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Roasted Potato Salad with Green Beans and Tomatoes & Balsamic Vinaigrette
Serving a warm or room temperature potato salad with a light vinaigrette is a delicious and safe option for a BBQ or buffet. The potatoes can be cut in advance and combined with the olive oil and seasoning but remember not to add salt until they are ready to go into the oven.
The potatoes take approximately 30 minutes to roast. I added the green beans to the tray during the last ten minutes of cooking.
I served my potato green bean salad with some chopped sugar plum tomatoes combined with finely minced sweet onion and fresh basil and a splash of golden balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
2 lbs golden potatoes, cut into 1” wedges
½ tsp of mixed Italian seasoning
¼ tsp smoked paprika
½ lb fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into thirds, very lightly tossed in olive oil
2 cups chopped ripe sugar plum or other small sweet tomatoes
½ sweet onion or 1 shallot, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp golden balsamic vinegar
Heat the oven in the Convection Bake or Convection Roast Mode at 375 degrees. If cooking other foods at the same time place the potatoes on the lower rack in the oven.
Combine the potatoes with the seasoning in a bowl and toss with olive oil to coat. Kosher salt can be added just before the potatoes go into the oven. Spread the potatoes on a rimmed baking pan and cook for 20 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven, turn the potatoes and push to one side. Add the green beans to the pan, return it to the oven and cook for another 10 - 12 minutes until the potatoes are crisp and the green beans are tender.
Combine the chopped tomatoes with the onion, basil, olive oil, and vinegar, and season with some good sea salt. Set aside until needed.
Transfer the potatoes and green beans to a wide shallow serving bowl or dish and cool for about 10 minutes. Garnish with the tomatoes prior to serving.
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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.