Riesling Peach Glazed Ham

Riesling Peach Glazed Ham has a perfectly sweet, crunchy outside, and a tender, savory inside. You’ll be the star of the party when you unveil this amazing baked ham at the dinner table. Everyone will be begging for more!

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I always forget about ham for Sunday dinner. Chicken, beef, all the usual stuff, but I always forget about ham. The Real Housemoms recently posted a photo of their Riesling and Peach Ham that had me drooling.

The photo alone had me tasting a sweet, but slightly crunchy sugar crust on buttery ham. So I made the recipe for a recent dinner party and my guests were WOWED!

My ham is was twice the size from the original recipe, merely because it was the only size my grocer had, so I doubled the glaze and made a few minor adjustments. I mean, look at this beautiful bark! Don’t you just want to reach out and grab a bite from the screen? 

Riesling Peach Glazed Ham would make the perfect Easter dinner, but is also ideal for any Sunday supper. Perfect for feeding a crowd and makes a killer ham and cheese sandwich for leftovers.

Why This Riesling Peach Glazed Ham Recipe is the Best

There are many ham recipes out there, but here are a few reasons why this is one of our favorites.

  • Sweet and savory flavors – With both whole grain mustard and peach preserves, you get a delicate balance of both savory and sweet.
  • Different from the traditional – We all know and love the iconic honey baked ham, but sometimes it’s nice to switch it up. And this riesling peach glazed ham does just that.
  • Great for special occasions – This gorgeous ham is sure to be a show stopper at any holiday or gathering- especially Christmas and Easter.
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Ingredients

You can easily find the ingredients to make this riesling peach glazed ham at any of your local grocery stores.

  • Bone-in ham pre-cut ham – The bone-in aspect adds depth of flavor and moisture, while the spiral slicing allows for even cooking and easier serving.
  • Riesling wine – If you don’t have riesling, you can use any other sweet white wine you have on hand. You only need a cup and a half, so you can drink the rest!
  • Fresh thyme – Fresh herbs bring such a delicious flavor to cooked meats like this ham. You can use dried, but make sure it still has flavor. The ratio is 1 tablespoon of fresh to 1 teaspoon of dried.
  • Shallot – Minced shallot brings a slight flavor of onion goodness to this delicious spiral ham recipe.
  • Peach preserves – You can find a jar at your local grocery store. Or if you’re lucky enough to have a homemade version, even better!
  • Light brown sugar – Provides a sweet and molasses-like flavor that caramelizes beautifully on the surface of the ham, enhancing its overall richness.
  • Stone ground mustard – Adds a tangy and slightly spicy kick that balances out the sweetness of the maple syrup and brown sugar, creating a flavorful contrast. I also like the little mustard seeds for appearance and texture.
  • Fine sea salt – Different salts measure differently. Because ham is already quite salty, make sure you’re using sea salt!
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How to Make Riesling Peach Glazed Ham

Making ham is actually easier than you may think!

  1. Prepare oven and pan. Preheat oven and prepare a roasting pan with elevated rack, lightly coating it with cooking spray.
  2. Simmer wine, thyme and shallot. In a medium saucepan, bring riesling, thyme and shallot to a simmer until the mixture starts to reduce.
  3. Add preserves, brown sugar, mustard and salt. Remove thyme stalks and stir in peach preserves, brown sugar, stone ground mustard and salt, continue to heat for an additional few minutes. Sauce should be liquid, but lumpy and sticky.
  4. Brush glaze onto ham. Brush half of peach glaze over ham, making sure to get into all of the nooks.
  5. Bake. Place ham in oven and bake, basting with remaining peach glaze every half hour.
  6. Cover loosely with foil. When top starts to brown and crust, loosely place a piece of aluminum foil over top.
  7. Remove from oven and rest. Check internal temperature with meat thermometer, remove and allow to rest before completing the carving and serving.

What to Serve with Riesling Peach Glazed Ham

This ham is perfect for holiday dinners like Christmas and Easter. But if you’re a ham lover, you can also make it all year round.

We like to serve our ham with side dishes like mashed potatoes, vegetables like green beans or corn, and some sort of bread. Our easy roll recipe or garlic bread work perfectly.

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Variations

There are plenty of ways you can make this spiral cut riesling peach glazed ham your own. Here are some ideas.

  • Mustard – You can swap out the mustard for a different type. Dijon mustard is another great option.
  • Herbs – Swap out the thyme for something different. Rosemary or sage would taste great too.
  • Preserves – If you’re not a fan of peach, you can swap out the preserves for another fruit like orange or a type of berry.

Fun Facts About Ham

Because I am a total food nerd, here are a few fun facts about ham. Perfect for dinner table discussion or that one hammy question on Jeopardy. 

  • There are 13,000+ people in the United States that have the last name “Ham”.
  • National Ham Day is April 15th, also tax day!
  • Country ham is characterized by being hand rubbed with salt, sugar and nitrate and packed in the curing ingredients. It is generally smoked and much drier and saltier than other styles of ham.
  • Chicago artist Dwight Kalb made a statue of Madonna from 180 pounds of ham.
  • Forms of ham are present in nearly every cultural food around the world since pigs are easy to raise, require little grazing area and produce a lot of meat. The names of ham, however, differ from culture to culture.

Storage and Freezing

How to Store Leftover Riesling Peach Glazed Ham

Store any leftover ham in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will stay for up to three to four days.

Can I Freeze Leftover Ham?

Freeze your ham slices for up to three months. Simply wrap them tightly individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag. Or, place them in a resealable freezer bag separated by parchment paper. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you glaze a ham before or after cooking?

Technically you glaze a ham before cooking. However, you will want to baste several times during cooking.

What does glazing a ham do?

Glazing a ham is a great way to add both texture and flavor. This particular glaze adds a sweet element, while also giving a crunchy coating from the baked sugar.

What can I do with a precooked ham?

Lots of things! You can use the leftovers to make ham sandwiches, ham salad or just about anything you’d like.

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More Easy Ham Recipes

Whether making a whole ham or looking for recipes to use leftover ham, here are a few of our favorite ham recipes.

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Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham Recipe

4.50 from 20 votes
Brown sugar pineapple ham is a classic baked ham recipe using a mustard and brown sugar glaze with pineapples and cherries.
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Ham Salad Recipe

4.47 from 28 votes
The best Ham Salad Recipe using leftover ham, minced vegetables, hard boiled egg and a lightly seasoned creamy mayonnaise base. Serve with crackers or as a sandwich. 
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Thyme Honey Baked Ham

5 from 6 votes
Thyme Honey Glazed Ham is a light and flavorful ham glaze recipe the whole family will enjoy. Simple to make and delicious to eat! 
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Riesling Peach Glazed Ham Recipe

4.53 from 23 votes
This Riesling Peach Glazed Ham Recipe is a beautifully caramelized baked ham with peach brown sugar glaze.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 6-8 lb bone-in ham pre-cut ham
  • 1 1/2 cups Riesling wine or other sweet white wine
  • 3 springs fresh thyme
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 1/2 cups cups peach preserves (18 ounce jar)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup stone ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a roasting pan with elevated rack, lightly coating it with cooking spray.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring riesling, thyme and shallot to a simmer for approximately 10 minutes, or until the mixture starts to reduce.
  • Remove thyme stalks and stir in peach preserves, brown sugar, stone ground mustard and salt, continue to heat for an additional 4-5 minutes. Mixture should be liquid, but lumpy and sticky.
  • Brush half of peach glaze over ham, making sure to get into all of the nooks.
  • Bake for 2 hours, basting with remaining peach glaze every 20-30 minutes.
  • When top starts to brown and crust, loosely place a piece of aluminum foil over top (approximately 1 hour to 90 minutes into cooking).
  • Remove and allow to rest for 10 minutes before completing the carving and serving.
  • Let stand 15 minutes before slicing and serving
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Nutrition

Calories: 1305 kcal, Carbohydrates: 38 g, Protein: 98 g, Fat: 76 g, Saturated Fat: 27 g, Cholesterol: 281 mg, Sodium: 6022 mg, Potassium: 1428 mg, Sugar: 33 g, Vitamin A: 15 IU, Vitamin C: 1.7 mg, Calcium: 74 mg, Iron: 4.7 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 1305
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked ham recipe, ham glaze recipe
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About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. Wow there were two posts about ham on the Bloggers’ Community on Facebook and now I am so hungry for ham I can almost taste it! This looks so yummy!

  2. I just snagged a ham at the grocery store yesterday because I was thinking that we don’t have ham often enough for Sunday dinner. The peaches and riesling seem like a perfect match!

  3. Looks like such a tasty and easy recipe to prepare. I will consider this for Easter dinner this year.

  4. I just want to reach through the screen and take a slice! The flavors sound perfect!

  5. This sounds fantastic and just in time for Easter menu planning! I think wine is so versatile in cooking (and often overlooked). This is a great idea!

  6. This recipe sounds and looks heavenly! My cousin is having her baby today and this will be great to take over to them for when she returns home. They both loooove ham!