29+ Side Dishes to Pair Perfectly with Ham

April 7, 2022
From flavorful potato dishes, to classic veggie sides, to favorite comfort food casseroles, so many things go just beautifully with ham! Check out this collection of 29+ Side Dishes to Pair Perfectly with Ham for loads of tasty inspiration for your next ham dinner.

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Looking for some delicious sides for your upcoming ham dinner? We've got you covered with this tasty collection of 29+ side dishes to pair with ham! Whether it's classic straight-up veggie sides, creamy cheesy potato dishes, comfort food casserole favorites, or good-old macaroni and cheese, so many things go deliciously with ham. 

For us, macaroni and cheese is a must when ham is on the menu. We then choose 1 or 2 other sides, bake up a batch of overnight spoon rolls, and pair them with our baked ham with brown sugar glaze or maple crock pot ham to whip up our very favorite ham meal.

For ease, we've organized this ham side dishes collection into 5 categories:

  1. Straight-Up Veggie Sides
  2. Comfort Food Casseroles
  3. Mac & Cheese
  4. Potato Dishes, and
  5. Sweet Potato Dishes

Scroll on through to (we hope!) find some you love, and click the link above each photo to get the full recipe.

From flavorful potato dishes, to classic veggie sides, to favorite comfort food casseroles, so many things go just beautifully with ham.

Straight-Up Veggie Sides
Flavorfully glazed, roasted, and topped veggies go just beautifully with ham.  

Asparagus and ham are just a classic pairing. So take that roasted asparagus to the next level with crunchy Parmesan cheese on top!

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We tested different combinations of ingredients in search of the most flavorful honey glazed carrots, and this recipe is our hands-down winner. They're a perfect easy side for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or an everyday dinner.

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Anytime your creamed corn craving hits, Crock Pot Creamed Corn is absolutely delicious -- and absolutely easy to make.  Whip up a tasty batch with just 5 simple ingredients and all of about 5 minutes hands-on prep.

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Baked Onions are such a lovely and simple side that go so nicely with ham. Pop onions in the oven to bake them traditionally, or whip up super-easy baked onions in the microwave. Classic boiled onions are also another flavorful way to enjoy onions as a side.

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Coated in a mixture of pure maple syrup, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard, Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts are loaded with fabulous flavor without being over-the-top sweet. It's one tasty little side dish fit for the holiday table, and the everyday dinner table as well.

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Comfort Food Casseroles
Creamy and cheesy comfort food casseroles are sure-fire favorites to grace the table alongside that beautiful ham. 

This tasty Southern casserole bakes up creamy, cheesy, and loaded with sweet onion flavor.  It's a perfect down-home side to pair with Easter dinner ham. (But it's also great with pork chops, a juicy steak, or even those summer burgers!)

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Baked up with lots of cheese and a simple cracker crumb topping, tender sweet onions shine in this creamy casserole.  It's a perfect side dish for just about any dinner main dish, and especially for that ham.

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Whether you make a big pan of classic Green Bean Casserole for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, a potluck, or just everyday dinner, this creamy favorite is sure to please. -- Especially when paired up with a juicy sliced ham.

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Crock Pot Green Bean Casserole tastes every bit as good as the traditional baked version, all while saving that oven space.

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You certainly won't miss the potato with this loaded comfort food casserole!  Chock full with bacon, sour cream, cheese, and green onions, it's got all the fabulous loaded potato flavor you're looking for -- without the potato.

Cauliflower {Just Like} Loaded Baked Potato Casserole with Serving Spoon Image

Loaded with fresh yellow squash sandwiched between layers of buttered stuffing mix, it's easy to see why this creamy Summer Squash Casserole is a favorite. It's sure one tasty dish to enjoy alongside some slices of ham.

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With its cheesy broccoli goodness and buttered cracker crumb topping, what's not to love?  Creamy Broccoli Casserole is a perfect side for any ham dinner.

Creamy Broccoli Casserole Image

Loaded with broccoli, creamy rice, and cheese, this is classic creamy, cheesy comfort food at its best.

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With tender broccoli surrounded in scoopably soft cornbread, Broccoli Cornbread Casserole is comfort food at its best. Taking advantage of Jiffy cornbread mix for ease of prep, it pairs deliciously with holiday ham, Thanksgiving turkey, or any everyday meal.

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With its flavorful broccoli filling sandwiched between two layers of herb-seasoned stuffing mix, it's a perfect pairing with that Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas or Easter ham. Or heck, enjoy its deliciousness on any random Tuesday night, too!

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Country Corn Casserole serves up golden corn surrounded in a totally tasty, scoopably soft and tender cornbread mixture that's truly down-home cooking at its best. Beautifully pair it with holiday ham, Thanksgiving turkey, or any everyday meal.

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Its baked cornbread-like batter surrounding the tasty, creamy corn tucked inside makes for one delicious comfort food casserole, indeed.  Corn Fritter Casserole is perfect alongside ham for Easter or Christmas, great with turkey for Thanksgiving, or a tasty side for everyday.

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Creamy & comforting Corn Pudding is so easy to make, and sooo darn good!

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Add some spice to your ham dinner with Cheesy Fiesta Corn Casserole! Ready for the oven in just 10 minutes, this easy creamy goodness adds just the right kick to any meal. And it truly couldn't be any easier to prepare.

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Who says the pineapple in a ham dinner has to be the topping on the ham itself? Classic cheesy Pineapple Casserole is a true Southern favorite that's a perfect way to serve up pineapple alongside that ham.

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Mac & Cheese
Nothing is more classic to pair with ham than good-old macaroni and cheese!

Mom's baked version of macaroni and cheese is loaded with melty Vermont white cheddar.  Around our parts, it's just not a ham dinner without it.

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Such a fun and unique way to serve everyone's beloved macaroni and cheese! Baked up into individual servings in muffin tin pans, these deliver up all the deliciousness of the mac and cheese you love in fun "muffin" form.

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With five yummy cheeses and just fifteen minutes on the stove top, you've got scrumptiously creamy comfort in this tasty stovetop mac & cheese.

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All the creamy cheesy downhome goodness we love, with the added bonus of crock pot convenience. It's truly the easiest to make mac & cheese around, all the while saving that oven space for the ham, too!

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Potato Dishes
When it comes to a ham dinner, bring on the potatoes, for sure!

Mashed potatoes pair perfectly with ham, of course! And this make-ahead version makes it super easy to whip them up on the day of your ham dinner. Prepare the mashed potatoes a day in advance, pop them in the refrigerator overnight, then bake up before serving time. Straight from oven to table, they're deliciously fluffy mashed potatoes with no last-minute mashing.

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What makes everyone's favorite mashed potatoes even better? Loading them up with bacon, cheese, and green onions, that's what! And all that loaded goodness pairs just beautifully with a juicy slice of ham.

Make-Ahead Loaded Mashed Potatoes Image

Loaded with cheesy deliciousness, Easy Cheesy Potatoes are always a crowd-pleasing favorite!

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No frills. No fancy ingredients. Just pure and simple uncomplicated potato salad. -- And it's sooo good paired alongside that tasty ham.

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Sweet Potato Dishes
The delicious sweetness of sweet potatoes pairs wonderfully with the salty richness of ham.

Loaded with creamy sweet potatoes and crumbly crunchy brown sugar-pecan topping, this Southern classic does not disappoint.

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Maple syrup enhances the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes, and brings a nice subtle maple flavor to the finished dish.  They pair perfectly with turkey, ham, pork tenderloin, and so much more!

Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Serving Dish Image

Sweet potato coins bathed in brown sugar-butter glaze are the perfect addition to any ham dinner.  And this recipe has a secret little ingredient to give the glaze great flavor while keeping it from being too sweet.

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Make your sweet potatoes extra delicious by adding savory sauteed green onion, Parmesan cheese, and bacon -- and baking them twice!

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29+ Side Dishes to Pair Perfectly with Ham ~ From flavorful potato dishes, to classic veggie sides, to favorite comfort food casseroles, so many things go just beautifully with ham! Check out this collection for loads of tasty inspiration for your next ham dinner. www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


  1. The bad thing about this post is choosing!! What a great group of sides - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope your week is amazing.

    1. Thank you. We hope you enjoy them all. Thank you for hosting the linky.

  2. Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday, 584 this week. Thanks so much for sharing with your talent with us. Hope you have great celebrations this weekend and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen


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