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Dec 14, 2004 09:31 AM

fresh ham--need side dishes

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I'm making a fresh ham for Christmas dinner and am looking for side dishes that will be good accompaniments. Some ideas I have are:

peas and pancetta
wild mushroom bread pudding (such a good recipe-can try and post tomorrow if anyone wants it)
I might try that earl grey applesauce from a recent post

I'd like to add one or two new sides...any favorites out there?

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  1. 1. Sauerkraut.

    Get bagged or jarred, not canned, sauerkraut if you can.

    Thinly slice an onion and saute it gently in a fat of your choice (pork fat, goose fat, or butter would be more typical than vegetable oil) until it gets limp. Meanwhile, drain and rinse the sauerkraut in cold water, and drain again. Add the sauerkraut to the onions in the pan, and saute it with the onions for a little bit. Then add some white wine of your choice (a Riesling-type would be more typical than a Chardonnay type, but dry French vermouth -- Noilly Prat -- will do in a pinch), some caraway seeds (or, if you a feeling Alsatian, juniper berries) and some pieces of apple (need not be peeled) or, failing that, applesauce.

    Bring to a simmer and let it heat through. Reduce the liquid to the amount you like.

    Fresh ham and hot sauerkraut are a match made in heaven.

    Serve with a dry-ish Riesling (Kabinett-level) or Gerwurztraminer-type wine.

    2. Buttered and parsleyed (a) spaetzle/dumplings, (b) noodles or (c) roasted or boiled potatoes.

    3. Something green, like fresh green beans or haricots vert, perhaps seasoned with butter and shallots.

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    1. re: Karl S.

      With a smoked ham (if it gets here on time), I'll be trying out Jansson's Temptation, a potato gratin with anchovies...