Our Favorite Foods From The Griddle

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2012

Over the past couple of months, Dave and I have had to get somewhat creative with our cooking methods. We haven’t had a traditional kitchen all summer long, which means I haven’t had a stove all summer long.

Thankfully, we have a large electric griddle that I purchased several years ago in a fabulous Black Friday sale. We used our griddle at least once a week, even before our kitchen renovations. And over the last few months, we’ve used it almost daily. There have even been days when we make breakfast, lunch, and dinner ALL on our griddle!

A few things I love about our griddle: 

It’s big — I can make 8-10 pieces of French toast, 8-10 grilled sandwiches, 12 smaller pancakes, a whole pound of bacon, 12 or more chicken breasts, and much more. This means I can easily make a full meal at one time.

It is slightly tilted so any grease and oil drips off into a removable tray — which makes me feel like I’m cooking healthier!

It’s non-stick and really easy to clean. I realize there is some controversy with Teflon, but so far, the non-stick coating has held up extremely well, and even the stickiest messes don’t stick! Plus, I can clean it in about 2 minutes with vinegar water and a soft cloth.

Here are some of my favorite foods from the griddle. 

Breakfast:

French toast

Pancakes

Fried and/or scrambled eggs

Omelettes

Egg, Ham, and Cheese sandwiches

Bacon, sausage, or any other breakfast meat

Hash-browns

Lunch / Dinner:

Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese

Panini-style sandwiches with any of our favorite meats and cheeses

Grilled Chicken breasts (for lettuce salad, with rice, or to make chicken salad)

Hot dogs or smoked sausages

Hamburgers

Steak (but only if it’s raining and we can’t use our grill)

Fried potatoes

Fried veggies

Any type of vegetable or chicken stir-fry

Taco meat for taco salad, tacos, burritos, etc

Quesadillas (meat, bean, or cheese)

As you can see, our griddle gets a workout! And although we’ve also been using our toaster oven, grill, slow cookers, and microwave… I honestly don’t think we could have gotten by this Summer without our electric griddle.

Oh, and I’m super excited that our new cooktop has a large cast-iron griddle in the center. I’m hoping it will be as useful as our electric griddle!

Do you have a griddle?

What are your favorite foods to cook on the griddle?

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11 comments

  1. Kim

    09/05/2012

    French toast made with challah bread, it’s the best french toast ever and the only bread we use now. We also cooked bacon on it Monday for the first time and it was yummy.

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  2. Stacey

    09/05/2012

    I have one but i dont use it as often as i really should. Its not dishwasher safe soooo… yeah, i am that lazy. Same thing with my electric skillet. It would make things a lot easier if i used them both but i cant get past the whole “having to do the dishes” thing.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Stacey, we just spray our griddle with vinegar water and wipe down with a paper towel — it literally takes 10 seconds!

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  3. Bama Girl

    09/05/2012

    Hi Andrea! That is so neat that you’ve been able to cook all summer long without a stove! Griddle cooking looks so easy! And the clean up sounds like a breeze! I like that a whole pack of bacon can be cooked at one time instead of in phases! I don’t have an electric griddle, but I would definitely use it for the bacon! It would come in handy when you need an extra eye, as well. Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

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  4. Tammy Skipper (@Tammy_Skipper)

    09/05/2012

    I love ours too but I have a question, how do you scramble eggs on it? Every time I try they seem to run everywhere before they start to set. I’ve never thought about doing ground meat either (taco meat?) You definitely got creative! I was cooking for a family yesterday and was thinking I’d give up my microwave before I gave up my KitchenAid stand mixer ;)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Well Tammy, it takes skill :) I usually pour a horizontal line of egg “batter” across the middle of the griddle and then work like crazy to keep it from running down into the grease trap. Then, once those eggs are cooked, they form a barrier for me to pour the rest of the eggs against.

    Another solution would be to prop the front legs of your griddle up 1/4 inch or so to make the surface completely level… then they won’t run!

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  5. MoneyAfterGrad

    09/05/2012

    What a great idea. I never would have thought to use it for lunch and dinner items; a stir fry would be great! I don’t own one but definitely going to keep my eye open for a sale on them.

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  6. Linda M

    09/05/2012

    I use ours a lot also. I like to use it for tortilla pizzas, stir fry veggies, chicken, french toast, pancakes, grilled cheese. I need to be more adventuresome and try to use it the way you have…for many more things. My George Foreman is on its last leg…instead of a new one…I think I wil try to just do the things on the griddle instead. Thanks for helping to declutter my kitchen of one more thing:)!

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  7. Barbara F.

    09/05/2012

    Are you doing the kitchen reno all by yourselves without help? Mine took two weeks or so with a contractor. I was ready to kill myself by the time it was finished. How you are doing it with an infant really blows me away.

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  8. Stacey

    09/05/2012

    (“Hi” to the Stacey above! Love how you spell your name! ;) )

    We use ours all the time, too. I love how efficient it is for making large batches of french toast, pancakes, etc. that the kids can just later heat and eat for a quick breakfast (I don’t cook hot breakfast on school mornings!) or snack. The clean up really is quite easy.

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  9. stephanie

    09/05/2012

    what brand is the griddle?

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