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Lions Head Pork Meatballs with Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms
These Lion's Head meatballs are quick to prepare and are packed with great flavor. Best of all, the entire dish can be steamed at one time in the Combi steam oven. Traditionally the meat balls are rolled quite large but you can make them smaller if you prefer.
1 lb ground pork
1/4 cup Chinese rice wine or Sherry
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp old fashioned oats
2 green onions, white parts only
1 inch piece ginger, peeled
6 water chestnuts
4 slices bacon, cut into big pieces
½ lb uncooked, peeled shrimp
2 cups chicken stock
6-8 medium size bok choy, cut in half or quarters
8 oz Shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and cut in half
In a large bowl, combine the ground pork with the rice wine, salt, sugar cornstarch and oats.
In a food processor with the chopping blade, chop the ginger and green onion into small pieces and add to the bowl with the pork. Add water chestnuts to the food processor and pulse or chop into small pieces; add to the bowl with the pork.
Now process the bacon and shrimp in the food processor and chop into small pieces, then scrape in the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
Using your hands or a thick wooden spoon, beat the mixture vigorously, beating for about 2 minutes until it's well mixed.
Dip your hands in water and divide the mixture into 8 equal portions, (or smaller if you prefer). Form the mixture into balls and place in the sollid steam oven pan or a large oven-proof casserole dish. Add chicken stock to the pan and steam for 20 minutes (15 if meatballs are smaller). Add the bok choy and mushrooms to the pan and cook for another 12-15 minutes.
Serve in bowls with the stock.
Makes: 4- 6 servings
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BBQ Pulled Turkey
Turkey pieces slowly braised in a homemade BBQ sauce then pulled off the bone and served with cornbread or soft rolls is a delicious easy dish to prepare and a perfect dish for entertaining. This dish can be cooked covered in Convection or uncovered in the Steam oven.
The homemade BBQ sauce is also key to achieving great flavor with this recipe so begin by preparing the BBQ sauce and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. While the sauce is simmering, season the turkey pieces and set them aside to absorb the flavors. Even though the skin is discarded when shredding the turkey, braising the turkey with the skin on does add to the fat content but most importantly it adds great flavor.
For the BBQ sauce
2 tbsp butter + 1tbs oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Combine the following ingredients
3/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
¾ cup ketchup
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp dry mustard powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 cup water
For the turkey
2 bone-in turkey thighs or a combination of bone-in leg and thigh or leg and breast
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp chipotle chili in adobo sauce (optional)
A large oven-safe pan or Dutch oven is ideal for preparing the sauce then you can just put the turkey pieces into the sauce and transfer the pan to the oven. Otherwise, prepare the sauce in an oven safe casserole, and add the turkey pieces.
Saute the onions in the butter and oil over moderate heat until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook gently for a few minutes then add the remaining sauce ingredients that you have combined. Simmer over a gentle heat for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, season the turkey pieces with paprika, salt, and pepper and set aside.
Heat the oven, Convection Bake 325F (163C) or Steam Braising 325F (163C).
Add the turkey pieces to the BBQ sauce and stir in the Chipotle Chili pepper if using. These peppers add a wonderful touch of smokey heat to the sauce. Place the pan in the oven (covered if using Convection) and cook for 1 ½ - 2 hours until the meat is very tender and easily falls off the bone.
In order to “pull” the turkey remove the pieces from the hot sauce and set aside to cool. Remove the skin, discard the bones and shred the meat by hand or with a fork and knife. Return to the pulled turkey to the sauce and reheat if needed before serving.
Serves 4 - 6