Heralded as “the Swiss Army knives of ovens” by Food & Wine magazine, and beloved by star chefs including Daniel Boulud, combi ovens are a true game-changer in the restaurant world. If you’re thinking of adding a combi oven to your kitchen lineup, you may be wondering what types of menu items you can create with this innovate piece of commercial cooking equipment. The better question may be “What can’t you create?”
Read on for a look at three recipes adding up to a complete and delicious meal — made possible through the brilliance of combi cooking.
1. Appetizer Course: Maple Pork and Pears with Gorgonzola Salad
There’s nothing ordinary about this amazing, Asian-influenced salad starring tender pork fillet, spinach, pears and gorgonzola. Accented by the bold flavors of ginger, maple syrup and soy sauce, this simple combi steam recipe is a tasty addition to any restaurant menu.
2. Main Course: Salmon with Lemon, Asparagus and Potatoes
It may be hard to believe that one sheet pan is all it takes to pull off this excellent entree courtesy of combi cooking. Tender salmon, crispy-edged potatoes, and perfectly cooked asparagus add up to a satisfying yet heart-healthy option for today’s discerning diners.
3. Dessert Course: Four-Ingredient Steam Oven Chocolate Truffle Cake
No meal is complete without a decadent dessert, and nothing fits the bill better than this silky, rich, fudgy treat. Melt high-quality dark chocolate, cream and honey until it has a smooth, glossy texture, stir in the eggs, then pop into your combi oven. Serve with a dollop of crème fraiche for an exquisite ending to any meal.
The best part? These three recipes are just the start when it comes to the extraordinary versatility and ease of combi cooking.