Ham is a delicious main dish for any occasion or holiday. Everyone loves it for Christmas and Easter, and throughout the year it is just as delicious! But you may wonder what to serve with ham, what side dishes are best, and what compliments the delicious flavor? Here are some of my favorite recipes to serve up alongside ham for any meal!
I don’t know about you but ham is always part of the main course for our Christmas dinner and of course we always have an Easter ham, and every year I always pick up a couple of extra hams so that even after our holiday dinner we can enjoy a delicious spiral ham for dinner at any time! I always try to make sure we have leftovers too, I meal let’s face it enjoying your holiday feast the next day is always a treat, and there are so many leftover ham recipes you can make and enjoy it is worth the extra effort to cook a little more than needed!
There are tons of tasty side dishes to choose from when it comes to creating your menu, everything from sweet potato casserole to a light salad, there are so many that make a great addition to your table! The biggest challenge will be narrowing down how many to make!
A great choice to serve with ham is potatoes here are some potato recipes that will compliment your favorite ham beautifully! To me potatoes are often the best part of any meal!
Crispy Garlic Rosemary Potatoes– Elevate your potato side dish! These Crispy Garlic Rosemary Potato Wedges are an incredibly flavorful and perfectly crispy way to fulfill a French fry craving but in a next level way!
Hassleback Waffle Potatoes– These are mini crispy hasselback potatoes in dippable fry form. And these are coated in a super simple homemade garlic parmesan sauce for a delicious side that’s naturally gluten-free.
Gruyere Potatoes Au Gratin– Gruyere potatoes au gratin is a cheesy potato side dish that’s perfect for your next holiday meal. Thin sliced potatoes are baked in a creamy herb sauce with melty gruyere cheese.
Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin– This Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe is made with delicious layers of thinly sliced potatoes smothered in homemade cream sauce, shredded cheese, and is baked until tender, golden, and bubbly. The ultimate comfort food, enjoy these creamy and comforting Au Gratin Potatoes with friends and family at your next holiday or family gathering.
Twice Baked Potatoes– These twice baked potatoes are my favorite way to enjoy potatoes! They are loaded with toppings and flavor, creamy, cheesey and delicious!
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes– One of the easiest side dishes to make are these Instant Pot mashed potatoes, they are creamy and delicious and the Instant Pot does all the work so you can focus on other dishes! This classic recipe uses a ton of butter to make them creamy and delicious!
Mashed Potato Cakes– If you have leftover ham and leftover mashed potatoes these are perfect! Mashed Potato Cakes Recipe: Crispy on the outside, yet cheesy and fluffy on the inside. These go great with anything and are so addictive!
Roasted Red Potatoes– What are roasted red skin potatoes with rosemary? They are a terrific side dish that goes with just about anything and they don’t require any gravy.
Southern Potato Salad– This Southern Potato Salad is the best creamy version made with simple ingredients. Tender potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, sweet relish and a dash of mustard come together perfectly in must-have recipe for any celebration or barbecue.
Colcannon with Red Onion & Bacon– A skinnier version of the traditional Irish dish, with the addition of red onion and a bit of (lean) bacon. These savory flavors go so well with a delicious holiday ham!
Funeral Potatoes– This creamy cheesy potato casserole is topped with a buttery crunchy topping, it is easy to make and everyone loves it!
Another one of the best side dishes with ham is sweet potatoes, they are delicious in sweet or savory dishes, and are a super versatile flavor-
Easy Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Casserole– A classic sweet dish for any sweet potato fan, this is a delicious option if you like a sweet side dish with your ham.
Moroccan Sweet Potato Salad- Bold, flavorful, and just straight-up delicious, this Moroccan sweet potato salad will please everyone. This one of my favorite new salad recipes. The dressing is just unbeatable!
Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Garlic & Parmesan– Roasted sweet potatoes make the perfect side dish for any meal. Add garlic, parmesan and thyme and you’ve got amazing recipe that’s loaded with flavor.
Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes– Smooth and creamy, these easy mashed sweet potatoes are fast and perfect for with dinner. This delicious side is light enough that it makes a great weeknight side, but is also creamy enough to hold a place on any holiday table at Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter. This recipe has just the right amount of sweetness!
Now of course no meal would be complete without some delicious veggies and there are tons that are a great accompaniment to any ham dish-
Roasted Parmasean Green Beans– This delicious recipe for Roasted Parmesan Green Beans uses fresh green beans and makes for a perfect appetizer or side dish at any Easter or Thanksgiving gathering. It’s also simple enough to have anytime, not just on a special occasion!
15 Minute Mustard Green Beans – These 15 Minute Mustard Green Beans are for the mustard lover and great if you want something different for your holiday green beans. They’re super fast to make, free up oven space, and can be made and on the table in no time!
Instant Pot Southern Black Eyed Peas– This recipe for Instant Pot Southern Black Eyed Peas is a quick way to make flavorful black eyed peas with no soaking required! Plus–this recipe is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.
Honey Maple Glazed Carrots– These honey maple-glazed carrots can be made ahead and frozen. Carrots are a vegetable that most kids will eat, especially when sweetened with both honey and maple. Trust me, these are not a hard sell!
Simple Arugula Salad- This simple and peppery salad is the perfect light side dish that is easy and full of flavor! Delicious fresh arugula, and parmesan cheese combine to create a tasty combination!
Corn Casserole– Take simple corn up a notch with this corn casserole! Also known as corn pudding this classic side dish combines sweet corn, cheese and other spices for a hearty and delicious side dish!
Grilled Broccoli- Grilling broccoli makes it absolutely delicious and super simple. This is a great way to prepare a veggie that everyone is sure to love.
Beetroot Salad- This beetroot salad makes fresh addition to your summer menu. Perfect for a BBQ or when you need something light and easy.
Italian Style Green Beans- You will love these sauteed Italian-style green beans with tomatoes and garlic. The easy recipe can be prepared with fresh or frozen vegetables.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Apples & Bacon- While this is such a delicious option for any dinner table, it’s also a great option to bring to a party because everything can be done in advance and heated up prior to serving! Sometimes it’s the simplest ingredients that pack the most punch, and this does not disappoint!
Air Fryer Vegetables– Best air fryer vegetables you will ever make are here! No breading, just seasonings and mixed vegetables cooked to perfection. A healthy side dish fave
Zucchini Fries– This zucchini fries recipe will take you less than half an hour, and will make you want more. They are the perfect healthy addition to any meal!
Roasted Butternut Squash – Roasted butternut squash is the perfect balance of sweet and savory and complements ham beautifully!
Slow Cooker Zesty Baked Beans- These Slow Cooker Zesty Baked Beans will be your go to for Christmas, Easter, and for BBQ season! These make a big batch (probably feed about 10 people as a side). So if it is a smaller gathering, just cut everything in half!
Pan Roasted Brussles Sprouts– These brussles sprouts are crispy and caramalized on the outside and tender on the inside, they are so easy & delicious!
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn- Creamed Corn gets a change up with this slow cooker recipe. The classic side dish is packed with whole kernel corn in delicious buttery creamy sauce you’ll love.
Beet and Carrot Slaw- Beet Carrot Raw Slaw is a beautiful simple salad filled with light tangy flavor, deliciously crunchy texture, and gorgeous presentation.
Asparagus Radish Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing Light and crisp asparagus radish salad with honey-mustard dressing is a quintessence of spring. Blanched asparagus paired with crunchy radishes, creamy avocado, chewy baby spinach, tart chives and creamy honey-mustard dressing for a perfect spring salad that everyone will love!
Braised Red Cabbage- Braised red cabbage is a super easy side dish. this delicious and healthy purple vegetable goes perfectly with all your favorite winter dishes.
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes- Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe is an easy and quick side dish that is savory, filling and full of nutrients. It is a good variation from the classical potatoes mash, and goes well with any meal!
Spicy Roasted Cauliflower- This chilli roasted cauliflower is a delicious and easy side dish made with a whole cauliflower cut into small florets and seasoned with paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic powder along with a tablespoon of hot sauce. Then oven roasted until tender in the middle and crispy on the edges. It is the perfect side dish that can be served almost with everything.
Another amazing side dish that I love any time but especially with ham is macaroni & cheese! There are so many ways to make it, here are a few favorites!-
Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese- If you’re looking for the ultimate Instant Pot mac and cheese recipe, look no further. Made with three types of cheese, this mac and cheese is super creamy with an amazing depth of flavor.
Spicy Cauliflower Mac & Cheese– If you’re wanting to enjoy a low-carb version of your favorite side dish this is for you! this spicy cauliflower Mac and cheese will satisfy veggie and carb lovers alike!
Mac & Cheese-Creamy sauce, sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and panko bread crumbs combine to create delicious classic macaroni and cheese that is always a hit!
Seafood Macaroni & Cheese– This seafood mac and cheese is loaded with lump crab meat, shrimp, gruyere cheese, and cheddar cheese. Super cheesy, creamy, and packed with all the right flavors!
Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese– This mac and cheese is secretly low carb and full of veggies. With its classic creamy cheese sauce, you won’t even know the difference.
Bread and rolls are another must-have with any ham dinner! Whether it is on the side or making a sandwich with your ham you can’t go wrong with freshly baked bread-
3 Ingredient Beer Biscuits – Need a super simple biscuit to have with your dinner? These beer biscuits are so crazy simple and come together in minutes!
One Hour Baguette– In just an hour you can have fresh bread on the table! Get this started while you do the rest of your cooking and serve fresh bread with your dinner!
Garlic Knots– Garlic Knots: Melt in your mouth garlic knots topped with a rich herb butter. This easy side dish is foolproof!
Australian Damper- This Aussie damper is about as iconic as Australian food gets. A quick easy rustic bread that was eaten by settlers camping in the Australian bush.
And last but not least on this list of amazing side dishes for your next ham dinner, there are a few that don’t really fit into any category! But they are definitely worth mentioning!
The Best Pineapple Casserole- A savory and sweet southern casserole. Only 6 ingredients–Pineapple, butter, sugar, eggs, bread, and milk. Perfect for a side dish but could easily be a dessert
How to Make Cauliflower Rice– Have you ever wonder if there’s an easy way to cut cauliflower into florets? My method will simplify the process for you and I will show you step by step how I cut cauliflower into florets. With those beautiful florets, we will then make delicious and healthy cauliflower rice. This is one of the latest trends in food for good reason! It is delicious and healthy!
Classic Macaroni Salad– If you like cold side dishes with your ham this macaroni salad is a great one! Perfect for potlucks or picnics, or any holiday party!
Easy Crunchy Quinoa Cabbage Salad- You’ll love how easy this Healthy Quinoa Cabbage Salad is to make! It’s perfect as a side dish but hearty enough to enjoy as lunch too.
Vanilla Bourbon Cranberry Sauce– Cranberry Sauce isn’t just for turkey! It is delicious with ham and this sauce has such a unique flavor!
These recipes pack so much flavor into your meal, they are perfect for holidays, and even make great potluck dishes! Pin or bookmark this post so that you can come back for holidays, special occasions, or any weeknight dinner!