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Semi Boneless Roasted Leg of Lamb
A semi-boneless leg of lamb is a great cut for roasting in the Convection Roast Mode. Not only you get the benefits of roasting with the bone, it is extremely easy to carve nice slices on either side of the bone. Best of all if your oven is equipped with an internal meat probe you are assured of cooking the meat to the exact degree of doneness you want. Wireless probes are a good option for ovens that do not have a meat probe otherwise checking the meat with an instant-read thermometer to determine the internal temperature close to the end of the recipe time will help avoid over-cooking.
I set my meat probe to 130°F and for the most part, the meat was evenly cooked with just a few well-done slices on the edges. After resting for 20 minutes the internal temperature had risen to 145°F.
As a guideline for timing, if your oven doesn’t have a meat probe, the cooking time of my 4.25lb roast was approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. So checking your roast at around that time should give you a good reading if checking the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer.
Because my side dishes were fairly quick-cooking I didn’t add them until I had removed the lamb from the oven. I increased the oven temperature to 350°F and they were hot and ready to serve when the lamb had rested and been carved.
1 4-5lb semi-boneless roast
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp dried herbs de Provence
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves, garlic thinly sliced
With the point of a sharp knife, cut a series of thin slits all over the lamb.
Combine the salt, herbs, and oil and rub into the lamb.
Push the sliced garlic into the slits, cover the roast and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours prior to cooking.Let the lamb sit outside of the refrigerator for at least one hour prior to cooking.
Heat the oven in the Convection Roast Mode 425°F and place the lamb on a rack in a shallow pan.
Insert the needle part of the meat probe into the meat at an angle and slide the pan into the oven.
Insert the probe into the receptacle and close the door. Touch the probe symbol or icon and program in the desired temperature. In my oven, I have to touch the probe symbol again to confirm, so be sure to look at your oven User Guide to be sure you have programmed the oven correctly.
Now set the kitchen timer for 15 minutes, and when the timer has elapsed reduce the oven temperature to 325°F for the remainder of the cooking time. When using an oven meat probe the oven will turn off automatically when the programmed temperature has been reached.
Remove the meat and set it aside to rest loosely covered with foil. Reprogram the oven in the Convection Roast Mode to 350 - 375° to cook any oven side dishes.
Serves 6 - 8
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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.