If you’re wondering what to serve with ham, you’ve come to the right place!
This collection of great Side Dishes for Ham includes includes all the favorites you grew up on, plus some great new ideas for you to try.
Whether you’re cooking a whole ham for the holidays, or just searing up a ham steak for a quick weeknight dinner, there are plenty of ham side dishe options here.
Go through all of these great ham side dishes, and find that perfect paring!
The Best Side Dishes for Ham:
1. Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel
Starting off our list, we have this sweet potato casserole with pecan streusel.
Creamy sweet potatoes are already good, but adding crunchy, buttery, sweet, and salty pecans helps to diversify the flavors.
2. Green Beans Almondine
Green Beans Almondine!! Doesn’t it sound fancy?
Vibrant French style green beans tossed with brown butter, toasty almonds (that’s where almondine comes from), shallots, garlic and a squeeze of lemon to brighten it in the end.
3. Creamed Corn
After you try this easy Creamed Corn recipe, you will never, ever go back to canned. Made with fresh corn (though you can use frozen), it’s so creamy and full of flavor.
This side dish is addictively good. It will make a great addition to your Thanksgiving and Christmas spreads, but is a must in summer when that sweet corn is in season…
4. Southern Squash Casserole
This classic yellow Squash Casserole is a great side dish for your ham.
Mildly flavored sweet squash folded into a creamy, cheesy sauce and topped with buttery cracker topping… YUM!
5. Lazy Sweet Potato Mash
This recipe is so easy to make, we call it lazy. Sometimes, it’s okay to be lazy, and if you need all the time you can get, then this one’s for you.
The sweet potato is simply cooked in the microwave and mashed up, to make a dish that’s easy and delicious.
6. Butternut Squash Blossom
This gorgeous Butternut Squash Blossom will be the new star on your holiday spread or at your next get together.
Not only will it be the prettiest dish on the table, the flavors are absolutely amazing (psst, it has bacon!).
7. Creamed Peas with Pearl Onions
This is a simple, super easy, speedy side dish… A classic from your grandma’s generation.
Sweet peas slathered in creamy white sauce, sprinkled with pearl onions. This is a great side for ham.
8. Cherry Tomato Gratin
This Cherry Tomato gratin is the newest star on your spread. It’s the perfect combination of easy, tasty and pretty.
You’ll want to gobble it up before the guests arrive!
9. Chili Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
These chili maple glazed sweet potatoes with pecans have a nice kick due to being topped with a marvelous maple-chili glaze.
The maple syrup adds sweetness, and the chili adds spiciness to make for a great sweet and spicy combo.
10. Green Rice Casserole
Green rice casserole is a great addition to your holiday spread. Creamy, cheesy goodness with spinach and peppers, this might become a new tradition!
Sufferin’ succotash! This classic American side dish goes back centuries.
The main ingredients are corn kernels and lima beans, but regional variations include other vegetables and meats such as bacon or corned beef.
12. Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Creamy, buttery, fluffy mash! Everybody’s favorite side dish. This time we are ramping up the flavor with goat cheese.
Your holiday spread has never been so tasty!
13. Fruity Nutty Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Who knew Brussels Sprouts could be THIS good. Well, ok… we added bacon, candied pecans, craisins, apples, onions and goat cheese. Your new holiday go-to!
14. Wedge Salad
How about this classic wedge salad. Fresh, crispy and delicious. This goes great alongside ham.
15. Balela Salad
Let me present you Balela deliciousness!! So colorful, so easy, so refreshing… This hearty colorful salad is bursting with flavors and textures.
16. Corn Casserole
This easy 5 ingredient Corn Casserole is a great southern style side dish, and takes next to no effort. Seriously, just mix up the ingredients, then stick it in the oven.
17. Easy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
These easy baked sweet potato fries are a great way to bring the joy that comes with sweet potato fries to your own home.
If you need a finger-food side, definitely give these fries a try!
18. Maque Choux
Give your corn a Louisiana style makeover with this Cajun Maque Choux! Corn is sautéed in bacon grease with Cajun or Creole seasoning, along with other flavor enhancers.
This recipe is perfect side dish for your holiday ham if you want to jazz up the flavors.
19. Thanksgiving Kale Salad
Take a look at our Thanksgiving kale salad. The wide array of flavors combine for a salad that tastes as beautiful as it looks.
You’ll be coming back to this one year round!
20. Macaroni Salad
Macaroni Salad is another one of the staple sides for fried fish.
This version is extra creamy and extra tangy. Make a big batch, and enjoy the leftovers for days!
21. Creole Mustard
We all love having something to dip out ham in. Some go sweet with apple sauce, some go tart and savory with mustard.
This Creole mustard has a bit of extra zing and goes great with ham.
22. Roasted Brown Butter Honey Garlic Carrots
These perfectly roasted carrots are very easy to make, and are caramelized to perfection. Serve this delicious side dish to any of your favorite protein mains.
23. Lemon Garlic Asparagus
These addictive lemon garlic asparagus taste amazing, and take only about 10 minutes to make!
They’re crispy on the outside, and full of tender lemon and garlic flavors. So good.
24. Potatoes au Gratin (Dauphinoise)
THIS is the crème de la crème of all potato recipes!!
Also known as Dauphinoise Potatoes, this French classic is made with layers upon layers of finely sliced potatoes, cream, butter and cheese with a hint of fresh thyme.
25. Southern Collard Greens
These Southern collard greens are amazing. They’re loaded with bacon and plenty of other flavor enhancers.
This is one of our favorite sides for ham!
26. Maple Cinnamon Sautéed Apples
Ham and apple is such a great flavor combination. These sautéed apples are perfectly seasoned with butter, maple syrup and cinnamon and taste divine.
27. Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried Shallots
This green bean casserole with crispy fried shallots will make for an amazing dinner or holiday side.
It’s a simple dish, an easy-to-make casserole, and it’s made entirely from scratch.
28. Zucchini Carrot Salad
Quick, easy, tasty and nutritious. This spiralized zucchini carrot salad will add a whole new dimension to your salad repertoire.
29. Classic Dinner Rolls
These homemade Dinner Rolls are fluffy, soft and buttery. They require very little effort, and go great with any meal!
This will become one of your favorite go to recipes.
30. Mac and Cheese
This mac and cheese is super rich and cheesy. Everyone needs a great mac and cheese recipe in their repertoire, and this is it!
You’re going to love the creamy cheesiness alongside your ham.
So there you go, thirty great side dishes for ham. Which ones will make it onto your spread?
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- 6 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tbsp butter
- Salt to taste
- Pierce sweet potato skins with a fork numerous times.
- Microwave sweet potatoes on high 2 minutes. Rotate. Repeat until sweet potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes total.
- Scoop insides on sweet potatoes into large saucepan. Add milk and butter. Mash until smooth.
- Add salt to taste.
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