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How to Cook Artichokes in the Steam Oven
Learning which pans work best for steaming different vegetables in a combi steam oven is a process of trial and error. Take artichokes for example, you would think they would steam perfectly in the perforated pan but actually results are much better when they are steamed in a solid pan with a little water and lemon.
If the pans that came with your oven are either too big or too small you can use an oven safe casserole dish. Allow approximately 30 minutes to steam the artichokes, and since it’s a shame to miss the opportunity to steam something else at the same time why not steam some ravioli and toss them with some freshly made pesto for an easy delicious meal.
For the Artichokes
4 - medium sized globe artichokes, cut into quarters, choke removed
1 - lemon, sliced
3 - sprigs oregano
½ - cup water
Heat the oven in the Steam Mode, 212 degrees.
For the Ravioli
2 - 8oz packages ravioli
1 - cup water
Combi Steam Oven Artichokes
Arrange the artichokes in the solid oven pan or an oven safe casserole dish with the lemon slices and oregano. Add ½ cup of water and slide the pan into the oven. Set the timer for 30 minutes. Test the artichokes for doneness by inserting the point of a sharp knife into the choke.
Serve with melted butter or dipping sauce of your choice.
Combi Steam Oven Ravioli
Heat the oven in the Steam Mode, 212 degrees. Place the ravioli in the large solid oven cooking pan and add 1 cup of water for 2 packages of ravioli. Slide the pan into the oven under the artichokes and cook for 4 - 5 minutes until the pasta is tender. Drain carefully and toss with your preferred sauce.
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Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder
Pork shoulder can be roasted at low temperatures and served with rice and beans or over polenta with a side of sautéed bitter greens, any which way it will be delicious. Pork shoulder can also be braised, slowly cooked in a sauce, usually a BBQ sauce then shredded for pulled pork, another really popular preparation.
As with all meats, let the pork sit out of the refrigerator for at least an hour before cooking and for best results, place it on a rack in a shallow pan to allow the Convection heat to circulate around the meat. The pork can be roasted in either a Combi Steam oven or a Convection Oven.
Keep the temperature low and allow 3 - 4 hours, it will be well worth the
1 pork shoulder 3 - 5lbs
1 small yellow onion, peeled and quartered
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp mild chili powder
1 tbsp dried mixed Italian seasoning
1 tbsp Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
¼ cup olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Convection Steam Oven, heat the oven in the Convection Steam Mode, 300F, 150C.
Convection Oven, heat the oven in the Convection Bake or Roast Mode, 325F, 164C.
Puree the onion, garlic and seasonings in a food processor or with an immersion blender. Stir in ¼ cup of olive oil and the vinegar to make a thick paste.
Place the meat fat side up on a rack in a shallow pan. Score the meat in a cross-hatch pattern and rub the puree all over the meat. Pour enough water into the bottom of the pan to cover the surface and slide the tray into the oven.
Check the meat after 2 hours and add a little more water to the bottom of the pan if needed.
Check the meat again after 3 ½ hours to see how tender it is. The final result should be meltingly tender. Remember you can’t go wrong if you keep the temperature low.