What do you eat with Christmas ham?

In this article, we will answer the question “What do you eat with Christmas ham?”

What do you eat with Christmas ham?

Following are some of the best side dishes that best compliment the sweet and sour flavor of ham. Fro traditional to gourmet-like dishes, we have covered everything that you may need.

Mashed potatoes

Something bland yet creamy to compliment the salty and strong-flavored ham? Opt for mashed potatoes. Extra cream and garlic on the side add to the burst of flavors.

Scalloped potatoes

This cheesy and creamy delight is made with a layer of thinly sliced red or gold potatoes and a layer of a hearty sauce made with onion, mustard, and nutmeg, and cheese is a treat for Christmas. It looks difficult to make from the description but the process is quite simple.

Sweet potato casserole 

The combination of sweet and sour in this casserole is what makes you crave more of it. Creamy sweet potatoes with a crunchy butter pecan topping sound like a perfect pick for Christmas. 

Green bean casserole

The green bean casserole is all about creamy mushroom soup, fresh green beans, and crispy fried French onions and who wouldn’t like the combo. This side dish is a standalone dish on its own.

Roasted asparagus

Nothing is exciting about salted and roasted asparagus. But if you toss it in some garlic, hollandaise, or simple lemon zest, your taste buds will thank you. Pair it with a juicy piece of ham to complete the dish.

Spaghetti squash 

This sweet and juicy side dish is flavored with butter and salt and is the healthiest side dish of all. The small noodle-like strands of the spaghetti squash make it more interesting.

Honey glazed carrots 

Honey glazed carrots paired with ham complete with peanut butter and toast and it is not a hyperbole. This nutritious side is made by roasting carrots and tossing them in a sweet and cinnamon-flavored sauce. 

Dinner rolls

Carbohydrates cannot be missed on any special day so you better make them exciting. Dinner rolls, stuffed with butter or wholewheat dinner rolls made with oatmeal and milk are a side dish you must try.


Cornbread goes with anything, whether sweet or sour. Steamed cornbread, smeared with butter, is a lovely side dish that you may not want to miss. You can also jazz things up by serving Sweet jalapeno cornbread along with something sweet to balance the flavor.

Mac and Cheese

The Cheesy Mac and Cheese paired with a glorious ham sounds like a dreamy combination. Season your Mac and Cheese with garlic powder and white pepper for more kick. These spices add a lot of depth to the flavor.

Creamed spinach 

Cheesy and creamy spinach paired with greek yogurt, or kale with a spoonful of white miso is a deadly side dish. This decadent side dish is a steakhouse favorite and full of nutrition. 


Baby broccoli, broccolini, is super versatile. Kids love the thin talks and small florets of broccolini. Roast the broccoli in some garlic and drizzle it with some vinaigrette, season with salt, and toss in some melted butter to complete this luxurious side dish.

Corn pudding 

As the name may suggest, this is not a dessert. The flavor profile of corn pudding lies somewhere between creamed corn and savory pudding. 

Dump the ingredients in the baking dish and bake to make this sweet and sour, and delicious side dish.

Deviled eggs

Deviled eggs are a classic and a holiday favorite. Pair them with the decadent ham on Christmas to stay classy.

Collard greens

Collard greens are another healthy side dish that you can opt for this Christmas. The greens are seasoned with some vinegar, sugar, onion, and maybe even some bacon if it suits your taste buds. A drizzle of hot sauce on top completes this side dish.

Potato salad

This light and delicious salad is made using red potatoes, a creamy dijon dressing, and lots of dills. It is a perfect side dish to balance the decadence of ham.

Pineapple stuffing 

This side dish only calls for 5 ingredients including butter, sugar, eggs, bread, and pineapple. These ingredients turn into a sweet and tangy side dish with buttery goodness. The exterior is crisp and chewy in contrast with the fluffy and moist interior like it should be. 

Creamy potato, carrot and, leek soup

A warm bowl of soup on a cold winter evening is the showstopper. This creamy soup contains lots of veggies and goes well with both ham and sourdough bread.

Wild rice and mushroom pilaf

This side dish is full of warm and earthy notes that best compliment the zing of ham. Replace the mushroom with ham for your non-vegetarian guests. Throw in some asparagus or egg and the crow will love it.


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