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Ham is one of my favorite things to serve as a main dish. I’ll either cook my ham in the slow-cooker or bake it in the oven. I love that it’s easy to make and provides the perfect savory foundation to build the rest of your dinner around.
In my opinion, a large part of the pleasure of serving ham is enjoying the side dishes that play well with its rich flavor. Plus, leftover ham can be reinvented into several other meals throughout the week or frozen until further notice. We love versatility.
First, Make and Glaze Your Ham
Anytime I’m serving ham for dinner, a side of scalloped potatoes or a creamy potato gratin is always a must. It’s a crowd-pleaser that serves enough to feed to whole table. Alternatively, a simple batch of garlicky roasted potatoes always comes through when you need something in a hurry.
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You want starchy potatoes for this dish — it’s that starch that helps the cream thicken up into a velvety sauce during cooking. Go for Russet potatoes or Yukon Golds. Go to Recipe
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Hot Honey Butter Smashed Potatoes
Boiled potatoes are tossed in a mixture of melted butter, honey, hot sauce, and red pepper flakes, then smashed, roasted until crispy, and brushed with more butter before serving. Go to Recipe
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Greek Lemon Potatoes
These potatoes boast browned crispy edges and insides so moist they'll melt in your mouth. One surprising ingredient makes them the best you'll ever have. Go to Recipe
Serving a big salad is an easy way to add freshness to the dinner table, whether it’s a simple green salad or a colorful grain salad.
Other Vegetables Sides
Cooked veggies, like sautéed green beans and roasted carrots, are always welcomed next to a ham dinner.
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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
These perfect Brussels sprouts have a little bit of char and are perfectly crisp-tender: cooked all the way through with a little crunch remaining.Go to Recipe
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Creamy Spinach Bake Go to Recipe
This spinach bake is a cross between creamed spinach and a spinach soufflé, and in our opinion it’s the best of both worlds.
Rolls and Biscuits
I’m a firm believer that no ham dinner is complete with rolls or biscuits. In fact, make a double batch so you can use the extras for post-dinner ham sandwiches.