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.
Fried and/or scrambled eggs
Bacon, sausage, or any other breakfast meat
Lunch / Dinner:
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
Steak (but only if it’s raining and we can’t use our grill)
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?