Wondering what to serve with Christmas ham? Here are 85 of the best side dishes for ham including mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, vegetables, rolls, and more!
Christmas dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year. And, if you’re serving ham, you’ll need some great sides to go with it.
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So, if you’re wondering what to serve with Christmas ham, here are 85 tasty side dishes that will round out your Christmas feast.
You’ll find ideas for potatoes, rolls, macaroni and cheese, easy vegetable side dishes, and more.
There’s truly something for everyone and you’ll get to remove some of that holiday stress by nailing down your Christmas menu!
Mashed potatoes are definitely a classic Christmas side. Who doesn’t love those fluffy, buttery mounds?
Below, are some delicious recipes for mashed potatoes, plus some rather unique potato ideas if you’re ready to try something new.
Homemade Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes are the best side dish idea for any night of the week! The steps are easy to follow and have basic ingredients like butter and sour cream with optional additions like garlic and Parmesan cheese!
Crispy Hasselback Potato Casserole with Garlic and Herbs
These Crispy Hasselback Potato Casserole with Garlic and Herbs are the absolute best potatoes you will ever make! Thinly sliced Yukon gold potatoes are layered and coated with fresh herbs, garlic, butter, and shredded asiago cheese then baked until tender and creamy on the inside.
Easy Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes
These delicious Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes are extremely delicious and they have the most crispy skin with a fluffy and creamy inside.
Crock Pot Cheesy Ranch Potatoes
These quick and easy cheesy ranch potatoes are going to be your new family favorite! Grab your slow cooker and get ready for some cheesy deliciousness!
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Learn how easy it is to make Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes from scratch! This recipe has decadent caramelized onions in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce with simple seasonings. It’s make-ahead and Crock Pot friendly and the perfect side dish idea for friends and family.
Garlic Roasted Potatoes
With their perfectly crisp edges and creamy, tender centers, everyone loves these easy Garlic Roasted Potatoes. A versatile and delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with just about any meal.
Easy Cheesy Potatoes
These cheesy potatoes are perfectly creamy, comforting, and loaded with cheddar. They’re simple to prepare and feed a crowd.
Outrageous Au Gratin Potatoes
These Outrageous Au Gratin Potatoes are the ultimate side dish. Incredibly rich and bursting with three different cheeses, your guests will rave.
Easy Smothered Potatoes
Smothered Potatoes are a classic Southern side dish made with potatoes, butter, peppers, onions and fragrant Cajun or Creole seasonings.
Easy Corn Sides
Corn is a popular summer vegetable but also works really well during the holidays. Dress it up with cream and cheese to make one of the most delicious sides for Christmas ham. Here are some great dishes to try this year.
Easy Honey Butter Skillet Corn
This Honey Butter Skillet Corn features two kinds of canned corn in a creamy honey butter sauce. It's a quick and simple side dish that your whole family will love!
Lawry’s Famous Creamed Corn
This creamed corn recipe is the same one served at Lawry’s steak house. Just a few ingredients and less than 20 minutes for a delicious side dish.
This corn souffle is so easy to make. It is a wonderful side dish for the holidays or a great way to dress up a weeknight dinner.
Brown Butter Parmesan Corn
This Brown Butter Parmesan Corn recipe transforms canned corn into a holiday-worthy side dish in just minutes!
Whether you like summer squash, butternut squash, or acorn squash, here are some amazing recipes to serve with your Christmas ham.
Squash has the ability to take on both sweet and savory flavors, so get creative and try some of these yummy squash sides.
Yellow Squash Casserole with Bacon
Yellow Squash Casserole with Bacon is the best way to use up your summer squash! It’s made with two kinds of cheese, sour cream, and crumbled bacon.
Mashed Acorn Squash
Mashed Acorn Squash is an easy fall side dish, requires just a few ingredients and it’s perfect to serve for the holidays or everyday meals!
Cauliflower recipes are all the rage right now. They’re the perfect option for those looking to cut down on carbs.
So, here are some amazing cauliflower sides to make Christmas dinner a little more healthy while still being delicious and full of flavor.
Cauliflower Risotto Recipe
Today’s cauliflower risotto recipe makes a flavorful keto side dish. Plus, it is also way faster and healthier than a traditional risotto recipe.
Easy Cauliflower Cheese Recipe
This is the perfect Cauliflower Cheese Recipe if you are looking for a simple, quick yet extremely delicious side dish for your roast dinner.
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes is an easy low carb alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. Smooth and creamy healthy comfort food side dish.
Creamy Cauliflower Gratin Recipe
This creamy cauliflower gratin is a delicious cheesy side dish that you’ll want to make again and again. Perfect for any holiday meal!
Creamy Bacon Cauliflower Soup
For a hearty and savory soup this winter, make this creamy bacon cauliflower soup which you can enjoy with dairy or keep dairy-free!
Other Vegetable Sides for Christmas Ham
Vegetable side dishes don’t have to be boring! Here are some scrumptious vegetable sides for Christmas ham the whole family will love.
You’ll find recipes for fresh green beans, broccoli, carrots, brussels sprouts, asparagus, and more!
Easy Sautéed Asparagus Amandine
Impress dinner guests with elegant Sauteed Asparagus Amandine. This asparagus recipe is delicious and can be prepared in under 15 minutes.
Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots
Honey garlic roasted carrots are incredibly easy and delicious. Perfect for a gorgeous Holiday dinner or weeknight supper.
Easy Air Fried Asparagus
Air fryer asparagus, crunchy, delicious and ready in less than 10 minutes, this makes the perfect super quick side dish.
Creamed Leeks Recipe
This quick and easy creamed leeks recipe is the perfect side dish for any roasted meat and a superb main meal choice for vegetarians, with some pasta.
Green Beans Almondine
Green beans almondine is a simple and flavorful green beans side dish that will amaze you! You only need just a couple of ingredients.
Sweet Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Bacon
This easy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Bacon features crisp veggies and bacon tossed with crunchy mix-ins and a sweet dressing. It's a delicious salad for your summer barbeque, picnic, or holiday get-together!
Creamy Parsnip Puree Recipe
Parsnip Puree is a creamy, sweet, and nutty side dish that goes well with everything! Similar to mashed potatoes, but with an extra, sophisticated flavor kick.
Maple Tarragon Roasted Turnips
Maple syrup, Dijon mustard, tarragon, crispy bacon and roasted turnips work together perfectly in this easy and delicious side dish.
Homemade Green Bean Casserole
Everyone loves green bean casserole, but this year ditch the canned soup. Make this delicious homemade green bean casserole that everyone will love.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots
Roasted Carrots and Brussels Sprouts is a super tasty side dish that is ideal for the holidays, winter family dinners and in fact, it compliments any meal.
Scalloped Root Vegetable Skillet
Red and yellow beets, turnips, and sweet potatoes thinly sliced and baked together with fresh herbs, butter, and freshly grated parmesan cheese in this fresh and delicious Scalloped Root Vegetable Skillet.
Crockpot Brown Sugar Cinnamon Carrots
Crockpot Brown Sugar Cinnamon Carrots feature tender baby carrots covered in a deliciously sweet glaze. It's the perfect side dish for even the pickiest eater!
Fluffy and buttery or crusty and herbed, you have to have some delicious bread with your Christmas dinner.
Here are some easy bread recipes you’ll gobble up!
Knotted Challah Rolls
Bake up some knotted challah rolls (made with bread flour) with this step by step recipe. They can also be made into hamburger buns!
No-Knead Rosemary Bread
This No-Knead Rosemary Bread is so easy to make and your house will smell amazing! Use this bread for a side, dipping, sandwiches, and more!
Refrigerator Mashed Potato Rolls
These Refrigerator Mashed Potato rolls are extra fluffy and moist thanks to the addition of freshly mashed potatoes. You can keep the dough in your refrigerator for up to a week, which makes it easy to have warm rolls for dinner any night!
These butterflake rolls are the lightest, flakiest and fluffiest rolls you’ll ever eat! These easy dinner rolls have become a family tradition.
No-Knead Crescent Rolls (Fairy Rolls)
These Crescent Rolls are one of the easiest dinner rolls you'll make! They're soft, slightly sweet, and extra buttery; perfect for a weeknight dinner or holiday gathering.
Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food and it pairs perfectly with Christmas ham. Here are some easy and delicious macaroni dishes your family will love!
You’ll find an option for the stovetop, Instant Pot, and oven!
Stovetop Mac and Cheese
This Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese is an easy 30-minute meal that your family will always agree on! It’s the BEST dinner recipe for a busy week and it’s easy to customize with different cheeses and add-ons.
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Creamy, delicious Instant Pot mac and cheese. If you’re wondering how to make macaroni and cheese in your Instant Pot, I’m going to show you how to do it with just 5 minutes of cooking time. This Instant Pot mac and cheese is easy to make and it’s super creamy and delicious!
Keto Mac and Cheese
Here’s a Keto Mac and Cheese with no cauliflower! This recipe uses shirataki noodles instead of cauliflower as the pasta. It’s low-carb and yummy!
Sweet Potato Sides
Candied, mashed or scalloped, sweet potatoes make wonderful sides for Christmas ham. So, here are some yummy dishes that are sweet and savory and perfect for feeding a crowd.
Instant Pot Sweet Potato Crunch Casserole
This Sweet Potato Crunch Casserole features mashed sweet potatoes mixed with spices and topped with a delicious brown sugar and pecan topping. It's the ultimate side dish for your holiday dinner!
Baked Candied Yams
These tender baked candied yams in a delicious brown sugar glaze are the ultimate Thanksgiving and holiday favorite recipe to share.
Dreamy Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Smooth and creamy, these mashed sweet potatoes are delicious! Sweet potato mash recipe is a great easy vegetable side for the holidays.
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
These Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes are dairy free, paleo, and whole30 compatible. A perfect side dish with a sweet and savory flavor!
Low Carb Sweet Carrot Casserole
This low carb sweet carrot casserole is a cross between a side dish and a dessert. It’s an easy, keto friendly recipe to serve with dinner.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes are unbelievably fluffy and creamy, healthy and so easy to make. Delicious side dish for a weeknight dinner or a holiday table. These are so good!
Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
The combination of pure maple syrup, fresh lime and toasted pecans elevate these glazed sweet potatoes to a wickedly good side dish.
With all the super rich and creamy foods on your Christmas dinner table, it’s nice to have a little relief with a festive holiday salad.
Below, are several easy and delicious salads that are healthy and pair perfectly with Ham and all your favorite Christmas sides.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
This shaved brussels sprouts salad is the ultimate fall side dish! It’s easy to make and drizzled with a delicious homemade dressing.
Celery salad with parmesan
Impress for less with this glamorous and refreshing celery salad: It’s delicious, light, super healthy, cheap and ready in 10 minutes!
Classic Broccoli Crunch Salad
This easy broccoli salad is perfect for summer picnics or cookouts. Crisp raw broccoli is combined with dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and bacon for a delicious broccoli crunch salad.
Roasted Pumpkin and Beetroot Salad
This hearty Roasted Pumpkin and Beetroot Salad recipe is the perfect fall/winter salad or holiday side dish. Delicious, beautiful and easy to make!
Seven Layer Salad
This classic recipe for seven layer salad has a delicious dressing and is easy to make. This traditional recipe is gluten free and delcious!
Persimmon Salad with Goat Cheese and Oranges
This Persimmon Salad features the delicious persimmon fruit plus fresh oranges, goat cheese, and a balsamic dressing. It's a flavorful recipe that's perfect for the fall and winter months!
Love sweets? Here are some crowd-pleasing sweet sides for Christmas ham your Christmas dinner needs!
These unique sides feature fruits, cream and nuts and they’ll definitely add some color to your dinner table.
Perfect Pink Fluff Recipe
You can't go wrong with this crowd-favorite Pink Fluff recipe! Just mix 4 ingredients together and you'll get this perfectly-sweet dessert salad.
Classic Pineapple Casserole
Classic cheesy Pineapple Casserole is truly a Southern potluck favorite ~ that graces the table of many Thanksgiving and Christmas day dinners in the South, too!
Lime Jello Salad
Lime jello salad with pineapple and cream cheese just like grandma used to make! This old fashioned side dish is a must for holiday meals!
Raspberry Pretzel Jello Dessert
Raspberry Pretzel Jello Dessert is a delicious 3-layer dish that features a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer, and raspberry Jello topping. It's perfect for both barbeques and holiday dinners!
Cranberry sauce — you either love it or hate it! Here are some yummy cranberry sauce options for those who love it and a rice pilaf dish for those who don’t!
Cranberry Apple Rice Pilaf
When it comes to holiday side dishes this Cranberry Apple Rice Pilaf Recipe is one that is hard to beat. Delicious fluffy rice that is full of earthiness combined with the sweetness of the cranberries and the crunchiness of the pecans – it’s a wonderful mixture of flavors and textures!
Orange Cranberry Sauce
For an easy orange cranberry sauce to make, use this recipe which only has 4 ingredients! Perfect for all your holiday get togethers!
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
This homemade cranberry sauce is a 6 ingredient recipe that’s made with fresh cranberries, sugar and a hint of spice.
Cranberry Orange Sauce Recipe
This delicious, easy-to-make Cranberry Orange Sauce recipe is a classic that is perfect for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Also can make it ahead!
Miscellaneous Sides for Christmas Ham
Here are two more amazing sides for Christmas ham to round out this ultimate list.
These classic recipes are sure to be a hit!
Sage and Onion Stuffing
This Sage and Onion Stuffing makes a great side dish for almost any meat, but especially good when paired with poultry, like chicken and turkey.
What is served at a traditional Christmas dinner?
There are many different kinds of food that can be considered traditional for a Christmas dinner. And, this can vary greatly by region, culture, and family. But, here are some of the most popular and familiar foods for Christmas: Meats – Turkey (often with stuffing) – Roast – Ham – Goose Sides – Mashed or Roast Potatoes – Gravy – Casseroles – Cranberry Sauce – Roasted Vegetables Desserts – Pumpkin Pie and other pies – Christmas Pudding – Fruitcake How many sides should you have for Christmas dinner?
Plan to have at least 3-4 sides for Christmas dinner. And, if you don’t know your guests’ preferences, try to stick with side dishes that have mass appeal. What is the most popular vegetable for Christmas dinner?
According to , Taste of Home roast potatoes are not only the most popular vegetable for Christmas but also the most popular Christmas food in general. Roast potatoes are followed by green beans, corn, carrots, broccoli, and asparagus. Below, are some of the most delicious roast potato recipes to try this year!
I hope you enjoyed these incredible sides for your holiday dinner and found the perfect options for what to serve with Christmas ham this year.
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