Call it Bierocks or runza, this yeast roll filled with ground meat, onion, and cabbage, is loved by all. Such a heavy filling makes it one of the most preferable options for casual dinner with friends and family.
But serving them without any side dishes is not advisable, especially when you have guests. If you are confused about the side dishes, the following article is specifically compiled for you.
We have explained the 12 best, carefully-selected side dishes to serve with bierocks that can help bring the limelight to your cooking. And don’t worry; all the following options have a simple recipe to make it easier for you.
12 Best Side Dishes To Serve With Bierocks
1. German potato salad
This is a classic side dish for any kind of meat sandwich, and it’s a no-brainer for bierocks. The creamy dressing and tangy pickles complement the savory filling of the roll. It’s easy to make ahead and take it with you on the go!
You don’t have to be a German to love this German potato salad.
Bierocks can sometimes be heavy and filling, so it is helpful to balance them out with something lighter, such as potato salad. Thick sliced potatoes tossed with various flavors of mustard vinaigrette, onions, herbs, and bacon. If you want a break from that usual mayonnaise salad, you should go for this one.
Serve it warm alongside hot bierocks for a filling meal on a winter day. Or pack it in your picnic basket for a filling lunch in the park in the summer.
2. French fries
Do you know what your kids would love with bierocks? A handful of fries! Standard, waffle, thick-cut, Belgian, curly, steak, shoestring, crinkle-cut, sweet potato, cottage, sidewinding, tornado, wedge, smiley face, etc., are examples of the different types of french fries available in the world.
Bierocks allows you to choose which one you want.
As the bierocks are on the heavy side, pair them with lighter french fries if you don’t wish to get your tummy full. Usually, I would like to have the French fries when I am mood to grab a quick bite.
3. Basic yogurt sauce
If you are someone who loves to experiment with their food and won’t mind going a little off from their typical taste, this basic yogurt sauce is for you. Serve it, garnish it, or use it as a creamy dressing; the choice is yours.
This plain yogurt includes mint leaves, lime juice, garlic cloves, extra virgin olive oil, and salt to taste, basically a package of bitter punch with your bierocks. You can also make Persian cucumber yogurt.
How to prepare a cucumber yogurt?
- 1/2 cup minced, peeled cucumber
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill.
Take a bowl, add yogurt, add peeled cucumber, finely chopped cilantro, and then chopped dill. Season it with salt and pepper, keep it in the fridge for at least one hour so that the flavor blends nicely, and you are good to go.
Those crunchy bread crumbs hit differently when they are wrapped around meat ragout. It is served as a side dish, fast food, or snack if you are in the mood of having something crispy and crunchy from the outer part and smooth from the inside with chunks of meat.
If you dig deeper to know what korketten stands for, “little round balls,” and everyone’s attracted to it despite the age factor. So if you want a perfect mealtime, pair kroketten as a side dish with bierocks.
5. Crispy onion rings
Sometimes the human taste bud craves crispy things to pair with bread recipes. Though this recipe is top-rated among kids, even adults will fall for it when paired with bierocks.
They’ve got that crispy texture and flavor that will contrast with the doughy softness of the bierock. And everyone knows onions go best with meat.
Making crispy onion rings is a process but worth it; you can use various dips like mayonnaise, mustard, or ketchup.
6. Peas and carrots
It’s a classic combination, but it’s famous for a reason: both peas and carrots are delicious on their own.
Peas and carrots are great for adding color to your plate and nutrition. They’re low in fat and cholesterol-free, but they don’t taste boring! Peas have a sweet flavor that works well with carrots.
Peas and carrots might sound like a simple side dish, but they can do wonders! For every 100 grams, carrots have 41 calories, and peas have 81 calories, which means if you are on a diet, there’s no healthier or tastier side dish than this one.
The sweetness of carrots, crunchy cool peas, and warm softness of the bierock all elevate one another in flavor and texture to create a symphony on your plate. It’s an easy way to add some variety to your menu at home or in your restaurant, and it doesn’t require any special skills or equipment.
Just toss them in salted butter with your favorite seasoning, and they are good to go! You can also toss them in olive oil or any other choice.
7. Bratkartoffeln (Fried potatoes)
The bratkartoffeln is a trendy German side dish, and you will find it almost on each and every menu of German restaurants.
Bratkartoffeln is a great side dish for bierocks. It pairs well with the beef of the bierock. Suppose you want to make it, dice potatoes, and fry them up in butter. Add onion if you like it.
Apart from being a trendy German side dish, it has all the qualities to go well with bierocks. The dish can also be served as an accompaniment to sausages, such as bauernwurst.
8. Corn on the cob with garlic butter
Do you wish to pair something wet with dry bierocks? Consider the corn on the cob with garlic butter. It never goes wrong; plus, if added with garlic butter, the taste will exploit in your mouth.
With every bite, sweet and juicy corns will burst in your mouth; the perfect side dish doesn’t settle for anything less.
All you got to do is take a pan, boil the corn in a cup-size amount of milk, add butter and top it with some garlic. The smell you will encounter while cooking is something so irresistible that you would love to try it as soon as possible.
This side dish is my favorite with bierocks, as it fulfills my craving for a creamy and savory taste.
9. German potato soup
Are you someone desperately looking to add some different texture and a bit of color to their table while having bierocks? Say no more, and German potato soup got you covered!
Day or night, winter or summer, this soup is to die for! Don’t think that it won’t be enough to make you complete; this is on the heavier side due to the potatoes with garlic, celery, and carrots.
You can skip the dip entirely and simply dip your doughy pastry pocket into the creamy soup.
Did you know you can just brag about how weisswurst is natural with no added preservatives? Weisswurst is for you if you want to go for a milder flavor. This is very different from our commonly served Bratwurst as it’s made up of veal and pork.
Yes, you heard it right! These sausages are heated in water for like 10 minutes, and that’s responsible for their greyish-white color. Also, it contains no amount of nitrate, which makes it white.
These are to be eaten without their skin, and a bowl of hot water always accompanies them on the table to remain hot.
Both the bierock and weisswurst contain beef, so they gel along so well.
11. Braised Green Beans
Hey, healthy audience, once again, a side dish of your wish! Braised green beans are a healthy, easy, and yummy side dish to your bierocks!
Do you love the flavors of garlic, salt, and pepper? Here these beans are dipped into these fantastic flavors?
This pairs well with the meaty filling inside a bierock.
Pretzels are an excellent pairing for bierocks because they offer different flavors that complement each other without being too much of one thing or another.
This means no overpowering garlic flavors from either side and plenty of saltiness to keep things interesting (and delicious).
A pretzel’s taste is similar to crackers, and its texture is crisp and brittle with a brown glossy surface. The malt syrup and the baking soda bath both are responsible for their unique flavor and taste.
Dip your bierocks in this sauce for the best results!
1. Mustard sauce
If you want to have a spicy, crisp, tart, and tangy flavor with your salty and sour food that’s bierock, mustard dips are the best.
2. Au jus
The au jus is a French dip that’s rich, beefy, and pleasantly salty. This sauce is made from dripping chicken, beef, or pork.
3. Reuben sauce
Usually, creamy textures have a pretty sweet taste, but this one has a very spicy touch.
How do you eat bierocks?
Once you have baked the bierocks till they achieve a beautiful brown hue, place them on a plate and serve it with spicy dips or any other side dish.
Can you freeze bierocks?
Once the bierocks have cooled down, you can place them in a ziplock bag and place them in the freezer. If you do not have a ziplock bag, plastic wrap or foil will also work. This will last for a good 6 months. You can easily reheat it by placing it in the oven for 18-20 minutes.
There are a lot of side dishes that can rock with bierocks! And we have selected the best ones for you; we hope that you like them, do let us know in the comment section which one you choose to pair up with these delicious stuffed pastries!
Milburn Adler is a food enthusiast and connoisseur of wine. His area of expertise is food fusions and gourmet foods. He lives to experiment with new recipes every day and spends most of his day looking for fresh and exotic fruits and vegetables.