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Juicy 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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Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake
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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