Sides from Honeybaked Ham
Yesterday I picked up the Honeybaked ham my mother requested, using the $10 off online coupon. The staff were offering tastes of the side dishes. I had a chance to try creamed spinach, baked beans, and mashed potatoes with gravy. The creamed spinach had more creamy white sauce than green leaves but didn't taste bad although there was a bitter aftertaste. The baked beans were candy sweet and smoky with bits of meat and too mushy with more than half the beans broken. The mashed potatoes were chunky style with good depth of potato flavor but that gravy was like a salt lick. All three side dishes were very salty, too much so to serve next to ham.
I am not keen on their sides, either. It's been a very long time, but I think the tortellini salad was the best of the lot. Supposedly the cheescakes are decent. The ham itself is salty too, but less so than the supermarket spiral-sliced hams I've tasted. I buy some slices of the ham and turkey a few times a year, and the meaty bones they sell are wonderful for soupmaking.
Bones for soup are something I'll keep in mind during our cold time of year.
I forgot that I also tried the potato salad. Largish cubes of potato with a juicy texture, almost like an apple. Not for me either.
Here's the photo I took of the High Fructose Corn Syrup -baked Ham's ingredients posted at the register.