sauerkraut – 11 Tasty Sides

If you’re wondering what to serve with your pork and sauerkraut, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for pork and sauerkraut.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes for pork and sauerkraut are applesauce, buttery mashed potatoes, bread dumplings, or Waldorf salad. For a vegetable side, try creamy corn casserole, English peas and bacon, or roasted turnips. I also really like garlic butter rolls and Southern baked beans.

Ready? let’s jump right in.

Buttery mashed potatoes

Fluffy mashed potatoes are a classic side for pork and sauerkraut.

The creamy texture will soak up all the juices from the pork, as well as helping to mellow out the strong briny flavor of the sauerkraut. 

Another great thing about mash is how versatile it is.

They’re super tasty with just lots of butter, like in these French mashed potatoes

But you can also stir in some cheese. Or even something like horseradish to add some tang.



Pork and apple go together like strawberries and cream. 

It’s a tried and tested flavor combination, so this list wouldn’t have been complete without apple sauce. 

The sweet puree contrasts perfectly with the saltiness of the pork dish and the sharpness of the sauerkraut. 

And you only need three ingredients to make this apple sauce, so get cooking.

Garlic dinner rolls

With a meaty dish like pork and sauerkraut, carbs are an obvious side dish option.

But carbs don’t have to be flavorless and boring!

These garlic dinner rolls are slathered with a hot garlic-butter glaze just before serving, which makes them oh-so-moreish.

Seriously – cook more than you think you’ll need and then some.

Cheese corn casserole

This cheesy corn casserole is a winning dish for kids and adults alike.

Sweet, crunchy, and creamy all in one casserole – who wouldn’t enjoy it?!

You can also add spicy to the mix with some optional jalapenos (which I highly recommend). 

Serve this next to your pork and sauerkraut for the ultimate comfort meal. And don’t forget a slice of bread to mop up all the sauce.

Waldorf salad


Serve a twist on applesauce and pork by using the apples in a salad instead.

Waldorf salad has a lot of variations, but I like to keep it simple with a classic version

You get lots of crunch from the nuts, some earthy notes from the celery, and a nice sweetness from the grapes.

It will keep your pork and sauerkraut feeling fresh and bright.

German potato salad


Wondering what makes a German potato salad different from the American version? 

The main difference is in the dressing.

Instead of a mayonnaise-based dressing, the German version has a tangy vinegar-based dressing, which is good warm or cold. 

It’s also a lot simpler. The only real ingredients are potatoes and bacon.

Creamy English peas

In a rush?

This summery veggie side dish will be ready in less than 20 minutes, and it still packs a punch in the flavor department. 

The peas will bring freshness and color to your plate, while the creme fraiche adds a tang that works well with the sauerkraut. 

Expect compliments when you serve these creamy English peas with your pork.

Psst… I love creamed spinach too.

Bread dumplings


A great way to use up stale bread is to make it into German bread dumplings (otherwise known as Semmelknoedel).

Imagine it like a deconstructed pork and sauerkraut sandwich.

The soft, fluffy dumplings will soak up any sauce or gravy you pour over the meal, and they’re pretty filling so no one will leave the table hungry. 

And to take things up a notch, try adding some smoky bacon to the mix.

Buttered egg noodles

I’m all about comfort food. 

And the combination of buttery noodles and a warm, saucy pork and sauerkraut dish couldn’t be more comforting.

The butter adds a layer of richness to the dish, and the juicy, zesty sauerkraut will make sure things don’t get too heavy.

Warning: you may need to take a nap after eating this!

The best part about this buttered egg noodles recipe? It takes less than 10 minutes to make.

Roast turnips

Looking for a wintery side?

Try roasted turnips.

You can find this root vegetable raw in salads, but I like to roast it because you get a delicious caramelized flavor to contrast with the turnips’ natural pepperiness. 

Katerina takes her easy roasted turnips to the next level with a spice mix made from paprika, chives, garlic, and parsley.

Southern baked kidney beans

These beans have a thick, glossy sauce that is just crying out for some sauerkraut to come and brighten up its deeply savory flavors.

It takes a while to cook these Southern baked beans, but it’s well worth the wait.

Make sure you save a bit of pork (or some garlic dinner rolls) to mop up the last bit of sauce off the plate.

The best side dishes for pork and sauerkraut

  • Buttery mashed potatoes
  • Applesauce
  • Garlic dinner rolls
  • Cheese corn casserole
  • Waldorf salad
  • German potato salad
  • Creamy English peas
  • Bread dumplings
  • Buttered egg noodles
  • Roast turnips
  • Southern baked kidney beans

What To Serve With Pork And Sauerkraut

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your pork and sauerkraut.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Keyword: pork and sauerkraut side dishes, what to serve with pork and sauerkraut
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 167kcal


  • 1 portion pork and sauerkraut


  • Prepare your pork and sauerkraut according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: buttery mashed potatoes, applesauce, garlic dinner rolls, cheese corn casserole, Waldorf salad, german potato salad, creamy English peas, bread dumplings, buttered egg noodles, roast turnips, and Southern baked kidney beans.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 167kcal

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