The only thing worse than finding a pair of filthy, fermented sports socks under my boys’ beds is cleaning out my oven.
At times it seems I would rather scrub my face with those foul socks than get down on my knees and approach the square abyss to scrap off (with a butter knife ,mind you) my misfired casserole. Or worse, trying to remember to clean my oven when it’s cold. But when my nostrils flair with scorched sugar and black smoke is puffing out my door like a peace pipe,I am pathetically reminded of my folly.
Cleaning my oven seems to take too much time and energy, literally. If I use the self-cleaning furnace version, my kitchen temperature and electric bill sky rocket! Or the Armageddon- worthy gas mask I must use with an oven-cleaner spray is ridiculous or maybe it’s just me who looks ridiculous; clad in gloves to my shoulders, clothed by a radon proof apron, wearing a mask to securely close any open orifices.
I scare myself.
With all this oven drama in my world, I’ve avoided baking some of my favorite recipes for fear of the inevitable “obnoxious oven cleaning” scenario previously described;
however, with the LG EasyClean™ Double Oven Range, all of this mayhem in my kitchen could have been avoided!
If I had one of these, I would just spray a little water, turn on the self -cleaning function of the oven and 20 minutes later I’m ecstatic, “My oven is clean!”
I could have more time with my family, more time to bake in the oven and more time to find those stinkin’ socks!
Now, could LG just invent a machine that will deep clean my house that fast as well?
This is an incredibly easy recipe to bake in the oven, but also one of the messiest which I why I stopped making it for my family.
I just couldn’t take any more singed yam sugar or bacon grease splattered indefinitely on my oven walls and floor.
Even when I took the necessary precautions using aluminum foil, somehow a drip of sugar or smattering of bacon grease would escape my carefully crafted plan.
Since the new LG EasyClean oven can clean up in 20 minutes any foiled plans of mine to keep my oven clean, I can bake yams and pies, bacon and brimful casseroles with reckless- ladylike abandon.
4-6 yams, 1 per person
2 Tablespoons oil
1 Tablespoon red vinegar
2 avocados, sliced
1 medium red onion, diced or thinly sliced
3 stalks green onion, thinly sliced on 45° angle
4-6 radishes, finely diced
1 pkg. of thick-cut bacon
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
4- 6 Tablespoons butter, softened – you’re call on how much per yam…
2 Jalapeños , minced
1 small red pepper, minced
Handful of fresh cilantro, loosely diced
Preheat oven to 400°F. Wash and scrub the yams. Rub the skin with a light coating of oil and prick with a fork.
Place on a piece of aluminum foil on the lower 2/3 rack in the oven.
place the bacon strips on the pan to bake during the last 20 minutes of the yam’s cooking time on the upper 1/3 rack in the oven.
Place the bacon pan back in the oven to caramelize the maple syrup for a couple of minutes.
Remove from the oven, allow to rest and cool slightly, then with kitchen scissors, cut into pieces.
Slice, dice and mince the remaining ingredients.
Pulling it all together is a delicious snap. Make a slice in the yam, push up the flesh,
add a dollop of jalapeño butter for a little heat to balance the natural sweetness of the yams.
Then mound on green and red onions for subtle flavor,
radishes for a piquant crunch and avocados for a smooth, cooling essence.
Finally bring it back around -full circle now- to sweet,
What is one of your favorite recipe that leaves your oven messy? Let me know in the comments for a chance to win your very own LG EasyClean™ Double Oven Range!
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