This short post is about the utter gorgeousness of owning and cooking with an electric griddle. This is a personal choice replacement for a grill/barbecue. One of the advantages of using a griddle plate is that you can grill chopped items that would normally fall through the grid of a barbecue. Another one is that you can use it to make such things as pancakes and omelettes.
We recently visited an ostrich farm and came home with an ostrich egg. Since one ostrich egg is the equivalent of two dozen chicken eggs, we threw an ostrich omelette party where the omelette – with all the dressing – was cooked on our well seasoned electric griddle.
The taste of the dishes is a bit smoky, but not as much as that of a barbecued item, which is exactly the way we – our family – like them.
Some of the dishes we cooked on the griddle this summer:
- mushrooms (three different kinds for more flavor), cut into approximately 1″ size pieces, mixed with sliced onions, seasoned with salt, pepper and Cajun spice
- plantains, nature (they have a fantastic flavor on their own)
- pineapples, nature (1/4″ thick slices)
- bell peppers, in a variety of colors, mixed with sliced onions, seasoned with salt, roasted pepper mix and sriracha with lime
- zucchini, seasoned with garlic salt
- various mixed vegetables
- calamari, scallops, fish of all varieties
- hamburgers, sausages, steaks and other sliced meats
- buckwheat pancakes
Our only chagrin is that we can only use the griddle on the porch (too much steam and smoke), so when temperatures plummet, the griddle goes into the basement storage till next season.
The griddle we use is the Avanco EG16N, a 120 volt model. All other models in the series require 220 volts electricity. If interested, you can check out this griddle at the following link (quick note: I am not doing advertising for this company, I have no connection whatsoever with them, I found this griddle after scouring the internet for months for the ideal size and price combination): https://www.webstaurantstore.com/avantco-eg16n-16-electric-countertop-griddle-120v-1750w/177EG16N.html
Last but not least, since the griddle involves using [some] fat, I would like to recommend a very thorough book on the subject, which seems to dispel lots of misconceptions regarding fat.
The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
by Nina Teicholz found on Amazon at the link https://www.amazon.ca/Big-Fat-Surprise-Butter-Healthy/dp/1451624433/ref=sr_1_1?crid=T1WDZ8KE3VU&keywords=the+big+fat+surprise&qid=1569852574&s=gateway&sprefix=the+big+fat%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-1
Good luck to All and keep your glucose levels down!
*Paraphrasing of the title of Walt Whitman’s poem “I Sing the Body Electric”