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25 Best Christmas Dinner Sides to go with Ham

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If you’re looking for some delicious side dishes to go with your Christmas ham, look no further! Here is a collection of 25 amazing recipes that will pair perfectly with ham and bring the festive flavor you are looking for.

Scalloped potatoes are a creamy, cheesy, classic side dish that pairs beautifully with ham.

Lovely fresh green beans pair with pecans that bring crunch and hint of sweetness.

These roasted Brussel sprouts are beautifully brown and roasted and bring the fall flavor with rich balsamic vinegar and tangy dried cranberries.

Popovers are a unique side dish to bring to your Christmas. This quick bread is crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. All they need is a little butter to be the perfect bite.

Cranberry sauce is a classic with a turkey dinner but what do you do with that cranberry sauce when you are having ham? You make cranberry salad! This salad turns cranberry sauce into a fluffy, fruity salad with crunchy pecans.

Sweet potato biscuits are fluffy, a little sweet and full of warm spices that make you think of Christmas!

This creamy, buttery casserole will be a flavorful and colorful addition to your Christmas dinner!

Salad is a great way to add some freshness to an otherwise heavy meal. Since December is National Pear Month use those delicious sweet pears to make a salad that is bursting with flavor.

Whether topped with butter or jam or nothing at all, rolls are a classic staple for Christmas dinner for a reason!

Add a unique spin to Christmas dinner with jalapeno popper stuffed mushrooms. The spice pairs nicely with the salty ham and is a nice alternative to serving casserole.

Roasted carrots are a great option for Christmas dinner since they are available, and delicious, year round. The honey and garlic glaze will take them over the top!

Another fresh salad has made the list! It has crisp apples, crunchy pecans and a unique pumpkin dressing. It may be a “fall” salad but it works great in the winter months as well.

This wild rice pilaf can be a nice addition to your meal or an alternative to serving mashed potatoes. It brings seasonal flair with the addition of dried cranberries and pecans.

Stuffed sweet potatoes are a fun spin on the sweet potato casserole. The maple and walnut perfectly complements the sweet potato.

I love having fresh vegetables with my Christmas dinner but the basic veggie tray gets pretty old. This shredded Brussel sprout salad adds fresh, crisp veggies to the meal while still giving lots of flavor.

If you’re looking for something different than basic mashed potatoes, this twice baked potato casserole may be just the thing!

Delicious and gorgeous, this golden Christmas tree bread will be centerpiece of your Christmas dinner!

I don’t think I could make a list about Christmas dinner without including mashed potatoes. But instead of basic mashed potatoes, consider these flavorful roasted garlic mashed potatoes.

According to many people, including my husband, Martha Stewart’s macaroni and cheese is the best homemade macaroni and cheese. It also will go perfectly with your Christmas ham!

Here is another great alternative if you don’t want mashed potatoes this year. These smashed potatoes are still creamy and delicious but also are full of buttery garlic flavor.

Don’t let this one intimidate you, it really is much more simple than it looks. But it is so gorgeous it is sure to wow at your Christmas dinner.

Dress up those peas sitting beside your holiday ham with a little parmesan, onion and butter. The best part is that this recipe uses frozen peas so not only is it delicious, it is incredibly easy.

If you have never had pork with apples then you are missing out! These cinnamon baked apples are a sweet, festive addition to your Christmas dinner.

I’m continuing the veggie theme from above with roasted cauliflower. Roasted cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables and goes nicely with salty ham. I chose a frozen cauliflower recipe to cut down on the amount of prep time needed.

Rounding out the list is roasted acorn squash with maple glaze. If you have seen acorn squash at the store but weren’t sure what to do with them, then here’s your answer!

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Hello! I'm Nichole and I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I have a bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science and a master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I love cooking, baking and anything food related. I look forward to teaching you more about food and sharing my favorite recipes with you. Enjoy!

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