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Suggestions for sides with a smoked ham shank

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shopgirl Dec 18, 2010 07:08 PM

Usually I've made scalloped potatoes, sometimes homemade mac & cheese. I'll make a green of some sort, probably brussel sprouts sauteed with bacon.
Any good ideas for a different starch? I was thinking red roasted potatoes, but I'd love to hear anyone else's suggestions of what you make with a baked smoked ham.
Thanks!

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: shopgirl Dec 18, 2010 07:30 PM

    why not combine the brussels with potatoes and do a brussels, bacon & potato hash?

    but if you want to keep the starch separate, maybe either an herbed white bean puree, or a parsnip or turnip gratin.

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      Riatta RE: shopgirl Dec 18, 2010 07:33 PM

      Cole slaw and boston baked beans with lots of molasses, onions and bacon.

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        Val RE: shopgirl Dec 19, 2010 03:20 AM

        Maybe sweet potatoes for a different starch? Nice contrast to the salty ham and very pretty too. Green beans or spinach also as a side might work.

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          vafarmwife RE: shopgirl Dec 19, 2010 03:29 AM

          Sauteed kale or swiss chard or a cauliflower gratin.

          1. mamachef RE: shopgirl Dec 19, 2010 03:53 AM

            Slow-cooked green beans with white potatoes thrown in for the last half hour, and cheese/scallion mashed potatoes.

            1. Uncle Bob RE: shopgirl Dec 19, 2010 03:59 AM

              Candied Sweet Potatoes.......

              Enjoy!

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                flfoodie2 RE: shopgirl Dec 19, 2010 07:08 AM

                Baked a ham last weekend and made German potato salad for a change.

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                  LaLa RE: flfoodie2 Dec 19, 2010 08:03 AM

                  I made corn pudding with mine last night.

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                    shopgirl RE: LaLa Dec 19, 2010 10:39 AM

                    Thanks to all you chowhounds! What great ideas! I like the cole slaw and baked beans idea! That just might be the way to go! But sweet potatoes...great idea, too!
                    Thanks so much!

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                      scunge RE: shopgirl Dec 19, 2010 02:49 PM

                      Years back an old Irish neighbor of mine would boil her "pink ham" with cabbage and potato .A one pot meal .She made at least once a month and on ST.Paddy's Day and as a small boy I'd go get her "growler " filled with beer at the local tavern in Brooklyn No questions asked..........Green beans ,as well as other such beans(black eyed peas and rice ) also will work .hot sauce on the side.

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                  Plano Rose RE: shopgirl Dec 20, 2010 06:16 AM

                  We will be having ham for Christmas. I am planning asparagus risotto for the starch.

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