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Creamy Roasted Mushroom Soup
Using the Convection oven to roast vegetables for soup makes the preparation easier and gives better flavor and texture to the soup. Simply begin the base on the cooktop then dd the roasted vegetables and puree. Remember when you cook in Convection you can cook on multiple racks at one time so it’s easy to prepare several dishes at one time.
2 - lbs crimini mushrooms, stems removed and cut into quarters
½ - cup assorted dried mushrooms, re-hydrated, excess moisture squeezed out
2 - tablespoons olive oil
2 - tablespoons butter
2 - shallots, thinly sliced
¼ - teaspoon herb’s de Provence
3 - cup chicken stock
1 - cup cream
Heat the oven to Convection or Convection Roast 350 degrees.
Remove the stems from the mushrooms and wipe the caps clean with a wet paper towel. Cut the mushrooms into quarters and toss with some olive oil, spread onto a rimmed baking sheet and roast for about 25 - 30 minutes till slightly caramelized.
Pour enough hot water over the dried mushrooms to cover and set aside to re-hydrate for about 20 minutes. Remove the mushrooms from the soaking liquid and squeeze out the excess moisture with paper towels. Strain the soaking liquid through a fine sieve to avoid getting any grit in the broth.
Heat a large saucepan, add the butter and a little oil. Stir in the shallots and garlic and saute for a few minutes, stir in a tablespoon or so of sherry, cook for a few minutes then add the chicken stock and bring to a gentle boil.
Add the re-hydrated mushrooms and the strained soaking liquid and all but a handful of the roasted mushrooms and carefully puree until smooth. Stir in the remaining mushrooms, cream and a little fresh lemon juice, adjust seasoning as needed.
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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.