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Toaster Ovens


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Most of us use those toaster ovens for reheating or cooking various things.

I have one that I think is a little out there but so outrageously satisfying.

So I am wondering what other ideas for the use of this horizontal toaster

appliance can be put to some outrageous gluttony.

When I see the ends of domestic muenster cheese at the supermarket, I mean

the orangey, thick ends, I am thinking toaster oven.

Cover the pan with foil and set those controls on 450 or broil and place the cheese

in the oven.

A few minutes later this is what you have. A partly crusty melange of hot, soft,

oily, chewey, gooey and salty heaven. Just eat it and your good until morning.

I mean its quick, its inexpensive, your not using the big oven, no bread, no meat,

but it is so good.

Anyone care to share your culinary secrets?

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I've done both boneless prime rib and pork roasts in my convection toaster oven. I also do baked brie in puff pastry in it often. Roasted garlic comes to mind as a perfect use for toaster ovens without having to heat up your big oven and your entire kitchen.

Marlene

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I use mine for the usual things like baked potatoes or even oven fries if there are not too many to fit on the little tray. Roasted garlic I always do in the toster oven. When making a frittata the other day I placed the pan in the toaster oven even though I couldn't close the door to frim up the top before flipping. I could have left it in the oven and not flipped it but I was impatient.

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My sister used to get these individual-sized cookie dough balls, and we would often make two or so at a time in the toaster oven. Worked great, I must say.

Toaster ovens are fabulous. I really don't understand why anyone would have one of those standing toasters when toaster ovens work better and have many more uses.

-Sounds awfully rich!

-It is! That's why I serve it with ice cream to cut the sweetness!

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When I was in college, I was pretty much limited to my hot pot and a toaster oven for my culinary adventures. Best things I made in the toaster oven were brownies or bread - got a box of one of those bread mixes, kneaded it on my little plastic table (cleaned it well first!) and baked off rolls for later consumption. I had to do them in batches, but it worked well.

When I was a young kid, we used to use the toaster oven for melting margarine containers down into flat disks, which amused us no end. But I don't think that's quite the kind of thing you're looking for :biggrin:!

Marcia.

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Homemade corn tortilla chips with some homemade refried pintos, topped with Herdez salsa and good cheese (three year old Cabot cheddar works.)

Preheat to 400-450, then turn down to 300 when putting the tray in. That way beans get heated before top element melts cheese too fast.

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I always made baked potatoes in the regular oven until about a month ago. There were a bunch of things in the regular oven and I didn't have room for the potatoes, so I stuck them in the toaster oven.

I am now a convert. They came out so much better -- skins were so crispy and just the overall texture was signifcantly improved.

I usually make a few extra and then over the next day or 2, slice them up, coat with a little olive oil (or Pam), salt & pepper and reheat the slices in the toaster oven. A good alternative to french fries for my 2 year old.

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Roasted tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, etc.  I've got an old Toastmaster that pre-dates safety features.  Love it!

The old small, 1500 watt models are great, as they provide a lot of intense heat and can even be used as a small salamander/broiler. Great for fish, chicken, or finishing a gratin. Mine has no safety features, so it must be watched while grilling.

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