Show off your culinary skills with these 5 side dishes for Easter ham. They're simple to prepare, and they all have the "Wow" factor that will have your friends and family talking about what a great cook you are. If you've been looking for side dishes to prepare with your Easter ham, check out the selections below.
- Candied yams. Ham practically screams for something sweet, so candied yams make an excellent side dish for your Easter ham. Spray your baking dish with cooking spray to make cleanup easy. Dump two large cans of yams into the baking dish, then drizzle a cup of corn syrup over them. Sprinkle another half cup of dark brown sugar over them. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately a half hour. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with crushed nuts and coconut flakes. Return to the oven and bake until the nuts and coconut are browned. If this isn't sweet enough, add a layer of miniature marshmallows on top and bake until brown.
- Tangy green beans. Spray your baking dish with cooking spray. Drain and pour two cans of French cut green beans into the pan. In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup of olive oil with 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, crumbled feta cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the green beans and bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes. Green beans make an excellent side dish for Easter ham.
- Roasted potatoes. It's nice to offer Easter side dish options for those who don't care for sweet potatoes with their ham. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Wash and slice four large white potatoes into rounds. Put the potatoes into a large mixing bowl and add 1/4 cup of olive oil. Toss the potatoes in the oil until all sides are coated. Spread out the potato rounds on the baking sheet and sprinkle with seasoned salt. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes or until they are tender and brown.
- Steamed asparagus. Wash enough asparagus spears for each person to have at least four. Dry on paper towels. Snap each spear and discard the dull end. Place the spears in a pot with half an inch of water. Cover the pot and cook on high until it starts steaming. Turn off the burner but leave covered for another five minutes. Add butter and seasonings to make this one of your guests' favorite side dishes, and serve it with your Easter ham.
- Fruit salad. Use a variety of colorful fruit to add a festive touch to your offering of side dishes to go with your Easter ham. Slice strawberries, kiwis, oranges and whatever fruit you have on hand and toss them into a bowl. Sprinkle the fruit with citrus—orange, lemon or lime—to keep it fresh looking and to add some zing to the flavor.
You can't go wrong serving your Easter ham with any of these side dishes. Don't be surprised if you're asked to repeat this year after year!