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Tamales and Ham...what to serve with it?

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Ok, it's that time of year again. Christmas dinner with ham and tamales. Looking for any ideas on what to serve with it, especially any veggie dishes that are not a starch. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Cut the tops off some tomatoes and remove 1/3 of the pulp. Sprinkle with S&P, fill them with a combination of herbs (oregano, basil, etc. and onion and broil them briefly before serving.
    Top with a dollop of sour cream and crushed wheat cracker crumbs.

    1. A nice jicama salad, marinate the matchstick sliced jicama for a day in orange and lime juice and dress with a pinch or two of ancho powder, salt and chopped cilantro with extra lime juice and orange segments; or a salad of grilled nopale strips, grilled onion slices and tomato wedges with a light but garliky-olive oil dressing or a platter of lime juice dressed wedges of avocado and red onion. You should also consider serving a Mexican style green rice, with lots of cilantro, a big pot of frijoles borrachos or even pozole to start the meal, and horchata. All that with the ham will make for a very festive spread. Enjoy!

      1. With tamales, we always have coleslaw, either bought from KFC or homemade using an old family recipe.

        Finely chop green cabbage and grate a carrot. Dress with equal parts heavy cream and white vinegar, season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill thoroughly before

        1. If there are not beans in the tamales, I'd make a nice pot of pintos to go with.

          If it's a special occasion and the food is Mexican I'd make a batch of pickled red onions... my family goes crazy for those.