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Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin
It only takes about 10 minutes to steam the vegetables and make the sauce for a vegetable gratin, and it can be baked alongside a meatloaf or chicken pieces for an easy delicious family meal. This type of recipe is very adaptable in terms of vegetables and cheese and if you like more depth of flavor a little smoked paprika or chili spice make a nice addition.
1 - small head cauliflower
2 - broccoli crowns
2 - tablespoons, unsalted butter
2 - tablespoons, flour
2 - cups milk or half & half (warmed)
2 - cups grated Cheddar
Preheat the oven to Convection or Convection Bake 350 degrees.
Cut the cauliflower in half and remove the core then cut each half into ½” thick slices.
Cut the broccoli the same way and steam the vegetables together on the cooktop or in the Combi Steam Oven for approximately 7 minutes until just tender.
Meanwhile make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook over very low heat for a few minutes taking care not to let the roux get too dark.
Gradually stir in the warmed milk and heat slowly, stirring often until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the grated cheese.
Place the steamed vegetables into an oven casserole and pour the warm sauce over them, spreading it evenly with a spatula.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until the cheese is bubbling.
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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