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Mar 21, 2013 07:21 PM

Roasting potatoes during ham baking

Looking up ideas for an Easter dinner, I really liked the suggestions on Food network of Tyler Florence's tangerine glazed ham and Sandra Lee's herb roasted potatoes--plus Alton Brown's carrot cake. See http://www.foodnetwork.com/holidays-a...

BUT how does one roast potatoes for an hour at 400 if you've got a ham in the oven for 4 hours at 300?

I've never known how to coordinate a main dish and sides when the temps are not similar. For instance: what sides can you make with a high temp chicken roast?

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    1. re: GH1618

      How much longer would you put them in for? I don't want to put them in too late and then have hard potatoes with ham that's ready to eat.

      1. re: Thanks4Food

        I would probably guess at an hour and a half, but I would stick a fork in them a bit earlier to test. Or If they are not done at the end, I would run a little longer on the ham, or take it out and cover it with foil, then turn up the oven and wait for the potatoes. The time isn't that precise anyway, because tt depends on the size of the potatoes. The timing might not be ideal, but if you keep a notebook, the next time will be more accurate.

        1. re: GH1618

          While waiting for your reply, I looked at the sidebar of "Side dishes to serve with holiday ham"--and now I'm thinking of doing the cheesy rice and warm spinach salad with sweet potatoes and pecans.

          But I'm sure I'll change my mind back and forth a hundred times before then, so thanks for your help.

            1. re: magiesmom

              My husband does too--so that's probably what I'll do. Guess I'll save the roasted potatoes for a roasted chicken.

    2. I would cook the ham a bit early, then keep it warm in its roaster and then roast the potatoes. Cut the potatoes a bit smaller and turn the oven up to 425 to get them done faster.

      1. One can put the potatoes in the 300-degree oven about an hour before the ham is done, remove the ham and while it rests increase the oven temp to 400 (or even higher) to crisp the potatoes, maybe 15 minutes to half an hour.

        If I'm roasting a chicken at high temperature, I stick to quick cooking veg like asparagus that will cook in the time it takes the chicken to rest, or partially cooked potatoes added towards the end of the chicken cooking time. Some sides though simply are not compatible if the oven temperatures required are different.