30 Side Dishes That Go Perfectly With Ham
When it comes to making ham part of your dinner spread, you really can't go wrong. BUT, these perfectly-paired side dishes will help you take it up another notch or two. These sides can round out your dinner menu and make sure that your celebratory ham is balanced by incredible veggies, potatoes, homemade breads, and more. Check out our 30 recipes for side dishes that go with ham, and you’re sure to be inspired to make a killer Sunday meal.
We love a creamy side dish to help cut the salty, slight sweetness of ham. The creamiest of them all? Potatoes, of course! We love classic mashed or scalloped potatoes, but have also included some novel takes on the humble spud, like our roasted fingerling potatoes (the secret to their superb crispness is cornstarch) or our garlic smashed potatoes. If you really want to wow at the dinner table, try out a new technique for serving potatoes, like in our fondant potatoes (they truly are melt in your mouth) or our garlic butter potatoes (hasselbacking them allows the garlic, butter and herbs to really soak in there). Another creamy option? Mac & cheese. We’ve included two of our favorite recipes here— a Southern-style that’s got an eggy custard component you’ll love, and a butternut squash option that hides extra veggies among its cheesy goodness.
Speaking of veggies, we’ve got those too! Everything from basic sautés and roasts, like our sugar snap peas or sheet pan sweet potato hash, to more elaborate vegetable sides, like our beer-braised cabbage or Moroccan carrot salad. Whichever you go with, they’re all delicious enough to stand alone and go well with a bite of ham.
Lastly, we also know how lovely it is to pair the perfect cut of spiral ham with a pillowy, crusty roll, so we’ve included a few of our favorite carby sides too. Check out our Southern-style cornbread, our fluffy potato rolls (make them with extra baked or mashed potatoes!), or our cheesy garlic butter rolls.
When it comes to making ham part of your holiday spread, you really can't go wrong. BUT, these perfectly-paired side dishes will help you take it up another notch or two.