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Garlic Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
There is nothing quite so delicious as a crispy side of hot potatoes to serve with meats, leafy greens or fish and there are several advantages to steaming potatoes prior to roasting them.
The potatoes can be steamed several hours in advance of roasting and left in a cool spot to dry out before slicing and tossing with the oil and seasoning.
Par cooked potatoes will only need a quick blast in a hot oven to finish cooking so it’s easy to time them to be ready when the meat has rested and been carved.
Then there is the flavor, potatoes that have been steamed prior to roasting have noticeably better flavor and texture when roasted in Convection. Cooking potatoes this way elevates them from a humble side to a stunning side.
Steam & Convection Roast or Convection Bake
3 - lbs baby yellow or red potatoes
1 - tablespoons EVOO
1 - tablespoon butter (very soft or melted)
½ - teaspoon herb’s de Provence or seasoning of your choice
Steam the potatoes on the cooktop with a generous pinch of salt until a knife can be easily inserted into the flesh, allow 15 - 20 minutes. Drain and set the potatoes aside to cool.
Preheat the oven to Convection Roast or Convection Bake 400 degrees
Cut the potatoes into the desired shape and toss with the olive oil, butter and seasoning and spread onto a rimmed baking sheet.
Roast in the oven on rack position 2 (counting up from the bottom) for 20 - 25 minutes until crispy on the edges.
Toss the potatoes halfway through the cooking time to ensure they are evenly crisped.
Serves 4 - 6
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Baked Ham with Tangerine Glaze and Roasted Carrots
Since ham is already cooked by smoking it is most often eaten cold, however heated through and brushed with a fruity glaze it makes a great centerpiece for celebration meals.
In order to heat the ham through it usually needs a fair bit of time in a slow oven and to avoid drying out the meat it is covered until the final stage when the glaze is added. However, if you bake your unsliced ham in Convection you will not need to cover the ham and the heating through time will take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on the weight of the ham. If you are heating a sliced ham then it must remain covered in foil to avoid drying out.
1 - smoked ham, bone-in, skin on 7 - 9 lbs
1 - bunch fresh sage leaves
¾ - cup olive oil
1 - cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
2 - cups tangerine juice
2 - tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed
2 - cups, packed light brown sugar
1 - cup water
½ - teaspoon whole cloves
2 - cinnamon sticks
1 ½ - lbs baby carrots
Preheat the oven in the Convection Mode 300 degrees.
Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan.
Score the ham with cuts in a diamond pattern about 2 inches apart and ½ deep.
Season generously with salt and pepper. Chop 8 of the sage leaves and mix with the olive oil to make a paste, rub all of the ham getting into the slits.
Bake for 2 hours.
Combine the butter, tangerine juice, tangerines, brown sugar, water and spices in a heavy medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.
Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, 30 - 40 minutes.
Brush the glaze over the ham when it has completed its initial heating phase. Add the baby carrots and another 8 chopped sage leaves and continue baking for another 40 - 50 minutes until the carrots are tender and the internal temperature of the ham is 150 degrees.