We get asked a lot, what goes well with ham? Easter Ham Side Dishes! Easter is fast approaching on April 9th, 20223. We love serving a delicious ham for holidays and special events, but what are the best side dishes to go with a holiday ham dinner?
Our Top Favorite 10 Side Dishes for Ham Dinner
- Creamy Scalloped Potatoes – our top choice for what goes well with ham!
- Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce
- Pineapple Salad
- Traditional Green Bean Casserole
- Creamed Spinach
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Creamy Sweet Potatoes
- Yummy Baked Lima Beans
- Deviled Eggs
- Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
What are the Best Side Dishes For Ham
We love a baked juicy ham on the table for the holidays surrounded by an array of fruits and delicious side dishes. Learn How to Cook a Precooked Ham for your dinner table. We love serving a honey glazed baked ham for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner and all the delicious side dishes that goes along with it. See what our picks are for delicious side dishes that goes well with your juicy ham.
You can also glaze your ham with brown sugar and orange slices or pineapple slices. Just slather on the brown sugar before baking the ham.
- Don’t forget some regular or mini dinner rolls, cheese and pickles as a side dish. Sandwiches are a great way to eat holiday ham.
Our Number 1 Side dish to Serve with Ham –
There is something about those creamy baked spuds that goes so well next to servings of baked ham. Our favorite recipe for scalloped potatoes in made with creamy Velveeta Cheese. You can find that recipe here. Scalloped Potatoes with Velvetta Cheese.
Green Bean Casserole
We love green bean casserole and it’s so simple to prepare. This recipe has been around for a very long time and has a few variations. Find the recipe that works best for you. Green bean casserole can be made in the oven or the crockpot. The crockpot is nice because it leaves room in your oven for other holiday dishes to be prepared. Just add the below ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on high for a few hours or on low for about 4 hours.
How to Make Easy Green Bean Casserole – Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl add 3-4 cans of French style green beans, drained and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Mixed with 2 cans of condensed cream of mushroom soup. Stir in about 1/4 can of crispy fried onions and 1/4 cup of milk. Pour into a casserole dish and dot with butter and sprinkle with remaining fried onions. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Leftovers keep nicely.
Creamed spinach is one of our favorite vegetables of all time. You can make creamed spinach with either fresh or frozen spinach depending on which you prefer. Creamed spinach typically consists of cooked spinach, heavy cream and lots of butter. You can also add some crispy fried onions to the top of your creamed spinach if it’s going to be baked in the oven. Try our delicious creamed spinach recipe.
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
YUM! Comfort food at its finest served along side slices of baked ham with creamed spinach and green bean casserole! Here is our recipe and instructions on How to make the Best Mashed Potatoes. You could also serve a red skinned mashed potato recipe that has garlic or cheese for a delicious potato side dish. Red skinned mashed potatoes would go well with a baked ham. If we serve mashed potatoes with ham, we typically have a bowl of brown gravy on the table.
Creamy Sweet Potatoes
Try something a little different with your ham this year! Try a side dish of creamy sweet potatoes. Different than your typical sweet potato dish, this sweet potato recipe is baked with cream.
Baked Lima Beans
If you haven’t tried a baked lima bean dish as a side dish for ham, you are in for a delicious treat. We love this recipe and we are sure you will too! We call this recipe “why we show up for Christmas” lima beans. You can find this awesome recipe here. Christmas or Thanksgiving Baked Lima Beans.
Any type of beans will go well with ham. If you are serving leftover ham for an easy dinner serve with some baked beans.
There should be no ham that is ever served without the lovely little deviled eggs. Deviled eggs are simple to prepare and can be put out early on your holiday or dinner table or served directly with the ham as a wonderful side dish. Find your favorite recipe to make deviled eggs as most recipes are very similar yet with different amounts of mustard and mayonnaise. Try a yellow mustard, spicy mustard or a delicious brown mustard. Try our traditional Deviled Eggs Recipe.
Macaroni and Cheese
Do you have a ton of leftover holiday ham that needs used up? A great side dish for dinner ham is always macaroni and cheese. We have two great recipes we are sure you will love.
Roasted or pan fried, Brussel Sprouts make an awesome side dish for ham. Here we pan fry the sprouts in a little oil and butter with a few slices of diced bacon.
There are many side dishes that will go well with a cooked ham and these are a few of our favorites. Below are some other side dishes that can be served with leftover ham or on your holiday table.
- Honey Glazed Carrots
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Pineapple and Cucumber Salsa
- Steamed Asparagus with Cheese Sauce
- Corn Souffle
- Broccoli with Cheese Sauce
- Twice Baked Potatoes
- Dinner Rolls – Sometimes your guests like to make little ham sandwiches so don’t forget yummy dinner rolls as a side dish.
Every holiday ham dinner deserves an awesome side. Pick something that is your family favorite or try something all new! Side dishes can become traditional so find your favorites and learn how to make them the way your family loves them.
What to Serve with Your Easter Holiday Ham?
- Scalloped Cheesy Potatoes
- Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce
- Tossed Salad
- Cole Slaw
- Fancy Deviled Eggs
- Warm Rolls with Butter
Gluten-Free Side Dish Options
If you or your guests follow a gluten-free diet, it’s important to provide side dish options that are safe for consumption. Luckily, there are plenty of naturally gluten-free dishes that will complement your holiday ham beautifully.
One such option is a quinoa salad. Cook quinoa according to package instructions, then toss with your favorite vegetables, herbs, and a zesty vinaigrette. Quinoa is a versatile grain that adds a satisfying texture and nutty flavor to any dish, making it the perfect gluten-free alternative to traditional grains like rice or pasta.
Another gluten-free option is roasted sweet potato wedges. Cut sweet potatoes into wedges, toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and your choice of spices, then roast until crispy and golden brown. The natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes pairs well with the smoky flavors of the ham, creating a delicious combination that will have everyone reaching for seconds.
Pairing Wines and Beverages with Holiday Ham and Side Dishes
No holiday meal is complete without the perfect wine or beverage pairing. When it comes to pairing wines with ham, there are a few options that complement the flavors beautifully.
For a classic pairing, opt for a Pinot Noir. The fruity and earthy flavors of the wine complement the smoky flavors of the ham, creating a harmonious combination. If you prefer white wine, a Chardonnay or Riesling can also work well, especially if you’re serving a glazed ham with a touch of sweetness.
If you’re not a wine drinker, there are plenty of other beverage options to consider. A sparkling apple cider or sparkling water with a splash of cranberry juice can add a festive touch to your meal. For a non-alcoholic option, consider serving a spiced apple cider or a refreshing iced tea infused with citrus and herbs.