Life All Travel Destinations Entertaining Food All Chefs Recipes Restaurants Wine Matching Wine All Wine 101 Wine News Wine Regions Wine Varietals Home > Selector Magazine > Food > Pete Evans’ glazed Christmas ham Food Pete Evans’ glazed Christmas ham Preparation time Cooking time Serves 15-20 Ingredients 1 x 5kg cooked, cold leg of ham 3 large apples of your choice, halved 3 peaches, halved and stoned Glaze 260g (3/4 cup) honey Zest and juice of 1 orange 11/2 tsp ground yellow mustard seeds 11/2 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg ¼ tsp ground allspice Method Preheat the oven to 160°C. Prepare the ham by lifting off the skin but leaving the fat. Score a diamond pattern into the fat. (This helps to open the ham up and to allow the flavour to penetrate into the meat.) To make the glaze, combine all the ingredients with 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl and mix well. Spread the glaze over the ham. Place the ham in a roasting tin and pour in water to a depth of 2cm. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and scatter the apples and peaches around the ham. Return to the oven and bake for another 30–60 minutes, basting the fruit and ham from time to time. (Be careful not to let the ham burn.) Cover with foil and set aside in a warm place to rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Slice the ham and serve with the spiced fruit. 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And for wine? “The subtle flavours in this classic summer entree need a celebratory Sparkling or a light and aromatic white wine match such as Sauvignon Blanc & blends , Riesling , Vermentino or Pinot G ,” she says. Medium weight and textural whites Adam Walls is a huge fan of summer seafood and while he loves simply serving it fresh with a dash of lemon, he also enjoys adding a few other delicious flavours like in the prosciutto wrapped prawns with a rocket aioli recipe. When choosing a matching wine, he says, “With the rich flavours of the prosciutto and aioli, go for a medium weight and textural white wine such as the traditional varieties of Verdelho and Chardonnay , or for something different, Arneis or Fiano .” Light to medium weight and savoury reds Dave Mavor is a Christmas traditionalist, so Pete Evans’ glazed Christmas ham is always on his menu. 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