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Juicy Bone-In Baked Chicken Breasts
To serve with the convection roast chicken breasts a casserole that features broccoli and cheese is often well received. To make it a little more interesting and nutritious you can add in some cooked quinoa. The quinoa and broccoli need to be cooked prior to assembling the casserole and can be cooked together in the combi-steam oven or in the traditional method on the cooktop. Once assembled the casserole can be baked at the same time the chicken is cooking.
Making a casserole requires a little extra effort, but it is much more appealing especially for kids than a mound of grain and some veggies on the plate. The broccoli and quinoa can be steamed in the Combi steam oven at the same time or prepared in a double boiler on the cooktop. The casserole can be prepared in advance and baked when needed.
½ cup quinoa, Tricolor quinoa has a nice appearance, steamed
1 bunch broccoli, sliced into ½” thick slices, steamed
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbs fresh lemon juice
2 cups grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
⅓ cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
Lightly butter or oil an oven casserole dish that will accommodate the broccoli.
Combine the quinoa and broccoli in a large bowl, add the salt and pepper, oil, and lemon juice and toss gently to combine.
Layer the broccoli mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
Combine the cheese with the mayonnaise and mustard and spread evenly over the top of the casserole. Scatter the Parmesan cheese evenly over the top.
Bake in the Convection Bake or Convection Roast Mode 350 °F.
If only cooking two dishes, bake the casserole on the lower oven rack. If baking the brownies as well, bake the casserole on the middle rack for approx 25 - 30 minutes until the cheese is bubbling.
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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.