There's nothing better than a homemade ham dinner and a couple of your favorite side dishes to go along with it! Check out our favorite way to cook a ham, plus the best side dishes to pair with it.
A ham dinner is one of our favorite ways to sit around the table with our family and enjoy each other's company along with some good, homemade food. Whether it's for Easter, Christmas, or a normal Sunday dinner, it's always good! However, it can be a struggle to want to heat up the house when a ham usually has to cook for over 2 hours. Not to mention that sometimes you get tired of eating the same old side dishes with your ham…
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Ham is so versatile! Your ham dinner never has to get boring! We've got a ton of side dishes that go well with a ham that will help you to change things up a bit. Just make sure to keep a few of your favorite ingredients stocked up in your pantry and all of a sudden ham dinner can be a breeze to throw together. And no matter what you choose, your ham dinner will always be delicious. Are you ready to get to it?
THE BEST WAY TO COOK A HAM
Cooking a ham is really so simple, because you're basically just seasoning it and heating it up since most hams are already pre-cooked. But sometimes things get in the way of wanting to throw one in the oven to cook for so long. Maybe it's the middle of the summer and the thought of turning your oven on to heat up your house for that long just makes you want to cringe! (Nobody wants to waste money on their electric bill, after all.)
Another reason that you may not want to cook your ham in the oven is that you may need that space to make all of these tasty side dishes that we'll be sharing with you in a few. Whatever the reason, don't worry! We're about to swoop in and save the day… You won't want to throw your ham in the oven ever again! Why? Because…
COOKING A HAM IN THE SLOW COOKER IS THE WAY TO GO
Seriously, it is so. stinkin'. easy. to cook a ham in the slow cooker! You basically throw that plus brown sugar and water into your slow cooker and let it do it's thang. It's really the easiest ham recipe that you'll ever find! Plus, it makes the best leftovers. Yes, please!
OUR FAVORITE HAM DINNER SIDE DISHES
Why get stuck in the same old ham dinner rut? Mix things up and try out different sides! Out of the usual side that you serve with it? No worries, just swap it out with something that you already have and need to use! Here are some of our favorite side dishes that you definitely need to try out.
POTATO SIDE DISHES
Potatoes are so cheap, are a great way to feed a crowd, and you likely already have some in your pantry just waiting to be used! Whether they're Idaho, sweet, red, or anywhere in between, they won't go to waste here. Serve them up in a nice white serving dish if you're feeling extra fancy!
- Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Baked Potatoes
- Roasted Red Potatoes
- Potato Wedges
- Hash Brown Casserole
- Garlic Parmesan Fingerling Potatoes
The list is endless, really! That's why it's always good to keep your pantry stocked with potatoes, among other things.
VEGETABLE SIDE DISHES
It's time to pack our ham dinner with a little more nutrients! You can't go wrong with any of these easy vegetable side dishes. The hardest part will be deciding which ones you want to make!
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Oven-Roasted Carrots
- Steamed Broccoli
- Baked Okra
- Squash Casserole
- Corn on the Cob
- Green Bean Casserole
- Cheesy Vegetable Medley
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Buttery Peas
Pro Tip: You can roast pretty much any vegetable in the oven and they'll turn out to be your new favorite way to eat them! The key is making sure that they don't cook for too long or else they'll turn from tasty to overdone in a short amount of time. Line your pan with one of these and clean up will be a BREEZE!
DON'T FORGET THE BREAD
Is it really dinner if you don't have bread?! We didn't think so. It really helps to stretch the meal further, especially when you're feeding a crowd. Plus, there's just something about bread that makes a meal feel that much more homemade! Try your hand at making your own, you won't be disappointed!
- White Bread
- Hawaiian Rolls
- French Bread
- Whole Grain Bread
- String Cheese Stuffed Crescent Rolls
- Crescent Rolls
- Homemade Rolls + Honey Butter
Who's ready to pull out their trusty bread machine and get to work? Yes, please! Whether you make it in the machine or make it by hand, you can be proud to serve it to your family.
Let's be honest, sometimes the dessert is what makes the dinner! It can be something small or something fruity, as long as it's made with love and tastes delicious! 😉 Try these out and see which ones are your family's favorite!
- Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Apple Pie
- Fruit Salad with Cool Whip
- Lemon Bundt Cake
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cherry Cheesecake
- No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie
- Mixed Fruit Drizzled with Honey
- Snickers Apple Salad
Oh man, is your mouth watering?! Just make sure that you have plenty of people to share the love with so that you aren't tempted to eat it all by yourself. 😉
So, are you prepared to make a delicious ham dinner for your family now or what?! What sides, bread and dessert are you going to try first? Let us know how it goes in the comments!
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