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Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant Parmigiana is a little labor intensive to prepare but by using Convection to cook the eggplant slices at one time you eliminate the most labor intensive step which is frying the slices individually. The sauce is prepared while the eggplant is cooking then the casserole is assembled with the layers of sauce, eggplant and cheese….so easy, so delicious.
2 - medium globe eggplant
½ - cup all purpose flour
4 - eggs, beaten with a little water till well mixed.
2 - cups Panko breadcrumbs mixed with ¼ cup vegetable oil.
1 - tablespoon olive oil
2 - cloves garlic, minced
½ - teaspoon mixed Italian seasoning
1 - 28oz can, tomatoes
1 ½ - lbs fresh Mozzarella, sliced
1 - cup grated Parmesan cheese
Cut the eggplant into ½” thick slices, spread onto a rack in a shallow baking pan and sprinkle each side with salt. Let the eggplant sit for an hour or 2 then rinse and pat dry.
Set up your dredging station with 3 bowls one for flour, one for egg and one for the breadcrumbs
Dip the dried eggplant slices in the flour, then the egg and finally the oiled breadcrumbs and place onto a rimmed baking sheet.
Heat the oven to Convection or Convection Bake 350 degrees and bake the trays of eggplant slices for 20 minutes until crisp and golden.
Heat a medium sized saucepan over low heat, add the oil and when hot stir in the garlic and seasoning and stir for a minute. Add the tomatoes and break them up with the back of a spoon. Cook over moderate heat for 20 - 30 minutes then set aside.
Spread about ⅓ cup of tomato sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Top with ⅓ of the eggplant slices, then a layer of Mozzarella slices and about ⅓ cup of shredded Parmesan. Continue the layers ending with the last of the Parmesan cheese.
Preheat the oven - Convection Bake 350 degrees and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
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Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake
One of the great mysteries of the the appliance industry is that most ovens sold nowadays feature Convetion cooking modes; however, recipes rarely reference cooking with Convection.
1 - cup whole raw almonds lightly toasted and cooled
¾ - cup twice-sifted cake flour
1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
4 - large eggs
1 - cup sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of one small orange or Meyer lemon
⅔ - cup extra virgin olive oil
Toast the almonds in the Convection Mode 325 degrees until golden brown inside, set aside to cool completely.
Leave the oven set at 325 or change to 350 degrees if using standard Bake Mode.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” round cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
Place the almonds in a food processor with one third of the cake flour and process until almost as fine as sand.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the remaining cake flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in the ground almond mixture.
In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until well-blended. Add the sugar gradually then add the vanilla and orange zest. Continue whipping on high speed until the mixture triples in volume, about 3 minutes.
On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the olive oil and beating just until the batter is blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch in the center. Cook in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.
Recipe from “Wine Country Table ” author Janet Fletcher