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Dec 4, 2012 06:09 PM

Sides for Ham?

I'm thinking of making a ham for Christmas dinner (Rachael Ray's Cherry Chili glazed ham recipe from her most recent issue). I'm torn as to what sides go best with a ham. Ideas? Thoughts?

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  1. Scalloped potatoes and steamed green beans.

    1. I posted this in the gratin thread above and I will post it here now, I love this side dish with ham.

      1. Normally, I'd say scalloped or au gratin potatoes. But they don't go well with THAT glaze. I'd go with mashed sweet potatoes and a dark green like kale or spinach or chard.

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        1. re: greygarious

          Normally, my instant answer would be a good rich Mac n Cheese, because I love love love it with ham.
          In this case, though, I concur entirely with gregarious on the sweet potatoes and greens, since you have that fruity glaze.

          1. re: jmcarthur8

            A good rich Mac & Cheese is tempting enough to make me switch the glaze :)

            1. re: mawnyc521

              If you're within distance of a Honeybaked Ham store, you really can't do better than that.
              People love the ham, which you can get on or off the bone. Nice crunchy glaze. Their glazed turkey breast is a winner, too.

          2. re: greygarious

            Along the sweet potato idea, I'd do sweet potato gnocchi or sweet potato rolls. Cut the sweetness some.

            1. re: chowser

              Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon (unless that is too much pig for you).

          3. My standard is a scalloped potato side. Comfort and joy!

            1. We can't have ham(or turkey for that matter) without mashed rutabaga. The family demands it!! So I make a stockpot full, and daughter & I split the leftovers!!