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Oven Baked Chicken Thighs with Lemons and Olives
Roasting bone-in chicken pieces definitely adds to the flavor of this easy to prepare sheet pan chicken meal. Surprisingly, even the olives seem to taste better cooked with their pits, although if I am serving this for a party I always use unpitted olives, just to be safe.
Always wanting to make good use of my appliances I steamed a simple rice and orzo pilaf from Trader Joes and some asparagus. This meal for me is perfect “fast food”, very little prep, fast cooking and amazingly delicious.
4 - whole chicken legs, thigh and leg separated
1 - tablespoons, smoked paprika (I used mild but use the spicy one if you prefer)
½ - teaspoon mixed Italian seasoning
½ - red onion, cut in ¼” thick slices
2 - small lemons, sliced (the mild flavor of Meyer lemons works well)
½ - cup Castelvetrano or Manzanilla olives
Heat the oven in the Convection or Convection Roast Mode 400 degrees.
Pat the chicken pieces dry with a paper towel, place in a large shallow bowl and season with kosher salt and cracked pepper. Sprinkle the smoked paprika and italian seasoning over the chicken and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and gently toss so that all the chicken pieces are evenly coated.
Add in the onion and lemon then spread onto a rimmed baking sheet.
Cook for 20 minutes then fold in the olives for the final 10 minutes of cooking time.
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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.