A joint of gammon is so wonderfully versatile, and can be used to create everything from show stopping main courses to delicious sandwiches for on the go.
Though it’s perhaps most typically enjoyed during celebrations like Easter and Christmas, there are so many reasons to pick up a ham at any time of the year.
It’s affordable, family friendly, and can be the focal point of such an exciting variety of meals.
The key here is choosing the right selection of side dishes for gammon! From light salads to rich and creamy potato accompaniments, with a little creativity you can ensure that you have a meal that everyone at the table will love.
If you’re a little overwhelmed with what to serve with gammon, you’ll be pleased to know that you’re in the right places.
Here’s a selection of tasty options to choose from…
I always enjoy some new potatoes alongside gammon, particularly in the spring months when they’re small and sweet and full of flavour!
Take things up a notch by making these mustard glazed roasted new potatoes. The mild mustard flavour works so well on crispy potatoes, and they’re roasted to perfection in less than an hour.
If you like, you can pop these in the oven with your gammon to create a no-fuss side dish whilst you set the table, enjoy a glass of wine, or just sit back and relax knowing that dinner is taken care of, and you’ll only have a few dishes to wash up!
Sweet and fruity side dishes can complement the salty, savoury taste of gammon so well, and pineapple fritters are one of my favourite choices.
You can use tinned pineapple for convenience, and you can decide whether you want to deep fry or oven bake.
It’s a great idea to make a large batch and keep some to have for dessert the following day. They’re absolutely delicious when served warm with a scoop of coconut ice cream and a dusting of lime zest!
Pickles are a fantastic choice for what to serve with gammon, and it can be added to a sandwich of cold cuts, or alongside hot meat straight from the oven.
This easy piccalilli recipe is one that I’ve used successfully time and time again, and it keeps for up to three months when stored in a cool, dark place, so you can make it ahead and have it ready for a special meal.
As a side note here, a jar of homemade piccalilli makes a fantastic gift for loved ones! If you have guests for dinner then give them a jar to take home to remember your evening, or put aside some jars to gift at special occasions like Christmas.
Mashed potatoes are such a classic side dish for gammon, and I like to make things a little more interesting by preparing carrot and swede mash!
You don’t need to follow a recipe here. Just cook carrots and swede until tender, mash with a potato masher, and add a knob of salted butter or a swirl of cream, before seasoning with salt and black pepper to taste.
Slices of gammon, carrot and swede mash, and an additional side dish such as peas or green cabbage makes an absolutely delicious meal that’s fairly simple to prepare.
Spiced red cabbage is another holiday classic, and it works well with hot or cold gammon.
Serve it alongside a variety of other side dishes for a family feast, or serve it with cold cuts and maybe a green side salad for a light but satisfying lunch.
Cauliflower cheese is one of my all time favourite side dishes, and I’d argue that it can be served alongside practically any meal that you can think of!
There really is no denying though that a serving of piping hot, bubbling, creamy cauliflower cheese works so well with some savoury, salty slices of gammon.
It’s comfort food at its very best, and its the kind of meal that works so well on a drizzly Sunday afternoon when your spirits need a little lifting.
Creamed spinach is easy to prepare and can get you well on your way to 5-a-day, but it’s also satisfying and a little bit decadent!
It’s popular with adults and kids alike, and my favourite creamed spinach recipe can be made in advance and then microwaved when you’re ready to serve.
A carrots and parsnips combination is packed full of goodness and vitamins, and adding a drizzle of honey for the last 5 minutes of roasting adds a beautiful sweetness that will perfectly complement your gammon joint.
Be sure to add some freshly ground perfect pepper to make this dish sing!
This spiced peaches recipe is one that I return to every holiday season.
It’s beautiful when served in a crispy white baguette, smothered on top of thick chunks of roasted gammon, warm or cold.
It’s also a delight when served with a cheeseboard or a selection of your favourite cold cuts, making it a perfect choice for the evenings when you don’t have the time or energy to cook but you want something that will delight guests and feel a little bit special.
A wonderful little life hack is keeping some tinned peaches in your pantry so you can have a beautiful spiced peach chutney whenever you might fancy it.
Everyone loves potato salad, so why not try a spicy spin on the classic side dish?
Make a simple Indian potato salad by cooking new potatoes and dressing with a mixture of curry paste and lemon juice.
Add finely chopped garlic and red onion for extra taste and texture, and garnish with freshly chopped coriander.
Ham and eggs is another classic combination that can’t be overlooked when it comes to what to serve with gammon!
Make it into a filling meal by adding some great vegetables, or make a gammon and fried egg sandwich. It’s the perfect hangover cure or easy but indulgent weekend breakfast!
I always think that pickles really elevate a gammon joint and make it into a much more memorable meal.
Better still, all you have to do is crack open a jar! Onions are the obvious choice, but if you’re anything like me, you can raid your fridge and find gherkins, olives, garlic cloves, and more.
If you love deep unami flavour, try some kimchi when it comes to what to serve with gammon. This combination makes one of the best sandwiches you’ll ever taste!
I love serving corn on the cob as a side dish, as it’s so much fun to eat, so it’s the ideal choice for relaxed family meals when you want to get everyone involved and tucking into some hearty, delicious food.
Serve simply grilled and topped with some salted butter, or add a generous dollop of soured cream, chilli flakes, and chopped spring onions.
Pease pudding is a side dish originating from the North East of England, and it’s known for being served alongside gammon and chunky ham. It works particularly well in a crusty baguette, with a generous scraping of butter!
You can find it in supermarkets in northern England, but you can make your own pease pudding with a simple combination of yellow split peas, water, and spices.
If you’re looking for an option that’s rich and indulgent, dauphinoise potatoes are a great choice for what to serve with gammon.
What could be better than thin layers of potato, covered with a bubbling cheesy garlic sauce, made with lashings of cream?
It’s not the kind of side dish that you’d serve every day, making it a wonderful option when you want to impress guests for a special occasion.
Many people feel that gravy isn’t the best pairing for gammon, but you might decide that you want to add a little moisture to your plate, particularly if you’re serving your gammon with side dishes like mashed potatoes and vegetables.
The good news is that there are several options for sauces that go with gammon! I recommend trying:
Soaking gammon before cooking will eliminate any excess saltiness and ensure a palatable and enjoyable flavour. Once in water, it’s advisable to keep the gammon in the fridge overnight. Just make sure that you allow it to return to room temperature before cooking!
Ideally, you’ll soak your gammon overnight to get rid of any excess salt. Of course though, sometimes life is super busy and you simply forget this step! Or maybe you’ve picked up a gammon joint from the supermarket and you want to cook it today.
Though many cooks and professional chefs advise overnight soaking, it’s not the end of the world if you can’t or if you forget. Just cook as normal. It may be slightly saltier, but it’ll still be very much edible and enjoyable.
Yes, gammon is Syn free on Slimming World, as long as you remove as much visible fat as you can.
My favourite Slimming World friendly meals for gammon include gammon salad, and gammon with homemade Syn free chips, a fried egg, pineapple ring, and garden peas.
Yes, you can freeze cooked gammon, sliced or as a whole joint. Wrap well in several layers of cling film, and keep in the freezer for up to 4 months.
What’s your favourite option for what to serve with gammon? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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