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Blanching and Canning in the Steam Oven
Tomatoes are plentiful at this time of year and if you like to make your own tomato sauce or preserve excess tomatoes you will be pleased to know your Combi Steam oven can make the work so much easier.
Before cooking tomatoes it’s advisable to remove the skin. To do this in the steam oven, heat the oven in the steam mode, make a cross on the base of the tomato and place the tomatoes in the perforated pan. Place them in the oven and steam for 3 - 4 minutes. When you remove the tomatoes, set them aside to cool, slip off the skins and you are ready to either cook with them or you can go ahead and proceed with the canning.
Before canning the first step is to sterilize the jars. Again you will use the Steam mode, simply place the clean jars and lids in the perforated pan and sterilize in the oven for 10 minutes.
Once the jars are cool enough to handle you can go ahead and add the tomatoes, with lemon juice and enough boiling water to fill the jar leaving 1/2 “ of space for the tomatoes to expand during the canning.
Put the lids and rings on the jars and place them in the perforated pan. Return the pan to the oven and set the timer for 45 minutes.
Place the jars in a cool spot in the kitchen to cool down and don’t disturb them for 24 hours. Check that each jar has properly sealed and store them in a cool dark place until ready to use.
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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