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Braised Spareribs with Plum Sauce
This delicious recipe for spareribs with Asian flavors from chef Paul Tang makes a wonderful change from the typical BBQ rubs. Ideally marinate the ribs overnight and cook them slowly in the Combi steam oven, so the meat tenderizes and reaches that wonderful fall off the bone texture. The ribs can also be prepared in the traditional manner, covered with foil or a tight fitting lid in the Convection oven. The ribs can then be finished on the grill or under the broiler in the Convection oven.
Spareribs and Marinade
2 lbs pork spareribs , cut in half lengthwise or whole
1 tsp Kosher salt
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp Chinese rice wine or Sherry
2 tbsp ginger, grated
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp plum sauce
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
¼ cup water
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Cut the ribs apart between the bones. Place ribs in a large resealable plastic bag with the salt, sugar, wine, ginger and massage the marinade into the ribs. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. When ready to cook, place the ribs in a glass casserole or the solid Steam oven pan.
Steam Oven Method: Heat the oven to 280 degrees in the Steam mode and cook the ribs uncovered for 1 ½ - 2 hours until the meat is beginning to fall off the bone.
Convection Oven Method: Heat the oven to 300 degrees in the Convection mode. Place the ribs in an oven-proof casserole dish, add ½ cup of water and cover the dish tightly with foil. Cook for 1 ½ - 2 hours until the meat is beginning to fall off the bone.
In a small bowl whisk all the ingredients for the glaze, set aside.
Once the ribs are cooked and almost falling off the bone, brush the ribs with the glaze all over.
Heat the Convection oven in the Broil mode High or 485 degrees. Place the ribs on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet and broil for approximately 5 minutes on each side. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
Notes: remember when using the Broil mode your oven will come to temperature very quickly. Make sure an oven rack is in a suitable position for broiling before heating the oven and always broil with the oven door closed.
Makes 4 - 6 servings
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Baked Chicken and Rice
There are many versions of chicken and rice dishes and Arroz con Pollo is one of the most flavorful, it's a perfect dish to feed a crowd. This recipe shows several options for cooking the chicken and rice in a steam or convection oven.
8 - pieces bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (legs and thighs work best)
2 - tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 - teaspoon Kosher salt
½ - teaspoon granulated garlic
1 - teaspoon ground cumin
½ - teaspoon mild or spicy smoked paprika
½ - teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 - teaspoon ground turmeric
1 - teaspoon dried oregano
Set the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet, and combine the oil and spices in a small bowl and rub into the chicken.
Vegetables and Additional Ingredients:
1 - tablespoon olive oil
1 - large yellow onion, diced
1 - medium yellow pepper, diced
1 - poblano chili, diced (if you like some spice)
3 - cloves, garlic minced
1 - Portugese mild or spicy Linguica sausage diced
1 - 14oz can chopped tomatoes
1 - cup short grain rice or Arborio
2 - cups chicken stock
½ - cup Manzanilla Spanish olives
¼ - cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Cook the spice rubbed chicken pieces in the Convection or Convection Steam Mode while cooking the rice and vegetables on the cooktop. Cool and slice the chicken and combine with the chicken and pan juices with the rice. OR
Sear the spice rubbed chicken pieces in the Convection Mode while sauteing the vegetables on the cooktop. Add the rice and stock to the pan, nestle the seared chicken pieces in the rice and bake covered in Convection or uncovered in the Steam Oven for 30 - 35 minutes.
Oven Method 1:
Heat the Convection oven in the Convection Roast Mode or the Steam Oven in the Combination Convection Steam Mode to 375 degrees.
Cook the chicken for 25 - 30 minutes until the skin is crisp and golden.
When the chicken has cooled, slice it (or leave whole if you prefer) then skim the fat from the pan juices and stir the juices into the rice mixture.
While the chicken is cooking, prepare the rice mixture.
Heat a large saute pan over moderate heat, add the oil, increase the temperature to medium high and saute the onion for a few minutes to soften.
Stir in the peppers and cook for a few minutes until the edges begin to brown.
Add the garlic and stir for a few minutes then add the sausage, cook for another minute or so then add the tomatoes and cook for 4 - 5 minutes.
Stir in the rice and add the chicken stock, cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes until the rice is tender.
Gently stir in the olives, add the chicken and garnish with the chopped cilantro.
Oven Method 2:
Sear the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet in the Convection Mode 375 (convection and steam ovens) degrees for 15 minutes and begin the rice preparation on the cooktop.
Saute the vegetables as directed above in a large ovenproof pan and once you have added the liquid, nestle the par cooked chicken pieces into the pan and scrape any cooking juices into the pan.
Cook uncovered in the Steam Oven in the Combination mode 350 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes until the rice is tender OR covered in the Convection Bake mode 350 degrees in a Convection oven.
Garnish as directed.
Serves 6 - 8