I needed to make a lamb jus for a group combi steam oven cooking class this week. See the review from Jen about the class here. Instead of cooking it on the cooktop as I normally do I decided to utilise the fact that I had to roast the bones in the combi first so I may as well switch modes to steam and finish cooking my stock in there.
Soups and stocks are one thing that I haven’t done yet in the steam oven. No reason, just haven’t got around to it. I did buy a deeper stainless steel solid tray that I can use which will be perfect for this occasion. Certainly an easy way to make a stock as you don’t have to be watching it on the cooktop and you can even leave it unattended (apart from having to refill the water container). Check your manufacturers information to see how long your water container will last before it needs a refill.
Whilst the whole process took a long time it was worth it!
2kg lamb bones & meat such as neck chops. I also used two large veal osso bucco bones.
1 onion, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
1 stick celery, sliced
2 bay leaves
few black peppercorns
Water to cover
(Plus extra ingredients listed below)
- If you are using lamb chops then trim of any excess, visible fat.
- In a deep dish roast all the bones & chops in the combi on Fan forced @ 180°C for 30-45 minutes until well browned. If you are using just bones then they should be well browned too.
- Add all other ingredients. Don’t worry about removing the fat we will deal with that later. Just cover meat & vegetables with water and switch combi to steam only 100°C and cook for 3 hours. Make sure that your dish isn’t too full as the steam oven will add more liquid over the cooking time. This will actually dilute the stock a little so keep the liquid to a minimum. Just covering the meat and vegetables is fine. Interesting, but for some reason there didn’t appear to be any scum to skim off the top as you normally get when cooking a stock.
- Stain into a large bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight to let the fat rise to the top. Remove. You should have a rich, jellied stock.
- Next day pour into a large saucepan add the following:-
4 cloves garlic, sliced
handful of fresh rosemary and thyme
2 large ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
200ml good white wine
1 tbsp orange marmalade
- Boil to reduce by half. Season to taste with a dash of thick Malaysian ‘caramel’ soy sauce which will darken it up, sea salt and black pepper.
- Strain again and set aside to cool.
You should have a thick, delicious jus 🙂
Note: If it is not thick enough then mix a slurry of 1 teaspoon of cornflour with a little water and stir in over the heat. Bring to the boil to cook off the flour for one minute and it should bring it together. Do not over-thicken otherwise you will have gravy…..