I first had boiled dinner at a friends house and I loved it. The first time I made it I used rutabagas I took it to my future hubby's family's house and his family loved it. I don't use rutabagas as they are very hard to cut the skin off. I find the ham with a bone in it is best for flavor, but you can use boneless if preferred. Leftover ham is great to use in this. I serve mine in a bowl with white vinegar sprinkled over top. My family loves boiled dinner and my future hubby loves it made this way.