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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


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


Larissa Taboryski

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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.


Larissa Taboryski


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

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