Once your holiday ham plan is locked down, you have the incredibly fun task of choosing which delicious sides to serve. But what goes with ham? Everything. Of course, you’ll want to serve the traditional potatoes, but other dishes can mingle with and play up your ham’s salty, yet sweet, flavor. Whether you’re making hosting or bringing a dish to pass, we have you covered with these 9 ham-friendly side dishes.
Awesome Au Gratin Potatoes
Why do ham and au gratin potatoes go together? Well, if ham were a superhero, then au gratin potatoes would be its trusty sidekick. The cheesy, tender, creamy potatoes can definitely hold their own, but they stand up to ham’s saltiness in a uniquely delicious way. Plus, this recipe is easy to make with ingredients you probably have on hand.
Savory Potato & Onion Gratin
This recipe puts a tasty twist on the traditional au gratin or scalloped potatoes. Filled with savory bacon, creamy Swiss cheese, and sharp onions, and then topped with a crunchy crouton crust, this simple recipe will be a favorite as soon as you take the first bite.
Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole
Who says sweet potatoes are just for Thanksgiving? Ham has met its match with this healthy alternative to traditional spuds. The crumbly pecan topping provides a perfect contrast to creamy sweet potatoes and juicy ham.
Greek Potato & Green Bean Salad
For a quick side salad that’s more than a bag of lettuce, simply add small, steamed potatoes, frozen green bean, a can of chickpeas, and some olives. Now that bag of lettuce is a fresh Greek salad. The best part is that you can make the flavorful herb vinaigrette with staples you probably have in your pantry.
Summer Fruit & Spinach Salad
You know the brutal chill of winter is on its way out when fresh, summery salads start appearing. This light salad is a lovely contrast to heavier dishes like ham and potatoes.
Pan-Roasted Vegetables with Spinach
This simple side dish has it all—potatoes, carrots, onion, and spinach, enhanced by a bit of sweet honey and your favorite seasonings. All the bright colors and fresh produce will add a beautiful pop of color to your table or buffet.
Quick Cooker Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are synonymous with Easter, and a sure sign that spring has (finally) arrived. They’re an absolute staple of springtime gatherings. Make them the traditional way or mix in cheddar cheese and jarred pimiento peppers for an added sweet pepper flavor.
Quick Cooker Red Potato Salad
A classic cold potato salad is another great match up with warm ham. But it’s easy to end up with potatoes that are too soggy or too crunchy when you make them yourself. No wonder so many of us run to the grocery store deli for this side dish. This pressure cooker recipe takes the mystery and babysitting out of perfectly steamed potatoes and only takes about 30 minutes to make.
Potato & Squash Gratin
This flavorful gratin will be an instant guest favorite. For an easy shortcut, simmer the potatoes to get a head-start and shorten the bake time. Plus, the addition of squash and tomato lightens and brightens the recipe which makes it a beautiful addition to your feast.
What’s your favorite side with ham? Do you prefer to stick to traditional sides or experiment with new recipes? Tell us in the comments below.
Wow will have to try these recipes they all look so good !! Sounds like b easy to fix and fast !
What about sides for a spiral ham? I’ve already decided that green peas would go well, but can’t decide between au gratin or scalloped potatoes, unless someone has an even better suggestion?
Ham is ham…sides are sides. What difference does it make if the ham is spiraled? Try the Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole or search for a Baked Pineapple Casserole recipe…yummy! We also prepare Baked Creamed Onions.
I love all these great recipes for Easter! I hope you will try them,one or all??♀️
Pecan sweet potato casserole sounds so good
These sound delicious Katie I will have totry them and hopefully not destroy themwith my cooking skills.
Thank you for sharing all these great recipes. Will be trying them throughout the season.
Going try the potato and squash gratin recipe tonight
These look great! I’m doing a spinach salad with blueberries, bacon, red onions, and a dressing made with dark roasted sesame oil and honey ginger balsamic vinegar, and brussel sprouts, little potatoes, red onions and red peppers roasted in olive oil, seasoned with garlic, black pepper and salt.
Can we have the recipefor that salad, soun delicious.
Try creamed new potatoes and peas um!
They all look delicious ! Will have to try something different . Usually make lasagna ….