How to Slow Cook in Your AGA like a Crockpot

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If there’s one more thing an AGA can do best, it’s slow-cooked food, really easily.  The gentle, consistent heat of the AGA simmering oven offers ideal conditions to slow cook casseroles, cakes or roasts at an even temperature with little moisture loss for succulent results every time.

As a matter of fact, the temperature of the AGA simmering oven is equivalent to the low setting of a conventional crockpot. That means you can convert any crockpot recipe to the AGA slow-cooking method. And here’s how.


BASIC AGA SLOW COOKING PRINCIPLES:

STEP ONE: Food must be heated first before it will cook in the simmering oven.  Start the cooking process with either of these two methods:

  1. Bring to a boil on the boiling plate to make sure the food and cooking dish are hot all the way through, or,
  2. Place the dish in the Roasting Oven for 15 – 30 minutes, until bubbling hot.

STEP TWO: Cover food with a lid or foil to prevent a crust from forming on the surface, then transfer to the simmering oven to finish slow cooking for the designated time.


New to AGA slow cooking? Give this recipe a try!

Southwestern Risotto
Southwestern Risotto

Southwestern Risotto

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio or other short-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander (optional)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 cups frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 3/4 cup chopped bottled roasted red bell peppers

Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating the AGA large cast iron dish on the boiling plate. Meanwhile, heat the broth and water in a stockpot on the simmering plate.
  2. Sauté the rice, coriander, onion and garlic in the oil until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the hot broth and water, and bring the dish back to a simmer.
  4. Using oven mitts, place the lid on the dish and transfer to the lower rack of the simmering oven.
  5. Check after 20 to 30 minutes, not stirring, but monitoring the absorption of liquid. Leave in the oven until the rice is tender and creamy but still somewhat firm.
  6. Once the rice is cooked, remove the cast iron dish and add the finishing touches. Stir in the cheese, hot sauce, corn and red bell peppers. Fini!
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Hearty Vegetable and Sausage Bake

hearty-veg-and-sausage-bakeThe AGA cast iron range makes the best comfort food

This supper has it all! Loaded with tasty vegetables, meaty sausage and a crisp golden topping tempting everyone to tuck in. Plus, a sigh of relief for those who do the washing up, as this square meal comes in just one dish.  Enjoy this hearty vegetable and sausage bake alongside roasted red skin potatoes or buttered egg noodles.

Serves 4-6

 

Ingredients

3 medium leeks, washed and sliced

1 lb. tomatoes, quartered

1 green pepper, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 red onion, sliced

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 red chili, finely chopped

4 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp Italian dried herb seasoning mix

Salt and black pepper

6 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

8 Italian sausages

Topping

1 cup breadcrumbs

¾ cup cheddar cheese, grated

1 tsp Italian dried herb seasoning mix

Instructions

Place the leeks, tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic and chili into a shallow ovenproof dish. Cover vegetables with olive oil and dried herbs and mix well.

Place the dish on the floor grid of the roasting oven and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Mix in the mushrooms then arrange the sausages on top. Return to the roasting oven and cook for a further 35 minutes, turning the sausages over occasionally to brown all their sides.

Place the breadcrumbs, cheese and herbs into a bowl and mix well. Sprinkle over the sausages and return to the roasting oven, third runner down, for a further 15 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden and crispy.  Serve this hearty vegetable and sausage bake straight from the oven to the table.

 

Homemade Hamburgers and Chunky Wedges

burger and potato wedges on the aga cast iron range

Ordinary into Extraordinary!

No one will be asking for fast food again once you’ve spoiled them with this dish.  A simple meal no more – the AGA Cast Iron Range turns ordinary into extraordinary, even a simple, family-favorite like homemade hamburgers and chunky wedges.  There’s nothing quite like a homemade hamburger, succulent and full of flavor, plus you know what’s in them and can control their size depending on the audience.  Finish off this delicious meal with perfectly browned potato wedges.  Serve your burger in a traditional burger or pretzel bun and give them a dash (or two) of Tabasco sauce.  Serves 4

Hamburger Ingredients

1 lb. ground beef

Salt and black pepper

1 small red onion, minced or very finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp chili powder

1 egg

Oil

Potato Wedges Ingredients

8 potatoes, scrubbed with skins on

Oil

Coarse salt and black pepper

Parmesan cheese – optional

Instructions

Place the ground beef into a bowl.  Add the minced red onion, garlic, cumin, coriander and chili powder.  Mix well.  Add the egg and mix well.   I find this easiest to do with your hands, use disposable gloves if you’re a bit squeamish.  Shape into 4 burger patties.

Cut the potatoes into wedges.  Line a baking tray with Bake-O-Glide placing the wedges evenly across.  Drizzle wedges with oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Place the baking tray on the floor of the roasting oven and cook for 15 minutes then turn the wedges over and continue to cook for a further 10-15 minutes until tender.

While the potato wedges are cooking, lightly oil the grill rack of a large roasting tin, turn it to its highest side and place the burgers on top. Put the grill rack in the roasting tin and slide onto the second set of runners down in the Roasting oven. Grill for 10 minutes then turn over and grill the other side for another 10 minutes, until cooked through.

Serve your homemade burger in a Pretzel Bun and spread with mustard, ketchup and mayo and adorn with all the fixings like sliced tomato, lettuce and a dash or two of Tabasco sauce.  Serve with delicious potato wedges.

Roasted Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Roasted Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Roasted Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in pork chops, each about 1 inch thick (about 2 1/2 pounds total)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 large sweet onion, such as Vidalia, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/3 cup apple-cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 apples, thinly sliced, seeds removed

Instructions

  1. Pat dry pork chops with paper towel. Season chops with salt and pepper. On the Boiling Plate, heat a large cast iron skillet through. Add oil. Cook chops until golden brown, turning once, about 8 minutes. Transfer chops to a plate and reserving drippings.
  2. In a large AGA roasting pan, add drippings, potatoes, onions and a bit of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place pan in center of Roasting Oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from Roasting Oven and place on Simmering Plate. Add vinegar and cider, mix well and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add caraway seeds, pork chops and any remaining juices tucking apple slices in between the pork chops.
  4. Place pan at the bottom of the Roasting Oven and roast for 10 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chop registers 138°F. Take care not to touch the bone when registering internal temperature.
  5. Serve pork chops with the vegetables, apples and pan juices. Green beans and a side salad make a lovely accompaniment.
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Roasted Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples recipe is a scrumptious meal – especially during a fall apple harvest.  Explore the many benefits to cooking with cast iron and enjoy many fun recipes you may make on your cast iron AGA range.  Whether you have a traditional AGA cooker, or one of the latest next generation AGA ranges such as the AGA Total Control, there is much fun to be had in the kitchen!  The Heart of the Home!  Go to www.aga-ranges.com today to learn more.

Chicken Dinner on the AGA

Chicken Dinner on the AGA

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Chicken Dinner on the AGA

Ingredients

  • 1- 5 lb. Roasting Chicken
  • 3 onions
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • 3-6 whole Garlic Cloves
  • 2 TBSP real Butter
  • Optional: ½ lb. bacon
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika

Instructions

  1. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator an hour before cooking. Next, remove any string binding the legs as they should be free to allow heat to circulate properly. Cut two of the onions into slices and place in the base of the large AGA roasting tin. Add a dash of salt and pepper and a sprig of each fresh herb to the onions.
  2. Place the chicken onto the cut onions. Cut the remaining onion into quarters and stuff into the cavity of the chicken along with several sprigs of each fresh thyme and rosemary and the whole garlic cloves.
  3. On the outside of the bird, smear with butter. Dust with salt, pepper and paprika. If using bacon, cover the bird with the strips of bacon and lightly dust with seasonings.
  4. Slide the roasting tin onto the lowest set of runners in the roasting oven and roast for 25 minutes.
  5. Take the chicken out the Roasting oven and place into the middle rack of the Baking oven. Bake for an additional 45 minutes or until juices from a pricked thickest part of the thigh run clear. You may also use a meat thermometer to ensure doneness.
  6. When ready, remove from Baking oven and place on Warming Plate atop your hotcupboard. Allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Notes

A true family favorite is even more succulent when cooked in a cast iron AGA oven. This simple yet delicious recipe just became easier as the cast iron AGA keeps the bird moist on the inside and browned perfectly on the outside. The capacity of each oven allows you to bake a 30-pound turkey or three 6-pound chickens at a time all the while steaming vegetables, roasting potatoes and baking an apple pie. This same recipe can be applied to chicken or turkey, whichever bird you prefer.

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A traditional Chicken Dinner on the AGA is a true family favorite, and even more succulent when cooked using your 3- or 5-oven AGA cast iron range.  This simple yet delicious recipe just became easier as the cast iron AGA keeps the bird moist on the inside and browned perfectly on the outside.  The capacity of each oven allows you to bake a 30-pound turkey or three 6-pound chickens at a time all the while steaming vegetables, roasting potatoes and baking an apple pie.  This same recipe can be applied to chicken or turkey, whichever bird you prefer.

Explore the many benefits to cooking with cast iron and enjoy many fun recipes you may make on your cast iron AGA range.  Whether you have a traditional AGA cooker, or one of the latest next generation AGA ranges such as the AGA Total Control, there is much fun to be had in the kitchen!

Mexican Pulled Chicken

Mexican Pulled Chicken

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: Serves 9

Mexican Pulled Chicken

An excellent dish for any occasion, this delicious chicken is best served in corn or flour tortillas or atop a bed of white rice. It embodies the many flavors of Hispanic culture with a little American twist. The roasting oven of the AGA keeps the chicken moist and delicious while the hotplates heat the tortillas splendidly prior to filling.

Ingredients

  • 3 long sweet red peppers – stemmed, seeded and cut lengthwise then sliced
  • 1 large Vidalia onion – trimmed and cut in half then sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves – peeled and chopped rough
  • 5-7 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves – fat trimmed
  • 4 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 10 Roma tomatoes – diced
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 4 Tablespoons of Agave Nectar
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon of Grape Seed or Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. In an AGA baking dish, layer the bottom with sweet peppers, onions and garlic cloves.
  2. In a skillet on the boiling plate, add oil and lightly brown each chicken breast on both sides then lay atop the bed of peppers and onions.
  3. In the same skillet, add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil atop the boiling plate.
  4. Once at a boil, move the skillet to the simmering plate and heat through allowing the tomato paste to coat the tomatoes.
  5. Pour mixture atop the chicken breasts and cover each breast well using a spoon.
  6. Place in the center of the Roasting Oven and allow to cook for 1 hour.
  7. Remove from roasting oven and rest on your warming plate.
  8. Using two forks, pull the chicken apart and shred. Mix the chicken well with the tomato base.
  9. Place flour or corn tortilla atop the Simmering Plate for 30 seconds each side. Using tongs, continue to flip until each side has slightly browned and warmed.
  10. Serve hot atop a bed of white rice or fill a corn/flour tortilla with chicken and add your favorite toppings.
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Mexican Pulled Chicken is an excellent dish for any occasion.  This delicious chicken is best served in corn or flour tortillas or atop a bed of white rice.  It embodies the many flavors of Hispanic culture with a little American twist.  The roasting oven of the AGA keeps the chicken moist and delicious while the hotplates heat the tortillas splendidly prior to filling.  Explore the many benefits to cooking with cast iron and enjoy many fun recipes you may make on your cast iron AGA range.  Whether you have a traditional AGA cooker, or one of the latest next generation AGA ranges such as the AGA Total Control, there is much fun to be had in the kitchen!  The Heart of the Home!  Go to www.aga-ranges.com today to learn more.