Recipe: Holiday Ham with Riesling and Mustard
Serve this glazed ham at your holiday meal; pairs well with riesling and pinot noir
Holiday Ham with Riesling and Mustard
- 1 whole smoked, cured ham, 14 to 16 pounds, bone in
- 2 cup sweet riesling, divided
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup shallots, finely chopped
- 3 sprigs of thyme, plus 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1/2 cup whole grain mustard
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pinch kosher salt
Makes: 16 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours
Total time: 4 hours
Holiday Ham with Riesling and Mustard Cooking Directions
Arrange rack in lowest level of oven; preheat to 300°. Leaving fat in tact, remove outer rind from most of ham, leaving a band around the end of the shank bone. Score fat crosswise (do not cut into meat) on top of ham with parallel cuts spaced 1/2” apart. Place ham in a large roasting pan.
Boil 1 cup riesling and 7 cups water in a saucepan for 5 minutes. Pour into bottom of roasting pan. Bake ham, basting with pan juices occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the ham registers 110°, 2 1/2–3 hours.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and thyme sprigs; cook, stirring often, until shallots are very soft, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat; stir in the remaining 1 cup riesling. Return to stove. Increase heat to medium-high, bring to a simmer, and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 8 minutes.
Remove the thyme sprigs and transfer mixture to a food processor. Add thyme leaves, mustard, honey, pepper, and salt. Process until well blended. Remove pan from oven and increase heat to 350°.
Using a pastry brush, spread riesling mixture over ham. Return pan to oven and bake ham, tenting with foil if browning too quickly, until internal temperature registers 135° and crust is golden brown, 15-30 minutes. transfer ham to a large platter.
Let rest for 30 minutes before carving. Skim fat from pan juices, reheat, and pour juices into a medium pitcher; serve alongside.