Why I Love My Electric Griddle
What is a griddle anyway?
A griddle is simply a large, flat cooking surface. The surface has a nonstick coating. Electric griddles have a heating element built in, while less efficient, harder to control stovetop griddles are designed to be heated by the grates of the stove, usually utilizing two burners
What are griddles used for?
Griddles have traditionally been used for making breakfast foods like pancakes, French toast, or bacon. But times are changing, just think … "It's basically just a big flat cooking surface — what else can we make on there besides pancakes?" Once you start experimenting, you won’t be able to stop and “griddle love” will be you!
The Benefits of an Electric Griddle
Just a few good points to mention :
Surface area : The big cooking area means you can cook a lot of food on there at the same time, unlike frying pans which can only fit a few pieces. Big flour tortilla quesadillas? No problem, two or even three can be cooking at the same time
Completely flat surface: The flat surface with no raised edges makes it easier to maneuver a spatula around for flipping
Even heating: While there may be some cooler spots in the areas between the stove grates on a stovetop griddle, an electric one has nice, even heat
Frees up the stove: Again, for an electric griddle, you can plug it in on the counter and free up your stovetop for something else. Think about using it to keep side dishes warm during a big meal like Christmas
Grease drips off: There's a well around the griddle so that grease drips off and pools in it
Warming functions: An electric griddle sits in a frame, so there's some space underneath it that gets warm when the griddle is in use. You can use that space to warm plates or keep the first batches of food warm while the rest is cooking never having to turn on the oven.
As for food, here are a few “starter” favourites to cook on your electric griddle :
- Grilled cheese sandwiches
- Falafel patties
- Savoury pancakes
Other people have highly recommended making English muffins from scratch on the griddle, in fact the opportunities are almost endless….so what do you use your griddle for? Share with us please
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