Strictly speaking, you don't need any special recipes to cook with your halogen oven - you can cook the same food exactly the same way you would with a traditional oven. That said, temperature settings and cooking times are quite different with a halogen oven, so seeking out recipes can be a good idea.
At the most basic level, your halogen oven is a fan oven. This means it cooks hotter than normal ovens. Combining the speed of a fan oven with instant halogen heat from the bulbs means that food cooks far more quickly and efficiently.
A Halogen oven works by circulating the hot air around the food. Operating at a lower temperature than a conventional oven, it still cooks food more quickly and thanks to this air circulation, a halogen oven will eliminate hotspots and so cook food more evenly.
We recommend buying a halogen oven cookbook to help you get started. These books are reasonably cheap yet packed full of great recipes that will help you get the most out of your halogen oven more quickly. Also, keeping a notebook near your oven and jotting down what you cook and how long you cook it for will help you work out times and temperatures more easily.
A rough guideline would be reducing the temperature by around 10% and cooking food for the same amount of time as you would in your traditional oven. Another method is to cook the food in your halogen oven at the same temperature recommended for a traditional oven, but reduce cooking time by about 10 minutes.
What can I cook
Food can be cooked directly in the bowl of the Halogen Oven however the oven works by allowing air to circulate around the food so it may take longer to cook. Food can be cooked directly on the two steel racks (or on both racks at the same time) or you can use a casserole dish, baking sheet etc and place them in the oven.
This cookbook will show you a variety of ways to cook in your oven, using all of the above methods.
The following food can be cooked in your Halogen Oven:
- Frozen food
You are unlimited in the variety of food, which is suitable for your Halogen Oven. Frozen food will take longer to cook than fresh food but will still be quicker than in a conventional oven.
Frozen meat must be defrosted thoroughly first. Use the thaw option on your Professional Cooks Halogen Oven.
Your Professional Cooks Halogen Oven has the following settings:
The lowest setting is 125°C or 257°F
and the highest is 250°C or 482°F.
Though these settings are similar to your conventional oven, due to the unique design of the Professional Cooks Halogen Oven cooking times are greatly reduced as the heat is evenly distributed throughout the oven. We suggest cooking for the least amount of time recommended and then checking whether the food is done. It is much easier to cook food for an extra few minutes if you find your food isnâ€™t ready.
What can I cook
Vegetables will generally take longer to cook than the meat, so if you plan on cooking them with other food you will need to start cooking them first, particularly vegetables such as carrots and potatoes.
Your Professional Cooks Halogen Oven is perfect for cooking all types of potatoes. Baked potatoes are particularly good; nice and fluffy on the inside and crisp and brown on the outside. Cook at 250°C for the following times:
Baked Potatoes 44-46 minutes direct on rack
Roast Potatoes 44-46 minutes direct on rack
New Potatoes 44-46 minutes in water in a dish
Chips 20-22 minutes direct on rack
Carrots will take about 25-27 minutes to cook at 250°C in your Professional Cooks
Halogen Oven. Cook them in a casserole dish or baking dish half filled with water, or place
them directly on the lower rack to roast them.
Roasted onions/mushrooms will take approximately 20-22 minutes. Place them directly on
the rack at 250°C or perhaps in a casserole dish with some Olive Oil and seasoning.
For plenty more halogen oven recipes visit our halogen oven recipe guide