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Prepare the perfect ham. This may seem like a lofty request, but whole hams are pre-cooked, so all you have to do is add some flavoring like traditional cloves. When it’s all heated you’re good to go.
Easter dinner. Enjoy the ham you prepared, whether you decided on a bourbon or blackberry glaze, with classic sides like roasted asparagus or cheesy grits.
The morning after. Your holiday guests will be pleased to wake up to breakfast in bed. Use that leftover ham to make homemade biscuits with maple mayo, layered ham and cauliflower sandwiches, or ham and egg omelette cups.
Other meals. Depending on the size of ham you got (probably way more than you needed — no judgement) you’ll have leftovers for days. Turn it into a sweet and savory pineapple-ham casserole.
25 Best Side Dishes for Ham to Try This Spring
Baked ham is always a great holiday centerpiece&mdashbut sometimes the sides are the best part! Chances are you're familiar with all of the classic Easter side dishes for ham: cheesy potato gratin, fresh spring veggies and greens, maybe even a nice pasta salad. Although keeping your traditional sides on the menu is a good idea, don't be afraid to mix things up a bit! This collection of the best side dishes for ham will give you plenty new ideas. And remember&mdashham isn't just for special occasions: It makes a great great main dish all year round. The best ham recipes never go out of style!
If you plan to bake a lot of sides in the oven, consider making a slow-cooker ham to free up some oven space. Or, if you're picking stovetop sides and salads, make Ree Drummond's go-to glazed ham in the oven. You can't go wrong: One of the great parts about making a ham is that there are tons of different flavor combinations and glazes to try. But no matter what kind of ham you choose, don't forget about the rest of the meal! Complete your Easter brunch menu with some of these easy side dishes for ham, then finish everything off by serving a special Easter dessert that's sure to please.
11 amazing Easter hams: Glazed, slow-cooked, spiced, roasted and more
The showpiece on many Easter tables is a gorgeous, glazed ham. Purchasing a prepared ham certainly saves time — but making your own is easier than you think.
So, we've rounded up 11 of our favorite homemade ham recipes — from glazed to spiced and slow-cooked to roasted — that will make the perfect centerpiece for your holiday table and feed the whole family (with plenty of leftovers).
Easy Glazed Ham with Sriracha and Orange Marmalade
It's hard to believe that just six ingredients combine to make such a knockout roast. The marmalade is citrusy, sweet and just a little bitter, the Sriracha is tangy and peppery, the ginger is sharp and spicy and the lemon juice balances out the sweetness of brown sugar with just the right amount of sour.
Fresh Ham with Rosemary, Garlic and Lemon
Roasted ham is Ryan Scott's simple way to feed his whole family — not just for Easter. Most of the preparation is done the day before and the flavorful sauce is made in the same pan used for roasting.
Spiced Pomegranate Glazed Ham
Cinnamon and star anise provide a warm spice to this delicious glaze, while pomegranate juice and honey add a subtle sweetness to this inspired ham roast. Sherry vinegar and mint round out the flavors for a fresher take on the classic dish.
Five 5-Ingredient-or-Less Ham Glazes
Sunny Anderson loves to have fun with recipes by adding tasty twists to familiar foods. Here, ham gets five different five-ingredient-or-less glazes to suit whichever flavor profile you're hoping to achieve.
Cola Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze and Jezebel Sauce
Serve this cola and brown sugar-glazed ham with Jezebel sauce. Why the name? It's called Jezebel sauce because it's easy to make and gets passed around more than an offering plate.
Roasted Ham with Pineapple Glaze and Bacon Brussels Sprouts
If you're feeding a large crowd for the holidays (or just want to have plenty of leftovers), serve up this roasted ham with pineapple glaze and serve it with Brussels sprouts made with bacon and garlic. It's a Roker family-favorite!
Slow-Cooker Glazed Ham
Serving a ham for your holiday buffet doesn't have to be a labor intensive process. Use your slow cooker to do the heavy lifting! This oh-so-simple method ensures a centerpiece-worthy dish that's tender and full of flavor — never dry or overcooked. Topped with a sweetly spiced mustard glaze, every slice is dressed to impress.
Adam Richman's Flavor Bomb Ham
There are few aromas better than the smell of homemade ham wafting through the house as it cooks. Some ham recipes use a very sweet coating, but this one has a bit of heat from red pepper and ginger. The fragrant, fruity notes are amped up from orange zest and pineapple juice. Smelling this ham is believing.
Pepper and Maple Rubbed Ham with Fixings
Alison Roman is into ham for two reasons: First, it always feeds any amount of people and second, for the leftovers! Also, it's already cooked, seasoned and smoked, so no matter what you do, it's gonna be great. The maple syrup adds a familiar sweetness to the ham while the pepper and chile flakes add an unexpected bite and depth of flavor.
Sandra Lee's Pineapple-Glazed Easter Ham
Delicious, fast and easy, Sandra Lee's impressive glazed ham will feed the whole family and still provide plenty of leftovers for sandwiches, casseroles and other savory meals.
Honey Baked Ham with Orange and Thyme
This ham does not require a lot of prep, it feeds a big crowd and is great served warm or at room temperature. It's delicious because the ham gets loads of flavor from the orange and thyme. Many recipes for traditional honey-baked hams use up to two cups of brown sugar or honey to sweeten the meat. By using juicy oranges, you'll still get a delightful sweetness but save a lot of extra calories.
Main Ingredients Needed
Five simple ingredients and a quick simmer on the stovetop are all you need to make this pineapple ham glaze! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pineapple Juice – I love using pineapple juice to add even more delicious flavor to this glaze. Plus you can save the pineapple slices for a garnish on top of the ham!
- Brown Sugar – this is caramelized while simmering and creates a sticky-sweet glaze.
- Dijon Mustard – this adds some zingy tang that goes perfectly with the sweet pineapple and brown sugar.
- Cloves – this is a very strong spice and is classically used in a pineapple ham glaze. If you don’t like cloves, reduce this amount by half (so use 1/8 teaspoon) or omit completely.
- Salt – to balance out the sweet with all of the other flavors.
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How many servings does a ham steak make?
The smallest ham steak I could find in 2020 was between 0.80 and 1 pound.
However, I went to buy another ham steak in 2021 and could only find 8 ounce ham steaks. If that’s the case for you, you can either cut the glaze in half or buy two 8 ounce steaks.
A 1 pound ham slice makes about 4 pieces while an 8 ounce ham slice makes about 2 pieces.
Portion sizes are always subjective, but because most people go back for seconds, for a 16 ounce ham slice I calculated 2 pieces per person. Hence dinner for two.
If you’re serving Easter or Christmas ham with side dishes, you could stretch it even further, especially if you’re hosting guests with smaller appetites.
Because my 16 ounce ham steak was big, I used a large 12 inch skillet (affiliate link).
However, if your meat is bigger than your skillet, you can cut the ham in half and fry each portion separately.
It’ll take a little longer to cook in batches, but you don’t need to buy a giant skillet if you have a small kitchen.
Easy Fixes for Store-Bought Ham
Don't worry about cooking your own ham this Easter. Buy a precooked ham and spruce it up with these tips for garnishes, glazes, and perfect sides.
Cooking your own Easter ham might seem like a bit of an endeavor. With family running around, brunches to attend, and all the Easter sides and desserts to make, fussing with baking a ham might be the last thing you want to do. Buying a store-bought ham is an easy shortcut. You can find them smoked, honey-baked, bone-in, boneless, and in a variety of sizes to meet your needs. Just add a few special touches to create an impressive Easter spread with very little effort.
Where To Buy Your Easter Ham
You can find precooked Easter hams at many specialty stores and larger stores such as The HoneyBaked Ham Company and Heavenly Ham. Many local country clubs offer Easter hams and sides that you can order, and some churches sell them as fund-raisers.
You can also order your Easter ham from small Southern producers that have specialized in curing ham for decades with time-honored methods and traditions. Here are some of our favorites:
- : Based in Madisonville, Tennessee, Benton&aposs has been curing ham since 1947. They offer hickory-smoked, un-smoked, and aged country ham. To order, call 423/442-5003. : S. Wallace Edwards started as the captain of the Jamestown-Surry Ferry in Virginia selling ham sandwiches that had been cured by his family. As demand increased, he began curing ham on a full-time basis. Now you can buy an Edwards family ham online or by calling 800/222-4267. : Inspired by the techniques used by the early colonists, Johnston County Hams in Smithfield, North Carolina, has been curing country hams for more than 60 years. They also offer a sweet honey-cured ham. You can order online or call 800/543-4267.
Serving Your Easter Ham
Once you have your Easter ham, it&aposs all about the presentation. Make sure the platter you use is large enough to allow 3 to 4 inches around the ham. This provides room for garnishes like roasted vegetables and leafy greens, or apricots and bay leaves. If you want something more casual, serve a platter of sliced ham for sandwiches.
A simple glaze can add a lot of flavor to your Easter ham. Try one of these recipes.
Chutneys are an easy way to spruce up your ham. They&aposre also great on sandwiches as leftovers the next day. Give these chutneys a try this Easter.
You can&apost go wrong with ham and mustard. Liven up your mustard by adding fig preserves to Creole mustard or by mixing Honeycup mustard, which has a horseradish flavor, with sour cream. Try these mustard recipes.
Pair Your Ham with the Perfect Sides
You don&apost need to spend all day making sides for your Easter dinner. All you have to do is serve some premade potato salad from the grocery store, to which you can add fresh basil or lemon zest for extra flavor bagged spinach with balsamic vinaigrette, spiced pecans, and strawberries steamed asparagus and a store-bought pound cake with whipped cream and raspberries. It&aposs quick, requires little effort, and is still delicious.
If you have a little more time to prepare your Easter dinner, try some of these sides:
Serving Ham for the Holidays? These Side Dishes Won't Disappoint
Ah, ham, the classic celebration meal. Affordable, easy to prep, and good for days of leftovers, this OG main dish likes to show up for Christmas dinner, Easter, or any time there are a lot of mouths to feed.
But while serving ham is a no-brainer, figuring out what to dish up alongside it can be a head-scratcher.
To help with this delicious dilemma, we went recipe-hunting. Below, we cover not only the classics (biscuits, mashed potatoes, Grandma’s raisin sauce) but also some unique dishes that might turn out to be your new faves.
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1. Caramelized onion croissant stuffing
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with basic or boxed stuffing. But you have to admit this sounds pretty incredible: buttery croissant stuffing laced with sweet caramelized onions, mushrooms, sage, pecans, and Gruyere cheese.
2. Apple stuffing
Sweet, crisp apples are a natural companion to ham. Whip up this easy stuffing that’s studded with red apples and fragrant sage.
3. Corn pudding casserole
Corn pudding and ham are a classic combo, and for good reason: They’re delicious together. This creamy casserole requires just a few simple ingredients and can easily be made gluten-free.
4. Homemade healthy green bean casserole
Chances are good that you know how to make a classic green bean casserole thanks to Grandma (or the back of a soup can). Switch things up this year with this scrumptious lightened-up version, featuring a creamy sauce and a crispy panko-onion topping.
5. Southern baked macaroni and cheese
Macaroni and cheese with a side of ham — aka heaven. Yes, we think ham is probably the “side” here, as this three-cheese (manchego, Gruyere, and sharp cheddar) Southern mac and cheese is likely to steal the show.
6. Double kale gratin
This creamy gratin is made with not one but two kinds of kale and three kinds of cheese. The crunchy breadcrumb topping takes it, well, over the top.
7. French onion soup
Whether you’re serving it as a starter or a side, French onion soup is a classic Christmas course that partners perfectly with ham.
8. Roasted garlic mashed potatoes
One of ham’s favorite sidekicks is the mashed potato. Take this beloved side to the next level with this decadent, buttery roasted garlic version.
9. Roasted sweet potatoes with maple butter
Who doesn’t love sweet and savory maple-glazed sweet potatoes? This side, bathed in a delicious maple-and-cinnamon-laced butter, pairs wonderfully with succulent ham.
10. Scalloped potatoes
If you remember ham always being served with scalloped potatoes when you were growing up, you’re not alone. This classic cheesy dish never goes out of style. And this recipe is the best.
11. Sweet potato casserole with butter pecan topping
Swap a marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole for a buttery, nutty crumble. This crunchy, creamy casserole is a craveworthy combination of sweet and savory flavors.
12. Crispy balsamic brussels sprouts
These sweet, tangy, and crispy sprouts — tossed with balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, and pecans — are so good that even sprout-averse folks might be convinced to try them.
13. Honey-glazed hasselback butternut squash
Hasselback squash makes a delicious (and very pretty) side dish. In this recipe, it’s glazed in sticky honey and topped with plenty of fragrant herbs.
14. Oven-roasted carrots and parsnips
Carrots are a classic side for ham, but pairing them with sweet and earthy parsnips is an even better idea.
15. Roasted garlic Parmesan cauliflower
What can make roasted cauliflower even better? Garlic and Parm, of course. Buttery baked cauliflower is a golden-brown, crispy companion for ham.
16. Warm caramelized pear Gorgonzola salad with glazed walnuts
Warm honey-caramelized pears top this baby kale salad. Candied walnuts, tangy Gorgonzola cheese, and a quick sherry vinegar dressing make this salad a sweet and savory spread.
17. Harvest farro salad
This harvest farro side dish is the perfect combination of salad and hearty grains. Kale, butternut squash, cranberries, and pecans pair with a punchy apple cider vinaigrette for a delicious autumn accompaniment.
18. Shaved brussels sprouts salad with apples and walnuts
Try a spin on the typical salad side by swapping lettuce for thinly shaved brussels sprouts. This crunchy salad requires only a few simple ingredients and pairs great with ham.
19. Roasted beet salad with goat cheese
Sweet meets tangy meets earthy in this flavorful salad featuring roasted beets, goat cheese, walnuts, and a bright pomegranate dressing.
20. Brie and bourbon bacon jam crescent rolls
You don’t have to make bread from scratch to serve up an impressive (and drool-worthy) roll. To make these, you’ll stuff crescent dough with a quick bourbon bacon jam, melty brie, and pecans.
21. Parker House rolls
Soft, buttery Parker House rolls have a crisp top crust and complement ham wonderfully. Bonus: They make delicious sandwiches with leftover ham the next day!
22. Sweet potato biscuits
Biscuits and ham are a natural pairing, but we like to switch things up with tender, flaky sweet potato biscuits.
23. Hawaiian sweet rolls
If you’ve never paired a King’s Hawaiian dinner roll with ham, you are missing out, my friend. Try your hand at making your own with this recipe for the sweet and tangy rolls.
24. Orange cranberry sauce
This zesty, citrusy cranberry sauce is a lovely match for oven-baked ham, especially during the holidays.
25. 5-minute honey mustard sauce
A sweet, creamy, and tangy honey mustard sauce is the perfect companion for ham. And it doesn’t hurt that this recipe takes just 5 minutes.
26. Homemade ham gravy
Save those ham drippings! Whip up this gravy with the flavorful drippings, and don’t be shy pouring it on the ham and mashed potatoes.
27. Grandma’s raisin sauce
Raisin sauce is a classic topping for Christmas and Easter hams — we’re talking 1800s classic! You’ll understand why when you make this plump, caramelized sauce.
Now that you have these 27 amazing dishes to serve with ham, the hardest part is choosing which one to cook first.
Looking for more? We love to dish about side dishes. Check out our picks for healthy vegetable side dishes and Christmas side dishes.
As mentioned above, our go-to Easter main-dish is ham. However, we have enjoyed other main dishes as well. Check out all of our favorite Easter main dish ideas:
You can’t serve a ham dinner without a good potato side dish. Typically Easter potatoes are served “casserole-style” in a casserole dish with some kind of sauce and cheese. Some examples of this are funeral potatoes or potatoes au gratin. Our readers have commented saying that they have loved serving our creamy potatoes with peas or our parmesan potato halves with their ham dinners as well. Check them all out and decide for yourself what suits your family best! Any of these Easter dinner ideas will be a winner!
Chef, author and restaurateur Deborah VanTrece is joining TODAY to share a few of her favorite Easter entertaining recipes from her new cookbook, "The Twisted Soul Cookbook: Modern Soul Food with Global Flavors." She shows us how to make a cola and kumquat glazed ham and macaroni and cheese with bacon and pecans.
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Cola-Glazed Ham with Kumquat Marmalade
My travels through Asia exposed me to ways to broaden the use of ham hocks that I wasn't familiar with. At a friend's home I experienced ham hocks braised in a sweet sticky sauce. It was quite amazing, and when I returned to Atlanta, I came up with this recipe to create those flavors. The richness of the smoked pork hock marries well with the spices, and the cola reduces to a syrupy sauce that accents the pork perfectly.
Praline and Bacon Mac and Cheese
Although I have tasted versions of this dish all over the world, with cheeses produce by artisans, it still doesn't compare to what I've tasted in the most humble of kitchens. The women of my family were well versed in turning commodity cheese into a liquid gold that produced the best macaroni and cheese. It was a cheap dish that could feed a lot of people. This updated version puts a fun twist on this historic dish and is great for serving large groups, or for a potluck supper.
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