Cooking Up A Storm In A Skillet!

SkilletIf there is one small kitchen appliance that most people can’t do without, it’s an electric skillet. These versatile powerhouses can cook everything from steak to lasagna. They are easy to clean, easy to store and a pleasure to cook with. Who doesn’t love a good fried steak with onions? It’s a great meal to prepare when you want a nice plate of comfort food!

Here are some other recipes to cook in an electric skillet:

Chicken Dijonnaise

Combine ¼ flour and ¼ tsp black pepper; coat 4 chicken breasts (each one halved) in the flour mixture. Melt 2 tbsp. butter in skillet and cook chicken until no longer pink; transfer to a platter and cover to keep warm. In skillet add 3 tbsp chopped green onion; cook 1 – 2 mins. Stir in 1/3 cup whipping cream, 3 tbsp white wine (or chicken broth) and 3 tbsp Dijon mustard. Cook for about 2 minutes or until sauce thickens; spoon sauce over chicken. Garnish with thyme sprigs if desired.

Skillet Lasagna

Heat 1/3 cup olive oil in skillet; add 4 cloves crushed garlic. Add 1 ½ pounds ripe tomatoes and 1tbsp fresh basil and parsley along with ½ tsp salt. Cook for approx. 5 minutes then transfer to a blender and puree. Return 1 cup of sauce to the skillet and reserve the rest. Meanwhile combine  1 cup ricotta cheese, 1 large egg, 2tbsp parmesan and 3 tbsp basil. Place 2 lasagna noodles into the skillet and layer 1 carrot (peeled into ribbons) and 1 zucchini (also peeled into ribbons) on top. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Cover with 2 cups baby spinach and 1/2 cup ricotta cheese. Add one or two pieces of mozzarella cheese if desired. Repeat layers, ending with noodles. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until noodles are cooked and cheese is melted.

Of course, you can’t cook anything without a quality electric skillet! Here are a few that are worth taking a closer look at.

Presto’s 06857 Electric Foldaway Skillet: This multi-functional skillet allows you to bake, fry, stew, roast and even prepare one-dish meals. Features include a heat-regulating function, a clear glass lid for easy viewing and a 6” heavy cast aluminum base. The non-stick coating allows for easy cleanup!

DeLonghi’s BG45 Electric Skillet: With a large cooking surface, you can whip up meals for the whole family quickly and efficiently. Features offer a detachable thermostat, coated cooking surface for easy cleaning and a tempered glass lid for viewing. The handles on the sides and lid are heat-resistant, preventing burns.

Oster’s CKSTSKFM05 Electric Skillet: This works well both inside and out, so you can easily use it at your next family BBQ. A large 16”x12” cooking surface allows for meals to be prepared for the whole family (and guests too!). Some features include an even cooking temperature regulator, and cool touch outer handles.

Whichever electric skillet you use, you are sure to enjoy cooking in the comfort of your own kitchen, instead of relying on fast food on the way home from work!

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