sweet potato apple gratin

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A Not-Too-Sugary Complement to Ham's Saltiness
Putting sweet potatoes with apples may seem like sugar overload, but stay with us here, because the ingredients mellow nicely in a hot oven. Plus, the spuds also mingle with heavy cream, butter, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, giving them, and the fruit, heft and a lightly spiced edge.

Get the recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Sweet Potato and Apple Gratin
braised collard greens

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A Classic Southern Pairing
Many recipes for collard greens call for ham hock, since the meat helps soften the vegetable's strong flavor. And while this version eschews the meat, instead relying on garlic, red pepper, red onion and vinegar for balance, it's terrific with ham. There's a nice interplay of smoky (ham) and mildly bitter (collards).

Get the recipe: Braised Collard Greens

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A Baked Good That's Just as Homey As the Main Course
Freshly baked biscuits are hard to top, but this recipe goes beyond the usual. It calls for a drizzle of honey butter atop the warm cakes, which we probably don't need to tell you brings the traditional ham go-with to a new level of decadence. Even if you don't make the butter, these are a fabulous accompaniment (but really...you should make the butter).

Get the recipe: The World's Best Biscuits
brussels sprouts

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An Easygoing Side Everyone Loves
A vegetable-and-rice casserole is familiar and satisfying, much like a smoked ham. This one doesn't disappoint, although it is a little unexpected, with Brussels sprouts standing in for the usual broccoli or green beans, as well as diced apple, which goes beautifully with the ham. Cheddar and heavy cream give the dish just enough richness.

Get the recipe: Cheddar and Brussels Sprouts Rice Bake
winter kale salad

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A Leafy Slaw with Showstopping Good Looks
This salad reminds us a lot of coleslaw (which we're used to seeing alongside salty, pork-based meats, such as hot dogs and sausage), but with a modern, seasonal twist. Instead of the traditional cabbage, you use kale. You shred the leaves, along with a raw sweet potato and beet. The colors are striking, and fresh parsley and mint add an earthy flavor.

Get the recipe: Winter Kale Slaw
ginger carrots

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Carrots That Taste Like Dessert
This back-pocket recipe glorifies humble carrots, and you can throw it together at a moment's notice. You sauté the root vegetables in butter, garlic and ginger, and then douse them in a honey-rice vinegar glaze. The sweet and zippy carrots are a perfect pairing with ham, which is often cooked with honey.

Get the recipe: Ginger-Honey Carrots