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Paella with Steamed Mussels and Shrimp

Paella is essentially a fairly simple dish to prepare but depending on the recipe you choose the challenge can be the different cooking times for the proteins. My solution is to prepare the base of the Paella on the cook top and to cook the proteins separately in the Combi Steam and Convection ovens. 

This method will also be helpful if you don’t have a large enough pan for cooking Paella as this way you can ensure the rice is perfectly cooked before you add the final touches. I am going to steam the quick cooking mussels in the Combi Steam Oven while the seafood blend of shrimp, scallops and calamari will be broiled in the Convection oven.

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½  cup white wine

2 cups seafood or chicken stock

Pinch of saffron

2 tbsp olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp mild Spanish smoked paprika

3 Roma tomatoes, peeled and chopped

1 Spanish chorizo sausage, diced

1 cup Bomba rice or Arborio rice

½ cup Italian parsley leaves, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 lemon, zest only

1lb cleaned mussels

1lb seafood blend of shrimp, scallops and calamari


Larissa Taboryski


Allow approximately 25 minutes to cook the rice and 4 - 5 minutes to cook the seafood.

Combine the stock and wine and bring to a gentle simmer, stir in the pinch of saffron and keep warm until needed.

Heat a large wide skillet over moderate heat and when hot add the oil. When the oil is shimmering, stir in the onion and cook for a few minutes until translucent. Stir in the garlic., smoked paprika, chopped tomatoes and chorizo and cook for 3 - 4 minutes. Now stir in the rice and a good pinch of Kosher salt. Pour the stock over the rice and cook uncovered over moderate heat stirring occasionally for 25 - 30 minutes until the liquid has completely evaporated.

Preparing the Seafood for Cooking

Combine the parsley, garlic and lemon zest in a small bowl and set aside.

Place the mussels in the solid steam oven pan, add ½ a cup of water and a teaspoon of the parsley garlic lemon mixture. Cook the mussels in the Steam Mode 212 ℉ for 4 - 5 minutes until the shells have opened.

Toss the seafood blend with a little olive oil and a light dusting of smoked paprika and spread onto a foil lined rimmed baking sheet. Place an oven rack on the highest level in the Convection oven and heat the oven in the Broil mode 475 °F.

Spoon the cooked seafood over the cooked rice and garnish with the remainder of the parsley, garlic, lemon mixture.

Serves 4

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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.


Larissa Taboryski



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


Oven Options:

  1. 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

  2. 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

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