4 Trends in Overnight Cooking

Overnight cooking is a great method for a variety of different recipes that can help ease staff stress and labor. Here are four popular overnight recipe ideas to use in a Cook & Hold.

When most people think of overnight slow-cooking, they picture large cuts of meat that are falling off the bone. In fact, overnight cooking can be used for a wide range of recipes, and low-temperature ovens have become a staple in the restaurant world. Below, we've shared four of the most popular overnight recipes that you can make with a Cook & Hold Oven from Alto-Shaam.

Homemade Yogurt

First, this overnight recipe adds flavor and personality to plain yogurt. All you need is 300g of yogurt and 4 liters of whole milk. Simply heat the milk up to 194 °F (90 °C), and then cool it down to 122 °F (50 °C). Pour the yogurt into the milk and mix it well. Then, pour the mixture into serving glasses. Finally, preheat the Cook & Hold to 122 °F (50 °C) and let the yogurt cook overnight (6-12 hours). When the cooking process is complete, carefully remove the glasses and place them in the refrigerator to cool. Click here to see the full recipe.

Sous Vide Korean Short Ribs

Korean food seems to be ever-trendy, with dozens of hearty stews and savory meat dishes that are worth showcasing. To prepare Korean short ribs, first season them with seasoning salt and drop them into sous vide bags. With a sweet and savory marinade on the ribs, vacuum the bags and preheat the Cook & Hold to 140 °F (60 °C). Drop the sealed short ribs in boiling water for a quick sear, and then leave them in the Cook & Hold for 72 hours. When the slow-cooking process is complete, you can set the sauce aside and broil the ribs for 4-5 minutes. 

Overnight Oats

Perhaps the most trendy item on this list, overnight oats have become a staple of hotels, coffee shops and cafes. To make this dish, get your ingredients together, whip 4 eggs, mix all the ingredients, and pour them into a casserole pan. Preheat the Cook & Hold to 300 °F (149 °C) and cook the oatmeal for 1 hour. Hold at 140 °F (60 °C) until ready to serve. 

Slow-Cooked Oxtail

Have you ever tried oxtail before? This cut of beef doesn't get a lot of love in the United States, but it is commonplace in the Caribbean and South America. Oxtail is the perfect cut for slow-cooking into a stew with potatoes, carrots, and a ton of spices. To make this dish, sprinkle a small amount of flour over the oxtail, and caramelize it in a pan with oil. Prepare your vegetables and add in tomato paste, red wine, brown sauce, and salt and pepper. Place everything into a GN pan and cover. Preheat the Cook & Hold to 257 °F (125 °C) and place the pan in the oven to cook for 3.5 hours. Hold at 158 °F (70 °C) overnight. Click here to see the full recipe.

To learn more about our Cook & Hold Ovens, request A Taste of Alto-Shaam demonstration today. You'll see how much time and energy you can save by cooking overnight, while still producing unforgettable food.  

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