These are the best side dishes and desserts to serve at your dinner table this holiday season.
Every year as Thanksgiving day and Christmas approach I start thinking about what I’m going to serve for the holiday meal.
What I choose to serve depends on whether I am hosting or whether we are traveling to visit relatives.
Luckily we all live in the same town so we all take turns contributing a delicious side dish to our Thanksgiving feast.
My favorite recipes are the ones most Americans serve for their Thanksgiving dinners like mashed potatoes with a turkey gravy, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce.
Aside from the traditional, I do have my favorite recipes and they are included in the list of easy side dishes below.
A roasted whole turkey or turkey breast seems to be the most popular option, but I have never turned down a honeybaked ham with that sweet crunchy glaze.
What is honey baked ham?
Everyone in my family loves the Honey Baked Ham Company, especially during the holiday season.
I consider it the world’s best ham!
There are locations scattered around the country where you can purchase, tender bone in honey baked hams, honey baked boneless ham and turkey as well as lots of tasty side dishes.
It’s even a great place to stop in to have lunch or purchase a pound of ham slices like you would get at your local deli, except better and tastier.
They’re not cheap, but last year I saved money by buying two $50 Honey Baked Ham store gift cards at Costco for $80 to use at their available restaurants.
I placed a future order for my ham using their handy online app and walked to the front of the store service area to pick up my order for my family dinner.
They extend their available ordering hours over the holiday season as well as offer carry out service.
If you are a traditionalist at Thanksgiving and prefer a turkey, a Honeybaked ham is a nice change for Christmas dinner, New Year’s dinner party, Easter dinner and other special occasions.
While we always have plenty of ham dinner sides, it’s the ham that gets picked over. It’s a crowd favorite. My family is always heading back into the kitchen for a second helping.
And I never let one piece go to waste.
After we finish dinner and head to the family room to watch football, I take my time cleaning up the mess in the kitchen before serving up desserts and coffee.
I transfer the leftover ham slices to a container for hungry appetites tomorrow.
And I always save the hambone to make my Honey baked ham and vegetable soup.
I use the ham bone to make a homemade broth that adds amazing flavor to my soup, and so nothing goes to waste.
Sandwiches are always a hit as are the leftover side dishes. Some reheat easily and others are delicious cold or at room temperature.
The best part about serving ham is that it’s easy to find the perfect side dish.
Best side dishes for your dinner table
Choose from one of these amazing honey baked ham Thanksgiving sides the whole family will love.
Learn how to make these easy make ahead mashed potatoes so you have more time to prepare other side dishes.
These make-ahead mashed potatoes are easy to make ahead of time and reheat and will be the most popular dish on your dinner table.
This baked potato salad has all the classic fixings of a loaded baked potato. Serve it cold on your holiday table or any summer barbecue.
These shredded potatoes are baked in a muffin tin with salty bacon and gruyere cheese and are the perfect individual portion for each person at the table.
Add a dollop of sour cream on top and enjoy!
These potatoes are sliced into thin rounds yet connect on the bottoms.
After they’ve been cooking for a while the wedges begin to fan out.
A drizzle of butter and oil between the slices halfway through the cooking process results in creamy and delicious potatoes.
This prepared potato gratin is layered with potato rounds, a sprinkle of garlic cloves, grated cheeses and a mix of cream and milk.
The result is a rich flavor, the best texture and the very definition of comfort food.
This potato dish bakes up in about an hour and is absolute cheesy goodness.
Country cornbread stuffing
Made with cornbread for a traditional southern stuffing, this dish is filled with celery, onions and plenty of herbs.
Find plenty of brands at your local grocery for easy fixing or make a recipe from scratch.
This easy cornbread pudding recipe features super sweet corn and cornbread mixed together in a creamy casserole
It’s literally as easy as mixing all the ingredients together in a large bowl and baking it on medium heat.
In under an hour and once the crispy edges start to show it’s ready to serve.
Homemade stuffing with sweet apples and salty bacon is a classic side dish that belongs on any holiday table.
This homemade cranberry sauce is easy to make and features the tart taste of cranberries mixed with the sweetness of Honeycrisp apples.
Fill a bowl with baby greens, add sliced pears, toasted almonds and crumbled goat cheese and drizzle with homemade orange and honey vinaigrette.
The orange and lemon flavors in the dressing mix beautifully with the pears and goat cheese.
It’s the right combination of sweet and tangy.
Anjou pears are a sweet treat when they’re paired with blackberries and almonds and placed on a bed of greens and topped with a warm bacon vinaigrette.
This salad is a great way to start of the holiday meal.
Pear and butternut squash salad with a maple balsamic vinaigrette
Juicy pears and sweet butternut squash are paired together over a bed of spring greens, red onions and salty bits of bacon.
A sprinkle of cayenne pepper and cinnamon add sweet heat to the butternut squash and the maple syrup added to the vinaigrette pulls the salad together for a perfect holiday salad.
If you are not a fan of a traditional green bean casserole, then this is the recipe for you!
These green beans are topped with salty pancetta, fresh garlic and a blend of Italian cheeses and roasted until tender.
In fact, they’re kid and parent approved.
This cheesy corn recipe with Boursin cheese is made with sweet corn kernels mixed with salty pancetta and dunked in a creamy Boursin cheese sauce. One bite and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.
My maple roasted brussel sprouts are the ideal side dish for any holiday dinner.
They are caramelized with sweet onions, crunchy pecans and drizzled with a maple mustard dressing.
Roasted butternut squash cubes are delicious tossed in maple syrup and paired with crunchy toasted pecans and salty pancetta.
This side dish pairs perfectly with honey baked ham.
Just like what you order at Lawry’s steakhouse!
This creamy side dish features fresh spinach, onions and bacon.
This delicious side dish is made in under 30 minutes simply with olive oil, salt and pepper.
This cauliflower casserole is creamy, cheesy with a touch of curry. This is perfect for the holiday table.
A quick and easy citrus farro salad with arugula, walnuts and dried cranberries and makes a beautiful presentation for a holiday dinner.
This wild rice salad with carrots, toasted pecans, crunchy pepitas and sweet cranberries can be ready in 20 minutes.
This easy baked risotto dish is made easy since there is no stove top stirring required. Add in pencil thin asparagus and peas for flavor and texture.
This side dish has roasted vegetables, mild sorghum, protein- packed quinoa and whole grain brown rice tossed with goat cheese for a vegetarian dish that is nutritious and full of flavor.
Sweet potato casserole
A sweet potato casserole topped with brown sugar and marshmallows is a classic on any holiday table.
Find your favorite recipe and make your own from scratch.
Maple sweet potato soufflé
This side dish is a favorite from the Honey Baked Ham store and always on order when picking up that holiday meal.
Tender broccoli is steamed then smothered in a creamy cheddar and Parmesan cheese sauce and topped with buttery Ritz crackers.
Topped with a boozy bourbon maple whipped cream, this crustless pumpkin pie recipe comes in individual portions and will please all pumpkin pie lovers.
This creamy lemon base features strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, kiwi and mini marshmallows. No kid can resist!
Similar to my homemade honeycrisp apple crisp, this easy recipe allows you to throw it all in a bowl, mix it up and bake it.
Instead of a crunchy oatmeal coating on top, cinnamon and brown sugar is added to flour and mixed throughout the dish.
It’s baked until gooey and warm and delicious topped with vanilla ice cream.
Red velvet cake
No kid or adult can turn down a slice of this delicious red chocolate cake. Make your own recipe or grab a boxed mix from the grocery store.
The pears are juicy and soft and pair deliciously with the warm honey flavored goat cheese, a drizzle of honey and fresh rosemary.
This easy dessert makes for a beautiful table presentation.
The nutmeg and cinnamon help bring out the flavor of the pumpkin and the chocolate in this delicious pumpkin chocolate bundt cake.
Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar and serve this holiday dessert to your guests.
Traditional pecan pie is kicked up a notch with a punch of bourbon and the sweetness of dark chocolate.
Creamy smooth cheesecake
Follow the recipe on the side of the Philadelphia Cream Cheese box or purchase your choice premade.
There is nothing like a delicious smooth slice of cheesecake plain or topped with your favorite flavors.
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The Best 34 Dinner Side Dishes for Honey Baked Ham
- Mashed potatoes
- Loaded baked potato salad
- Potato muffins with gruyere and bacon
- Honey roasted oven gold potatoes
- Cheesy potatoes au gratin
- Country cornbread stuffing
- Cornbread pudding
- Easy stuffing with bacon and apple
- Cranberry sauce
- Pear salad with citrus dressing
- Pear and blackberry salad
- Anjou Pear & Butternut Squash Salad
- Fresh green beans with pancetta
- Boursin cheesy corn
- Maple roasted brussel sprouts
- Roasted butternut squash
- Lawry’s famous creamed spinach
- Easy herb roasted carrots
- Cauliflower casserole
- Citrus farro and arugula salad
- Wild rice salad
- Easy baked lemon risotto
- Ancient grains salad with roasted vegetables
- Sweet potato casserole
- Maple sweet potato soufflé
- Farm-fresh broccoli casserole
- Crustless pumpkin pies
- Spring fling fluff fruit salad
- Warm apple bake
- Pear tart with goat cheese
- Pumpkin chocolate Bundt cake
- Southern pecan pie
- Red velvet cake
- Creamy smooth cheesecake
- Choose a side dish for your Honey Baked Ham.
- Shop and gather your side dish ingredients.
- Create a delicious side dish for your holiday dinner.
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