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Baked Peppers Stuffed with Orzo, Fresh Herbs and Feta Cheese

This is such a simple recipe, basically, you prepare the peppers, cook the orzo (or other grain if you prefer) and combine all the ingredients, then stuff the peppers and bake when needed. The most work in this recipe is washing the fresh herbs, drying them completely then finely chopping them.


For my stuffing,  I used orzo pasta mixed with some sauteed shallots, garlic, toasted pine nuts, and a combination of fresh herbs, and feta cheese. Using a combination of different colored peppers makes this dish especially appealing, they can be prepared in advance and baked when needed and, they are delicious served warm or at room temperature.

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Larissa Taboryski

Ingredients

4 peppers, sliced in half lengthwise, seeds and membrane removed

½ cup orzo pasta cooked

1 shallot, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup chopped fresh herbs, parsley, basil, mint, oregano

4 oz crumbled feta cheese

¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

Preparation

Wash the peppers, and slice them in half lengthwise discard the seeds and carefully cut out the white membrane.


Cook the orzo pasta and saute the shallot and garlic in a little olive oil. Combine the orzo with the shallots and garlic and set aside to cool before folding in the fresh herbs.  


Once the mixture has cooled fold in the fresh herbs, crumbled feta cheese, and toasted pine nuts. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper and if you like a little spice stir in a pinch of dried red chili flakes.  


Now all you have to do is portion the stuffing into the prepared peppers.


Heat the oven in the Convection Bake or Convection Roast mode at 350 degrees.


Place the peppers in a lightly oiled casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes, until the peppers have softened and the filling has warmed through.


Makes 8 servings

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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.

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Ingredients

Preparation

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.


Glaze: 


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.


Serves 12

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