What’s Christmas without a traditional ham? And what ham would be complete without the perfect side? These sides for ham will no doubt give you all the inspiration you need!
The timer goes off and the oven is heaving under the weight of the pièce de résistance of the Christmas table. You don your oven mittens, open the door to the glorious smells of the cloves, mustard or orange and you let the steam settle down.
You take a peek into the oven and there is your ham, eagerly awaiting to taken out and shown to the world. You brace yourself for a bit of manual handling before you it out…. I mean you don’t want to drop it! You reach in and slide it out. Damn it looks good!
The ham glistens with the glazing and love the slightly charred bits on the edges. You’re so pleased with yourself and you can’t wait to serve it up. You imagine yourself carving it into evenly spaced slices and being greeted by the lovely pink flesh.
You know that everyone can’t wait to grab a slice or two.
That plate however, is never just the ham. Your family and friends will want to load the rest of the plate with all the sides you have to offer.
Oh…. sides for ham! What shall we make? How many do I need? What will everyone want? A traditional side? Something light? Something quick?
This is where we come in! Thankfully a ham can sit out for a bit which will give you a little respite when it comes to time to plate up everything else.
This collection of sides for ham will give you the variety that you need to serve up a Christmas fare that will be remembered. Whip out the air fryer to give you an extra helping hand or slip another baking dish under the ham. Whatever you fancy, these recipes will no doubt impress!
Warm Roasted Sides for Ham
Wondering what to serve with ham? This Christmas side dish for ham just might steal the show!
The sweetness of the perfectly roasted leeks served up with creamy roasted peas, salty melted parmesan and a hint of fresh mint leaves is exactly the kind of side dish you can be proud of!
Calling all Brussels sprout lovers! For those with a sophisticated palate yearning for nutty and bitter flavours, this purple Brussels sprouts salad is made for you.
The fragrant spices and heavenly honey add depth to the recipe. Perfect for that special festive occasion!
No regular pale gluggy potato salad here. Delicious, sweet roasted potatoes and New Zealand yams amped up with a touch of sophisticated flavour through a zippy salty anchovy dressing.
A great addition to Christmas sides for ham that all your family and friends will love!
Need a easy side dish for ham that packs a punch but is easy to make?
Look no further than this roasted Tenderstem broccoli side dish sprinkled with cashews seasoned with a homemade recipe. So good!
Indulge in wicked black garlic butter as it’s melted and richly drizzled over roasted carrots with thyme.
It’s the perfect vegetable side for ham that is both simple to execute and sophisticated at the same time.
A true winter’s delight, this roasted radish salad served up with earthy and nutty purple cauliflower sure is a salad everyone would enjoy.
The perfect accompaniment to any Christmas main fare!
Air Fryer Sides for Ham
Crispy air fryer eggplant chips with a golden brown parmesan crust layered on top of a pool of tangy, rich roasted capsicum sauce.
Transforming eggplant chips into a healthier side for ham is easy to make without using much oil at all!
Cheesy, crunchy and a good hit of spicy heat, we love these easy to make air fryer jalapeno poppers.
Served with a sour cream and chives dip, they make an excellent side for the Christmas table.
With a delectable crunchy bite and a soft fluffy inside, Air Fryer Potatoes is the best beginners air fryer recipe to start with.
Matched with sophisticated aromatic truffle salt, this easy roasted potato side dish is one you will make all holiday season.
Try a different approach to fries and give our air fryer parsnip fries a whirl.
Crispy outside, soft inside, and a delicious sweet, nutty flavour, air fryer parsnip fries are fantastic and a healthier Christmas side dish for ham.
Lighter Sides for Ham
When you need a quick and easy side dish for ham be it a dinner party or festive gathering, this traditional coleslaw recipe will be your go-to.
No fuss, no frills, just good ol’ classic coleslaw. The creamy, tangy homemade dressing makes all the difference.
Need a leafy salad but not sure how to make it festive party worthy?
We show you how to elevate those leaves with this balsamic tomato salad mixed through with sweet roasted onions and crunchy asparagus.
The versatility of the vibrant and earthy beetroot is showcased in this Beetroot and Feta Salad.
Classically paired with salty feta cheese, softened by the delicate oak lettuce and cut through with the tart and bitter grapefruit, this salad is designed to impress.
A fantastic flavour profile particularly for that delicious honey glazed ham.
Easy sautéed mushroom recipe with soy sage butter is the perfect side dish to whip up in less than 15 minutes.
We love the earthy umami flavours with golden caramelised sautéed mushrooms.
Fancy Sides for Ham
Watch as everyone can’t stop going back for more! Who would have thought drizzling hot honey over perfectly sous vide carrots could be both the easiest thing to make and yet tasting so delicious?
Perfectly paired with that succulent ham, this honey glazed style side dish is a real winner.
The Australian saltbush plant produces one of the most unique flavoured herbs of all time.
Combine the deeply earthy flavours that give way to a naturally salty finish with the crunch of the purple beans drizzled with garlic oil.
This side for ham is designed to complement the salty goodness of the pork.
A whole roasted pumpkin is not only so easy to cook but is also incredibly gorgeous aesthetically when presented on the Christmas dinner table.
Serve up with a sumac yoghurt condiment for the perfect companion.
A good mash doesn’t have to be boring or an afterthought.
This vegan rutabaga or swede mash is a bowl of sweet, nutty goodness topped with lightly golden crispy fried garlic and a dash of delicate walnut oil.
An excellent side dish to serve up with a good ham.
Winter Sides for Ham
Turn a regular creamy mashed potato recipe into a spectacular side dish simply by using purple potatoes!
These glorious bright purple hues will definitely be the star of the dinner table. Sorry ham!
Lather these holiday-worthy Hasselback butternut squash halves in melted butter that is flavoured with garlic, paprika and fresh basil.
It’s a great way to spruce up this winter side dish that is both delicious and stunning!
Let the zhoug sauce do the talking as it forms the luxurious base for these gorgeous roasted red Brussels sprouts.
This is the perfect side dish for the cooler months and let the warm spices and the spicy sauce give the winter chills the flick!
If you’re after a side for ham that’s easy to make, tastes delicious and looks incredibly appetising, look no further than these satisfying sweet potato slices.
Bake them in thyme and garlic infused butter for a sweet and richly flavoured dish.
Buttered spaghetti squash makes for an easy side dish to have with your wintery comfort food.
Serve it up with some homemade garlic parmesan crisps for some crunch and extra flavour. Imagine serving ham with this beauty!
Heartier Sides for Ham
Golden brown pan fried gnocchi layered with tomato, corn and zucchini served with a mountain of grated parmesan cheese.
This is an easy side dish recipe that will please adults and children alike.
Indulge in some fresh baby corn and make a salad that showcases this premature vegetable.
Topped with crispy parsnip ribbons and mixed through with a spicy salad dressing, it’s a recipe you’d make over and over again, not just for the festive season!
Oven baked crispy kale with roasted sweet potato mingled together with a creamy hummus dressing, this is a satisfying vegan and gluten-free side dish that hits all the comforting notes.
Serve this sweet potato side dish next to your ham for the an excellent accompaniment.
Pan fried potatoes mingled with tangy marinated artichokes and crispy maple glazed pancetta, all tossed together with a tangy creme fraiche dressing.
This is an interesting way to serve up a potato salad for your succulent ham!
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