Are Quesadilla Makers the World’s Best Kitchen Gadget?
First Things First: Get a Quesadilla Maker
Of all the kitchen gadgets, utensils, and plug-in cookers, the quesadilla maker is my very favorite. It takes up only a small amount of counter space and can be used for a wide variety of instant favorites.
The ubiquitous quesadilla maker makes fabulous quesadillas, of course, but did you know that it also makes incredible crepes, pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, french toast, and burgers? After you practice making some of the available recipes for this handy kitchen helper, you may want to buy two of them.
If you are not familiar with quesadilla makers, then go find one and invest in the world's best kitchen gadget. I heartily recommend the Oster Quesadilla Maker—I have used mine for about three years without any issues. It comes with recipe books that you can use as inspiration to dream up your own recipes. You won't even need a toaster because it only takes a moment or two to make toast in a quesadilla maker.
- Depending on the size of your kitchen, you can choose small, medium or large sizes. The small one is excellent for a dorm room if you are sending someone off to college.
- If you have a large family and want to make several sandwiches at once, you may want to check out a double-sided grill plate. These will be even more versatile and may take the place of your skillets entirely.
Bob's Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
Bob declared this concoction to be the best grilled cheese ever. He's a meat and cheese lover, can't get enough of mushrooms and garlic, and also likes a little spice, hence the Pace® Picante Sauce.
- This recipe works equally well with bread or flour tortillas. The meat is from a beef sausage ring that he cut up and microwaved to make sure it was cooked through.
- Also, in the video, I say to set a timer for four minutes. It only takes about one minute. Don't forget to lift the lid and check on your items after about a minute or so.
- With frequent use, you will know how long to cook things. Temperatures and cook times can vary.
- 1/2 cup beef sausage link, chopped
- Some sliced mushrooms
- Some chopped garlic
- Some picante sauce, to taste
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 bread slices or flour tortillas
- Follow the instructions on your quesadilla maker to get it ready for cooking. You may have to rub a bit of oil on the plates before using.
- Follow the instructions in the video. Melt butter and apply it to the bread.
- Add the cheese, meat mixture, and more cheese.
- Close the lid on the quesadilla maker and cook for one to one and a half minutes. Check for browning. Serve hot.
How to Make Pancakes
Any recipe for pancakes or crepes will work. A quesadilla maker simply cooks both sides at once. The liquid recipe or box mix from a store works just as well as any homemade recipe.
- Using a quesadilla maker takes half the cooking time (no need to flip and cook the other side).
- Just heat up the quesadilla maker, pour in about a half cup of pancake batter for a thick pancake, close the lid, and wait about 3 minutes for a sumptuous breakfast treat.
How to Make Crepes
Crepes seem to be the latest food fad. Here's the secret to making crepes: It is a very thin pancake. Any pancake batter can be used—just add more liquid to the batter for a thin crepe-style pancake.
- Crepes are made exactly the same way with thinner batter and shorter cook time, about one minute.
- Crepes or pancakes can be filled with anything you like and rolled up for an elegant brunch recipe or a dessert recipe.
What would you use a quesadilla maker for?
© 2012 Lela