You’ve got to admit - ham is definitely one of the tastiest meats out there. Simultaneously juicy and salty and absolutely delicious.
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But, it’s not a meal on its own, and you’re going to have to pair it up with some lip-smacking side dishes. Which is why, in this article, I'm going to show you a whopping 29 different side dishes that can really compliment the taste of your ham dinner, leftover ham, baked ham, or just about any ham recipe.
Let’s get straight to it!
I’ll kick things off with a classic. Mashed potatoes are always a welcome accompaniment to any meat dish, with their contrasting creamy texture. A real people pleaser.
I love this version because it gives the classic mashed potato recipe a real kick thanks to the addition of the hot mustard. But if the kids aren’t into it, you can simply leave the mustard out.
And best of all, it only requires 4 ingredients, all of which are very easy to get hold of.
If you’re cooking for friends and have some time on your hands, then how about this for a side dish with your ham?
It’s a classic French dish made with scalloped potatoes. Choosing the best possible potatoes for the dish can really enhance the flavor. And the same can be said for the cheese you decide to include. I think mature cheddar cheese is best, but feel free to experiment.
And to break the flavors of the side dish up a little, there’s also a little onion thrown in there too for good measure.
What I love about sweet potatoes is that not only do they taste amazing, but they’re also low GI (glycemic index). And this means that it’s not going to cause a spike in your blood sugar levels like regular potatoes can. Perfect if you have to cook for a diabetic.
And these wedges are oven roasted rather than being deep-fried, making them that bit more healthier.
The spice on them comes from the seasoning you put on. So, you can either keep it super mild and just use salt and pepper, or you can shake loads of hot chili powder on top, or you can compromise and go for a sprinkling of mild chili powder. Or switch it out for Cajun seasoning instead.
This is my absolute favorite green bean casserole recipe. It tastes great, and it’s super simple to do, it only requires 4 ingredients.
While some side dishes are often mostly carbs, this side dish incorporates some healthy greens too. And since it’s made with condensed cream of mushroom soup, adding some extra real mushrooms to the dish wouldn’t be out of place.
And then there’s cheddar cheese and French fried onions to give it even more flavor.
Now, if you’re looking for a side dish that’s not only packed with flavor and goodness, but is also low in carbs and is suitable even on a keto diet, then this is the recipe for you.
Asparagus can be quite flavorful on its own. But in this dish, it’s paired with mozzarella cheese, and tongue tingling garlic.
There are only 4 ingredients required, and that includes the olive oil for roasting. And it can be both prepared and cooked in under 15 minutes.
If you have a sweet tooth, you’re gonna just love this particular ham side dish recipe.
This recipe teaches you how to make a simple vegetable taste amazing - thanks to the addition of honey and lemon juices, you get a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess that’s simply to die for.
Moreover, they also pack plenty of fiber and are high in Vitamins A and C. And even with the added honey, they still manage to be quite low in calories too.
Along with your tender slices of ham, you may like to add a side dish with a bit of crunch to it - and this should certainly do the trick.
It’s super quick and easy to prepare, and the topping is really flavorful with contrasting and complimenting textures and flavors. Here, you’ve got salty feta, fresh basil, vibrant tomatoes, and garlic on a toasted baguette. And topped with a drizzle of sweet balsamic glaze makes it something really special!
If you’re a fan of sweet foods, why not double up on the sweetness, and have a sweet side dish like this alongside your sweet ham?
It can be made in just three simple steps, and the results are to die for, the cornbread comes out really soft, sweet and moist. The trick to getting the best possible results is to get all of the lumps out before it goes in the oven.
If, like me, you’re a big fan of good old mac and cheese dishes, then you’re going to love this!
It’s a lot like a traditional mac and cheese, but with some important and delicious additions. Instead of macaroni, it uses fusilli pasta, along with three different kinds of cheese, cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Parmesan. And for extra flavor, there’s also a small chopped onion and a clove of garlic.
But what really makes it is the crunch, which is thanks to the buttery crumb topping. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your main ham dish.
If you love Morton’s Steakhouse dishes, I think you’re going to love this. This copy is spot on!
It’s so creamy and cheesy, it makes a perfect compliment to your ham dish. I just love how garlicky it is, too, with 3 whole cloves in there. And the addition of freshly grated nutmeg really takes it to another level!
And it’s a great way to use up any leftover spinach, too.
Now, this Southern style dish is classic comfort food that pairs amazingly well with slices of glazed ham.
It’s slightly crispy on the outside, but light and fluffy on the inside. And it’s both creamy and sweet, like custard. Even picky eaters will enjoy it.
And, if you scroll down on the recipe’s webpage, you’ll find some great variations you can try out, you can add some Tex-Mex flair with some green chili, you can skip the sugar to make it more savory, or you can make it smokey by topping it with smokey bacon bits.
And if you make a big batch and don’t use it all in one sitting, it freezes really well.
Deviled eggs are a simple and easy dish to make alongside your joint of glazed ham.
But what makes it so special is how you can tweak the recipe according to the tastes of your dinner guests. You can make it with anything from mayonnaise, to mustard, to paprika. A great way to spice the meal up a little.
Now, this Southern style potato salad is really something. It makes for a nice, creamy accompaniment to your ham dish, but also happens to be a little zesty at the same time.
It uses good, hearty potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, celery and onion, spiked with some mustard, salt and vinegar. You could even add a little pickle relish too, if you were so inclined.
Admittedly, it does take some time to make, because after the potatoes and everything else have been cooked together, it will need some time in the refrigerator, because it’s designed to be served cold. But believe me, it’s worth the wait.
Now, if you’re a fan of Hawaian Pizza, you’re going to love the combination of this pineapple based side dish alongside your cooked glazed ham!
The stuffing is basically a cross between a bread dressing (like you’d have with your Thanksgiving turkey) and a bread pudding. And it’s gorgeous - crisp and chewy on the outside, and fluffy and moist on the inside…
It’s simultaneously buttery, sweet, fruity and tangy. And better yet, you only need to source 5 ingredients for it, all easy to get hold of in your local grocery store.
You can make it ahead if you like too. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Rice dishes like this one also go really great as a side dish with your joint of glazed ham.
Whereas more often than not, rice is generally served with a side of spicy curry, this particular rice dish is so flavorful that those who’ve tried it like to eat it on its own.
You simply prepare some white rice on the stove with plenty of chicken broth, butter and garlic, and sliced scallions. And that’s what gives it so much flavor.
Goat cheese is seductively rich and creamy. And the taste is a fantastic contrast against the salt and juice of your ham dish.
It’s a French-inspired dish with a nice, flaky, buttery crust. And you can make it with sweet caramelized red onions, and fresh thyme, to really break up the flavor and make the tang of the goats cheese really stand out.
What better way to add some healthy vegetables to your meal, than by roasting them together Mediterranean style. You get an interesting mix of flavors, and plenty of vitamins and minerals to boot.
And it’s super simple to make. You simply chop up all the vegetables, oil them and season them, then stick them in the oven for a good 30 minutes.
What really makes it for me is the squeeze of lemon juice to serve!
Sure, you can buy ready-made garlic bread as a nice side alongside your joint of glazed ham. But, if you decide to make your own, you can tweak the recipe according to your dinner guests’ tastes.
You can add your favorite cheeses, and you can add any manner of herbs that appeals to you. Or a generic Italian seasoning can work really well.
It’s really simple and quick to make, too.
Sometimes the simplest ingredients are the best. This recipe combines beautiful cherry tomatoes, in combination with mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and some salad leaves for garnish, all drizzled with garlic-infused olive oil. Delicious!
It will take a little longer to prepare than a regular salad because the mozzarella is marinated - but I promise you it’s absolutely going to be worth it.
Looking for a healthy side dish for your ham? How about some braised red cabbage? It’s really nutritious and filling, and surprisingly low in carbs.
This easy red cabbage recipe is a snap to put together because it requires so few ingredients and so little real prep. This recipe also uses apples and onions, so you get a really good mix of flavors in there to tantalize your taste buds! And the cloves and cider vinegar make a nice touch, too.
Zucchini and Parmesan cheese - a match made in heaven. Simultaneously crisp and tender, this side dish has all the taste and texture to be the perfect accompaniment to your ham dish.
And, moreover, it’s definitely one of the healthiest and most nutritious vegetable side dishes out there, too.
How you season it is down to you, but I like it exactly how the recipe sets out, with equal amounts of thyme, oregano and basil, and a good pinch of garlic powder.
There are so many stuffed pepper recipes out there that call for minced meat, but you don’t really want extra meat in your meal when you already have a great tasting ham laid out. That’s why I think a vegetarian style stuffed pepper recipe would make a great accompaniment to your ham dish.
The main filling ingredient is rice, but there’s also some fresh veggies in there and some beans in there for added fiber, and it gets topped off with melted cheese (optional but highly recommended).
It does take some time to prep and cook, but I promise you, it’s totally worth it!
Looking for a restaurant level side dish next to your slices of glazed ham? Check this recipe out!
All the ingredients are super easy to get hold of in your local grocery store, and it turns out super creamy. Plus it’s got LOADS of garlic in there too. Definitely not one to be missed!
And even though it’s got cream cheese in it, which is notoriously high in fat, it only works out at 88 calories per serving, so you can enjoy it guilt-free!
If you do like mushrooms, but not the kind to make stuffed mushrooms with, here’s a great alternative for you. And again, it makes for a great accompaniment to a ham dish.
And better yet, it’s hands-down one of the easiest side dishes you can ever make. With all that butter, heavy cream, garlic and Italian herbs, it’s simply to die for.
And it looks amazing topped off with a little fresh parsley to serve. Enjoy!
What could go better with your ham dish than a side of freshly made coleslaw. This coleslaw turns out super crispy and crunchy, with its various cabbage and carrot strips, not to mention the onions.
But you can also make it creamy if you want to, as well, by adding some mayonnaise as a dressing.
Other dressing ideas you can use include Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, or celery seeds.
Mashed butternut squash is velvety smooth and pretty good for you to boot. And where most mashed butternut squash recipes use milk or cream, this recipe gets blended with a little butter instead, and that makes all the difference. It’s super buttery and moreish. And sweet too.
Sure, the butternut squash can take a little effort to prepare, with the cutting and peeling and such, but I promise you, you won’t be sorry.
There are different ways you can garnish it at the end. This recipe suggests cayenne pepper, but if you prefer you could just use some parsley, or some nice seeds.
If you like potatoes au gratin, you will also definitely like cauliflower au gratin. It’s a super creamy side dish that would make an excellent accompaniment to your ham dish.
You use 1 large head of cauliflower, and then make your very own cheese sauce to go over it, using some delicious shredded Gruyère, and two whole cloves of garlic. You also get to add some freshly grated Parmesan to finish.
Sure, brussels sprouts may not be to everyone's tastes, but that’s just because of how strong a flavor they can add to a dish. So if you love them, why not convert them into a lip-smacking side dish to go with your glazed ham?
The original recipe calls for smoked bacon bits, but can skip this ingredient seeing as you already have some nice ham going on there. Besides, you get plenty of flavor from the mix of Gruyère and cheddar cheese.
What I love about this recipe, besides the taste of course, is just how easy the couscous is to make. Simply bring some dry couscous to boil, turn off the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
And to finish, simply drizzle with some olive oil and a good squeeze of lemon, and add some fresh parsley to serve.
We started with a classic, and we’ll end on a classic. Unlike their cousins, the fruit scone, cheese scones are deliciously savory. And they’re made from easy to get hold ingredients.
They’re usually made to accompany soups, but let’s be honest, they go just great with ham dishes too. It does take time to cook, we admit, but you’ll soon see that they’re worth it.
And you have the option to make them ahead of time and simply defrost them when you are ready to use them.
That’s all for now - Bon appétit!