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What Side Dish to Serve with Ham?

Last post Dec 22, 2008 11:11 PM by Deonia . 14 replies.

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  • What Side Dish to Serve with Ham?

    My daughter is having a Christmas Day luncheon.  On the menu will be a spiral ham that she will be serving cold for sandwiches.  She will also be having a tossed salad and several appetizers, such a shrimp, cheese, etc.  What can I make as a side dish(es)?  Any help will be greatly appreciated since I plan to shop for the ingredients tonight.  Thanks in advance.


  • Re: What Side Dish to Serve with Ham?

    macaroni salad, potato salad, chips & dip

  • Re: What Side Dish to Serve with Ham?

    I always like either potato salad, or scalloped potatoes with ham. also mac & cheese would be good too.



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  • Re: What Side Dish to Serve with Ham?

    Coleslaw and deviled eggs.



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  • Re: What Side Dish to Serve with Ham?

     I agree with Nancy_NJ - cole slaw and deviled eggs are great to go with ham - or that Chinese Wonder Salad serves a lot and is very good, IMHO.  I'll include the recipe if you don't happen to have that one. 

    * Exported from MasterCook *

                               Chinese Wonder Salad

    Recipe By     :
    Serving Size  : 12    Preparation Time :0:00
    Categories    : Dressings                       Onions
                    Pot Lucks                       Salad
                    Side Dish                       Vegetables

      Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    --------  ------------  --------------------------------
         2/3           Cup  Sugar, Can Use Less
         3/4           Cup  Rice Wine Vinegar
         1/2      Teaspoon  Soy or Tempura Sauce
      1                Can  Le Suer Peas, Drained
      1                Can  Whole Corn, Drained
      1                Can  Fancy Chinese Vegetables, Drained and Rinsed
      1                Jar  Pimento Pieces, Drained
      1                Can  French Cut Green Beans, Drained
      1          Small Jar  Sliced Mushrooms, Drained
      1              Large  Vidalia Onion, Skiced in Rings or Slivers
      1                Cup  Diagonally Slice Celery

    You can add a little sliced green or red peppr for variety - usually do - but it's very good without it!!
    Dressing: Mix well and set aside.  Sometimes I heat the vinegar to make sure the sugar disolves. Salad: Toss drained vegetables with the dressing and refrigerate for several hours.  Keeps well, makes a lot and is a great side dish!  pegg

    Enjoy and have a Happy Holiday Season!  Merry Christmas!






  • Re: What Side Dish to Serve with Ham?

    My vote goes to cole slaw and deviled eggs also.But if you want something hot-how about some potatoe soup made in the crockpot? Here`s a recipe.Or use your favorite;)

     Crockpot Potato Soup

    6 potatoes, peeled and diced
    1 cup chopped onion
    2 carrots, thinly sliced
    2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
    4 cups chicken broth
    1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
    1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1 1/4 cups cream or half-and-half
    real bacon bits, grated chedder,optional
    Combine first potatoes, chopped onion, carrots, celery, chicken broth, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper in a slow cooker.
    Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, or until vegetables are tender.

    Stir together flour and cream or half-and-half; stir into soup. Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until hot. If desired, sprinkle bacon bits or grated  chedder over each serving.
    Makes about 2 quarts



  • Re: What Side Dish to Serve with Ham?

    I'm serving ham also along with swedish meatballs and saucy sausages. I'm having the potato salad as always but this time I'm serving a dish called Cranberry Baked Beans I found somewhere on here. It's basicly baked beans and that goes very good with ham. At least with my crowd it does.


    Hope this helped.


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  • Re: What Side Dish to Serve with Ham?

    We always have this with ham.



    Dill Creamed Potatoes

    Baby red potatoes
    2 tbsps dill (fresh or dry)
    1 medium onion (chopped)
    whipping cream
    3 tbsps of flour
    2 tbsps of sugar


    Wash potatoes, leaving the skins on and boil 15-20 of until just done. Strain and return to the pot. Add the onion, dill and sugar. Cover with cream and heat until almost boiling, stirring occasionally. Stir in the flour and cook for 10 more minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.


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  • Re: What Side Dish to Serve with Ham?

    If you're looking for something hot to bring, then I'd go with the scalloped potatoes or mac and cheese which go well but for a luncheon I tho't you were looking for something lighter. I love baked beans which were suggested and certainly go well anytime for me!!!  Don't forget to have mustard, mayo, or other condiments for the sandwiches and some of those Spicy Hot Pickles to go with. I'll post my recipe that I've made for 25+ years ~ sooooo good!  Also Horseradish Dills I have been making for about that long too - but are quicker.  Bet everything will be great!!

    * Exported from MasterCook *

                             Horseradish Dill Pickles

    Recipe By     :
    Serving Size  : 0     Preparation Time :0:00
    Categories    : Pickles

      Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      1 1/2         Quarts  Jar of Dill Pickles
      1                Jar  Horseradish -- (6 ounces) or more if desired
      1 1/4           Cups  Sugar
         1/3           Cup  water
         3/4           Cup  white vinegar

    Drain the brine from the pickles. Add the horseradish into the jar of pickles. Bring the sugar, water and vinegar to a boil, then pour into pickle jar. Refrigerate for 48 hours, shaking the jar occasionally.

    * Exported from MasterCook *

                               Hot & Spicy Pickles

    Recipe By     :
    Serving Size  : 0     Preparation Time :0:00
    Categories    : Pickles

      Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      1             Gallon  Pickles
      5             Pounds  Sugar
      6                     Galrlic Cloves, Quartered
      1       Large Bottle  Tabasco Sauce -- smaller for less heat

    Drain pickles, cut into 1/4-1/2 inch slices. Layer some to the jar, add a couple pieces of garlic, cover with a layer of sugar and several dashes of the Tabasco.  Continue layers till jar is full and all ingredients are used.  Jar will be very full but cover with lid and let stand.  Turn jar twice a day till the sugar is all dissolved. Put jar in a dish or pan in case it leaks when upside down.  These are delicious!!!!!  I usually divide them into pint jars when the sugar has all dissolved and then vacuum seal them.  No need to refrigerate. Friends request these all the time!!  pegg




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    Scalloped Pineapple 

     This side dish goes so well with ham. I don't always follow the baking directions, I often bake at different temperature and for a longer time, depends upon what's in the oven. This recipe is very forgiving.

    4 cups white bread, cubed
    1 cup melted butter
    3 eggs, beaten
    1 can 20 oz. chunk or tidbit pineapple
    1 -1/2 cups sugar

    Mix all. Pour into a buttered glass casserole. Bake at 350 for 35 - 45 minutes. I have baked for over an hour and it was still good. The brown crusty edges are my favorite part.

    The above was taken from the April 9, 2006 issue of Nancy's Newsletter.

    I hope this helps.  Mary Kay


  • Re: What Side Dish to Serve with Ham?

    Scalloped pineapple sounds great and so do the rest of these recipes. I have one we made for Thanksgiving that would be good with ham too. I like the sweet and tart taste to go with the salty ham. Yum.


    Cranberry Pineapple Minis



    1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, in juice

    2 pkg. (3 oz. each) raspberry jello

    1 can (16 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce

    2/3 cup pecan or walnut Pieces (optional in case someone might be allergic to nuts)

    1 apple, chopped



    Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Add enough water to juice to measure 2-1/2 cups; pour into saucepan. Bring to boil. Pour over gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved.


    Stir in pineapple, cranberry sauce, nuts and apple. Spoon into 24 paper-lined 2-1/2-inch muffin cups.


    Refrigerate 2-1/2 hours or until firm. (Overnight is better) Remove liners and serve on lettuce.

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    This casserole would be my choice.  It was posted on Recipezaar by ratherbeswimming.

    Corn Pudding Recipe 

    I am in trouble if I don't make this for any holiday dinner. It is a long-standing tradition and family favorite.

    1 hour | 15 min prep

    SERVES 8

    1. Combine sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.
    2. Whisk together eggs, cream, and butter.
    3. Gradually add sugar mixture, whisking until smooth; stir in corn.
    4. Pour into a lightly greased oblong baking dish.
    5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes OR until golden brown and set.
    6. Let stand 5 minutes.



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    There are some terrific suggestions here.  I printed them out.  Mary Kay

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    This is too late for you to use, but I really like the cold broccoli/cauliflower salad with ham. 


    Coarsely chopped broccoli and cauliflower

    Finely chopped sweet onion or red onion

    Red grapes halved

    Marzetti Coleslaw dressing

    Crumbled crisp bacon- 3 or 4 slices

    Sunflower seeds

    Mix broccoli, cauliflower and onion with coleslaw dressing the night before.  I don't measure these items, rather add the dressing by sight.  Before serving add the grapes, crumbled bacon and sunflower seeds and stir well.    Some use raisins but I much prefer the taste of the fresh grapes.



  • Re: What Side Dish to Serve with Ham?

     I like corn pudding with my ham too shopping addict, and I also love potato salad with the ham sandwiches.