How to Cook in an Electric Roaster

Updated on October 3, 2018
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How I Use My Electric Roaster Oven

My electric roaster oven is one of my favorite appliances, and it's so easy to cook with. I find it to be very versatile in that it will not only cook a delicious holiday turkey, but it will also bake, steam, slow-cook, and warm other food items—all of which makes this a must-have kitchen appliance.

My electric roaster gives me a second oven which comes in handy at the holidays when I have my family over for a holiday feast. Putting my turkey or ham in the roaster lets me put my special yam casserole and pies in the regular oven.

An electric roaster oven is also great for potlucks and block parties doubling as a buffet server once the food is cooked and ready to serve. I work at a retirement community that holds large holiday potlucks and big dinners. We have at least 12 large electric roasters to use for these food events; chili dinners to holiday turkeys for 200!

Electric roaster ovens range from a small 5 quart to a large 22-quart size. Some come with buffet pans so you can use the roaster as a buffet server. You will find stainless steel models to enamel and even porcelain models. I love my stainless steel roaster oven and find it cleans up so nicely. I store my electric roaster in the garage cabinet until I need it.

Roasting in a Conventional Oven versus a Portable Oven

Each year most of us have a large holiday meal that requires roasting a large turkey, ham or roast beef. Have you given much thought to your choice of how to roast this poultry or meat? Do you have a choice between your conventional oven and a portable electric oven, if not, which do you think you would prefer?

For many years I baked our family turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas in a conventional oven. It always turned out delicious but what I found for challenges is how to bake other side dishes and desserts while a turkey is baking for hours and hours in the kitchen oven. Then I discovered the portable electric roaster.

With the addition to the electric roaster oven, I now have a second oven in my kitchen. I own a large 22-quart roaster which will hold up to a 25-pound turkey. That is important when you are hosting a family dinner for 15 guests or more each year. I was impressed on how the portable oven bakes or roasts the turkey as quickly as the conventional oven. I am able to put in my sweet potato casserole and green beans in the regular oven at the same time now.

For me, having an electric Roaster Oven is a great addition to my kitchen. I have even cooked 2 large chickens and a ham in the roaster leaving my oven free for baking pies or side dishes at the same time. I do not choose one over the other but recommend using both for your holiday dinners.

Shopping List

Don't Forget:

Turkey

Poultry Seasoning

Chicken Broth

Butter

Stuffing Mix

Celery & Onion

Turkey Laces

Baster

Meat Thermometer

How to Bake a Juicy Turkey

Turkeys normally come in sizes from 12 pounds all the way up to 25 pounds. Depending on the size of your holiday dinner party, you will buy a turkey to feed approximately 1/4 to 1/2 pound per person. I like to buy two smaller turkeys for our large family of 14 people instead of one very large one. The smaller turkeys can be a little more tender and juicy. Plus we have 4 legs and 4 wings for those who like them. I cook one in my roaster oven and my daughter-in-law cooks the other one in hers.

A large 22-quart electric roaster oven with its domed lid can fit up to a 25-pound turkey.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 3-4 hours

Serves: 12-14

Ingredients

  • fresh or frozen-thawed turkey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 15 oz can chicken broth
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 medium onion
  • whole garlic cloves
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 2 T poultry seasoning
  • 2 T parsley
  • onion powder
  • turkey laces

Instructions

  1. Turn on electric roaster oven to 350 degrees. Place turkey on stainless steel rack, breast-side up. Remove any packages stuck in the neck and back cavities. Pour chicken broth in bottom of roaster pan. Cut raw celery, onion, apple, orange and garlic into large chunks. Place all inside turkey cavity. (I do not stuff my turkey, but make the stuffing separately in the regular oven.) Tie the legs together to hold the raw vegetables and fruit in during roasting.
  2. I rub the entire skin of the raw turkey with olive oil instead of butter. Sprinkle seasonings, parsley and onion powder over the oiled turkey. Roast according to directions which is approximately 13 to 15 minutes per pound, basting every 15 to 30 minutes. Roast until the center temperature reaches 180 degrees or the pop-up timer is up. Remove from the electric roaster oven to a serving dish, and take out the vegetables and fruit inside the turkey cavity and discard. Save the drippings and broth to make gravy.
  3. Tip: If you like a crispy, browned skin, during the last half hour of cooking time, take your turkey from the electric roaster oven and put on a oven roaster pan in a conventional oven at 375 degrees to brown the skin.
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I recommend using a meat thermometer to determine the doneness when cooking meat or poultry. Insert the thermometer into the center of the thickest part of the meat. Cook until temperature for desired doneness is reached. For example, poultry should be 180 degrees or well done.

Roasters Also Cook:

Ham or Pork Roast

Lasagna

Tamales

Stews

Soups

Pies

Stuffed Cabbage

And more....

Other Types of Foods Cooked in a Roaster Oven

Bake, Steam, Slow-Cook, and Roast

Besides roasting large turkeys, hams, several chickens, I have used the electric roaster oven to cook a large batch of chili, stew, soup, enchiladas, lasagna, and chicken casserole. They are perfect for cooking a large casserole and then taking to a neighborhood potluck. All you have to do is plug it in when you get there to keep the food warm until time to serve.

I like the smaller 18-quart roasters because they are perfect for these casseroles and stews. they are also easy to transport when taking to a neighborhood potluck. It also fits in most kitchen cupboards or pantries when not in use. I store mine in the garage cabinet up on the shelf above the odd miscellaneous items.

Cooking all types of recipes in an electric roaster is easy. You will be surprised to see how many different types of meals you can cook in this portable oven without needing much effort. There is no need to always have to use the large kitchen oven for large casseroles, stews or soups, and even desserts. Each roaster brand usually provides a small recipe booklet with their appliance, so I would check out their recipes and give a few a try.

cooked ham
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How to Cook a Ham in Roaster Oven

When cooking meat such as a nice Easter ham, it is important to use the oven rack that comes with the roaster. This rack is stainless steel and keeps the meat off the bottom of the portable oven.

Cooking time depends on the type of ham you are cooking. A bone-in ham needs approximately 17 to 21 minutes per pound for a 10 to 15 pound smoked ham. A boneless smoked ham needs approximately 15 to 17 minutes per pound for a 8 to 12 pound ham. A fully cooked ham only needs 13 to 24 minutes per pound for a 5 to 10 pound ham.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 2 hours 55 min
Ready in: 3 hours
Yields: up to 12

Ingredients

  • smoked ham
  • whole cloves
  • pineapple rings
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Turn on the electric roaster oven to 325 degrees. Place a small amount of liquid such as water or broth on the bottom of the electric roaster, place the ham on the oven rack. Season the surface of the ham with your favorite seasonings. My family loves the simple seasonings such as a little pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. I stick whole cloves all around the ham and place slices of pineapple on top.
  2. Cover with the domed lid and cook until the ham is hot all the way through using the cooking chart listed above. I test with a meat thermometer to make sure it is done before removing the ham to serve. A smoked ham should be cooked to 160 degrees in the center and a fully cooked ham at 140 degrees. Slice and serve.
Oster 18 Quart Electric Roaster
Oster 18 Quart Electric Roaster

Double as Buffet Server

Great for pot lucks and family gatherings!

Some roasters come with a Buffet Server which is perfect for keeping food warm at large family gatherings or community potlucks. This holiday season is the perfect time to pick up a roaster with the added feature of the buffet insert. The price is so low that I had to look twice! I plan on buying several of these electric roasters for gifts this year.

If you are on the fence on purchasing this electric roaster due to the low price, I would not hesitate. My roaster oven was on sale but has lasted me many holiday seasons! With a nonstick enamel roaster pan, domed lid to cook a large turkey and adjustable temperature control to either warm your food warm or cook at a high temperature to get that meal done fast, it really is a great appliance to own.

Nesco Electric Roaster Ovens

Classic Roaster Ovens Since 1932

Nesco is a name that when you hear it, you think of roaster ovens. Nesco has been making electric roaster since 1932. Nesco knows roaster ovens! Besides this classic 18-quart size, Nesco also makes a small 5 quart and 6 quart electric roaster for those who don't need the large size for cooking turkeys. The small sizes are perfect for chickens, small roasts, stews, soups and casseroles. What is fun about the Nesco electric roasters is that some of the sizes can be ordered in red instead of the basic ivory or stainless steel models.

The Nesco electric roaster has a unique heating element that cooks in a circular motion around the food. Along with the domed lid, this cooking method ensures a juicy turkey or other tender and moist meats. The Nesco roaster oven can also be used for baking, slow-cooking, steaming and warming foods. Speaking of warming foods, there is a buffet server insert that can be purchased separately to fit inside the 18-quart classic porcelain cookwell or the Nesco Harvest 18-quart stainless steel cookwell. Turn your roaster from an oven into a buffet server for those large holiday parties or potlucks.

You must do a "burn in" procedure before actually cooking the food. This process is important to these Nesco electric roasters and must be done outside since the smell of the burn can be very strong. Nesco states this "burn in" will take an hour or so, but it can take a lot longer depending on the particular Nesco roaster oven you have. Once you get past this initial step, the Nesco electric roaster will last a very long time, even a lifetime.

Questions & Answers

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      • Nanciajohnson profile imageAUTHOR

        Nancy Johnson 

        3 days ago from Mesa, Arizona

        I don't have a specific recipe for roasting a crown roast in an electric oven but it would be the same as using conventional oven. Preheat oven (roaster) to 350 degrees, place roast on rack and season with salt, pepper and some garlic if desired. Bake 20 minutes per pound (1 1/2 to 2 hours) or when internal temperature of meat reaches 145. Just be aware that a roaster oven will not brown the outside of the meat quite like a conventional oven. You could switch the roast into a shallow pan and put in a hot oven for the last half hour to brown. Happy Holidays

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        Katrina 

        2 weeks ago

        Do you have a recipe for a crown roast in the toaster?

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        Amanda Hepp 

        2 weeks ago

        Let's do

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        Nancy Johnson 

        2 weeks ago from Mesa, Arizona

        A turkey breast is still about 15-20 minutes per pound so approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours at 325 degrees. I would recommend putting breast in a shallow pan with some broth to baste just like in a conventional oven. Just be aware that the skin will not brown in a roaster oven. If you want it browned, put it in the conventional oven at 359 for the last half hour. Happy Thanksgiving.

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        Brenda Lott 

        3 weeks ago

        How do you cook a Turkey Breast in my electric roaster it about a 6 to 7 pound what temperature using my roaster

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        Nancy Johnson 

        3 weeks ago from Mesa, Arizona

        I would recommend reheating the cooked and sliced pork in a shallow pan to place in the roaster. Think of it just like your conventional oven. I would add some liquid to the bottom of the pan such as vegetable or chicken broth so the pork does not dry out. Cover the pan in foil and cook at a 325 degree temperature. Check often and only reheat until hot to at least 135 degrees using a meat thermometer.

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        Marty 

        4 weeks ago

        Nancy, I will be cooking and freezing several pork tenderloins. Once the cooked pork is thawed and sliced, how would you recommend I reheat them in the roaster oven. Thank you for this helpful article.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        5 weeks ago from Mesa, Arizona

        A full roaster of precooked sausage should reheat much faster than raw. I would use 350 degrees setting but watch to make sure the bottom layer does not get too dark. I recommend stirring the sausage often to heat evenly. This also will ensure it heats throughout. If you have a meat thermometer, you can check it several times and it is done at 165 degrees. Depending on how many pounds you have, I would expect cooking time to be about 30 to 45 minutes.

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        Lisa 

        6 weeks ago

        I have precooked my sausage but how long will it take to reheat a full roaster and what temp?

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        Jackie 

        2 months ago

        I need to make a large batch of apple butter (96 four ounce jars) would my roaster work for that?

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        Nancy Johnson 

        2 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        The buffet server is created for keeping foods warm to serve at dinner. The gravy would be okay but the carrots and peas should be cooked prior to putting in the server. I hope this answers your questions satisfactory. Happy Thanksgiving.

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        Pam 

        2 months ago

        I was wanting to use the 3 part buffet server for thanksgiving dinner.

        Could i put uncooked carrots, frozen peas and Gravy to reheat in it?

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        Nancy Johnson 

        3 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        At a temperature of 350 degrees, cook the sausage about 20-30 minutes turn and cook until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.

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        Zerr 

        4 months ago

        How long and on what temp should i cook 20lbs of Italian sausage?

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        Marilyn Goodwin 

        5 months ago

        Good morning,

        I just purchased a Rival electic roaster in order to cook lasagna for 20 people at an outing. I am planning on making fast lasagna, mix everything in a large bowl , spreading sauce on the bottom of the pan, adding my mixture, 2 pounds of cooked egg noodles, 64 oz, of ricotta, 6 eggs, 2 pounds of mozzarella, parmesan cheese 2 cups and 3 or 4 jars of sauce.would the above cook in the roaster and if so what temp and for how long?

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        Nancy Johnson 

        6 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        Using the roaster for uncooked pasta works for Italian dishes such as baked ziti because the tomato based sauce has water in it. Just cook on a lower temperature to avoid scorching. However, I would be concerned with trying to do this with a cheese/milk base sauce due to the milk type products scorching so quickly. A Macaroni and Cheese dish is best if the noodles could be precooked. I hope your get together goes well.

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        Elena C 

        7 months ago

        I need to make macaroni and cheese for roughly 100 people next weekend. Can I do this in my 22qt electric roaster? Can i do it without cooking the pasta first?

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        Melissa G 

        7 months ago

        I am going to make 2 turkey breasts in my roasting pan. Never used it for cooking before so lots of questions. 1) Do I put water in the lower base pan while I am baking the breasts? 2) Breast meat can be so dry and bland tasting, what spices can I use to flavor them? 3) Do i cover the breasts with foil while cooking in the roaster? 4) I need to prepare plates for approx 35 people with all the trimmings, will 16 lbs of meat be enough? Thank you for your help I need asap.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        8 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        If you want to steam your food dish, otherwise it is used like a conventional oven.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        8 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        I agree to the time based on the size of the dish. I recommend watching the sauce so it doesn't dry out or burn. No higher than a low temp 300-325

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        Nancy Johnson 

        8 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        Yes in a baking pan on the roaster rack using the same temperature as a conventional oven.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        8 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        This roaster works like an oven so for shrimp I would suggest steaming in a pan on the rack with liquid. Low temp for a short amount of time depending on the size of shrimp.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        8 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        I recommend roasting meat on the rack. Some broth to baste the meat so it does not dry out in the heat of the oven.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        8 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        It will cook just like putting the roast beef in the conventional oven. If you want to make a shredded beef then I would suggest the crock pot.

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        Erika Rains 

        8 months ago

        Can I do a beef brisket in my roster oven?

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        janice Ewing 

        10 months ago

        Can I cook a New England boiled dinner in my electric roaster oven?

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        Sandy 

        11 months ago

        Does the roaster cook a beef roast faster than a crock pot? I gotvitball in there and didnt think about that first

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        Kevin B. 

        11 months ago

        I have 2 vintage roasters, a late 1940's Nesco and a 1951-52 Westinghouse. I bought a 5.2 lb bone-in pork sirloin roast Yesterday and am planning to use one of my roasters (first time) to cook this roast. My questions: #1 Should I put the roast on the removable rack or set directly in the pan. #2 Do I add liquid and /or veggies to the pan or...?

        Thanks!

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        Dixie Koser 

        11 months ago

        Can we steam shrimp in my electric roaster? If so, at what temp and how long?

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        Jeannine Batte 

        11 months ago

        I have a 3# London broil. What temp and how long to cook?

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        Sue W 

        12 months ago

        hi...just wanting to know if a person can make tater tot hot dish in an over roaster?

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        Lois W. 

        12 months ago

        How long do you thing I'd have to cook a large batch of Swiss Vegetable Medley using 4 lbs veggies, cheese, crm of mushroom soup, and sour cream. If I put it in a foil pan, on a rack, I'm thinking 2-2 1/2 hours? The veggies would be frozen from a bag, but thawed ahead of time. It usually takes about *35-40 minutes to cook a one pound bag recipe.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        12 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        I am sorry I was delayed in answering your question, yes the roaster oven should work to keep a cooked casserole warm. Put the oven on a low temperature and place pan on roaster rack. An roaster is not quite like a "warmer" so watch it to not dry out your dish if left too long.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        12 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        Vicki, you will need to put them on a shallow pan or oven-proof dish to bake. They will cook but may not brown. I am not sure what kind of dish you are making but if it is a potato based casserole, it will work just fine.

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        Vicki 

        12 months ago

        Can you cook frozen diced potatoes in a roaster oven. I have 10 pkg to cook

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        Cristi 

        12 months ago

        Wondering if you could place a couple of already cooked casseroles/side dishes in the roaster and use it as a warming oven. Thanks!

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        Nancy Johnson 

        13 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        Place both turkey breasts side by side on the rack and roast to the recommended temperature for poultry. Add broth to the roaster pan for moisture and basting. The roaster oven does not brown like a convention oven so if a browned skin is desired, bake for the last 30 minutes in a hot conventional oven to brown the skin. Happy Thanksgiving!

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        Nancy Johnson 

        13 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        Yes, just put the stuffing mixture into an oven proof dish or pan with some broth for moisture. Place the dish/pan on the rack that come with the roaster. Bake as directed for a conventional oven.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        13 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        You can use it like a portable oven but yes I would recommend to put it in an oven proof dish or pan. Use the rack the comes with the roaster oven too. The design of the roaster should cook a very moist stuffing.

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        Judy Wolfe 

        13 months ago

        How do I cook 2 turkey breastin my roaster?

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        Iva 

        13 months ago

        Can I cook stuffing in my roaster oven?

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        Jane Clement 

        13 months ago

        To cook dressing (stuffing) in the roaster oven, do I put it directly into the roaster, or put it in a dish, and put in roaster?

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        Gwyn 

        13 months ago

        Can I cook a small turkey breast and a pre sliced ham in the same electric roaster oven?

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        Barbara 

        16 months ago

        Hi! I would like to make eggs for 35 people using my electric roaster. Do you have any recipes?

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        Nancy Johnson 

        17 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        I am sorry I have been ill and did not see your comment until tonight. The roaster oven is not quite like a fry pan in that I am not sure how brown the meat will get especially such a large quantity. Think of it like an oven to where on a higher temperature you could cook or bake the ground beef till done and then add the sauce. If you have a large fry pan, you could saute the meat first then put in the roaster oven with the sauce to simmer on a lower temperature. That would work as well. It is nice because you can serve to guests right from the Nesco Roaster.

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        Janette R 

        17 months ago

        I would like to make sloppy joes for a large group. I am using 8 pounds of ground beef. Can I brown the meat in the Nesco? If so what temperature and how long will it take to brown that much ground beef? Thank you.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        22 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        Thank you for your kind comment. Happy Cooking!

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        Nancy Johnson 

        22 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        yes since it works like an oven. The bags are made to withstand heat. Sorry for the delay in my reply. Thank you for your comment.

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        Jessica R 

        22 months ago

        This article was very helpful! Thank you.

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        Carol 

        23 months ago

        Can you use the roasting bag for cooking in the electric oven?

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        Nancy Johnson 

        24 months ago from Mesa, Arizona

        Cook the Lasagna in your Roaster Oven just has you would in a conventional oven. Did your roaster come with a rack? Make the lasagna using either your recipe or the basic one I use that I will list for you below. Make the lasagna in a large baking pan such as 11" x 14" size. I use the disposable ones now for easy clean up! Put the prepared lasagna on the baking rack in the roaster oven at 350 degrees, cover and bake at least 45 min to 1 hour making sure the center is melted and hot!

        My easy recipe:

        1-2 jars of prepared spaghetti sauce

        1 pound cooked ground Italian sausage

        1 lb cooked lasagna noodles

        1 16oz container of ricotta cheese

        1 lb of grated mozzarella cheese(optional)

        Put a thin layer of sauce on bottom of pan (keeps from sticking). Layer in this order: cooked noodles, sauce, sprinkle of meat, olives, sprinkle mozzarella cheese, spoonfuls of ricotta cheese about 4" apart. Repeat until top of pan or all noodles are used.

        I hope you enjoy cooking in your new electric roaster!

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        Nancy Johnson 

        2 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        Are you looking to for a casserole type dish or something like Chicken Marsala? A favorite of mine is Chicken Divan which is layering broccoli, chicken in the pan and covering with a mixture of cream of chicken soup (2 cans), 1 cup mayonnaise. lemon juice and 2 tsp cumin. Pour this over the layers, bake at 375 until done. Serve with a side of rice.

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        Susan L. 

        2 years ago

        I am looking for a chicken breast recipe for 30-35 people for Chanukah.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        2 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        The one thing about an electric roaster oven is that they are not exactly like a crock pot or slow cooker but more like a conventional oven in that the liquid may have the tendency to simmer and evaporate into steam. I use my crock pot for soups. Thank you for your question.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        2 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        You can cook just about all types of meats, potatoes and casseroles in an electric roaster oven. Yes I would put them on a baking pan on the rack. Bake at 350. Just remember they will not crisp or brown as they would in a regular oven. That is the only drawback of this type of oven. I hope that helps!

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        Kim W. 

        2 years ago

        Hi

        I wondering if I can cook frozen potatoes wedges in the roaster? Can I put them right on the rack or in a shallow pan on the rack?

        My oven is cooking a no peek primerib roast and saint open the door fir anything (foodwishes.com). Best roast ever! We are sick of mashed potatoes :(

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        Dempsey 

        2 years ago

        What temperature and time would you use for an Apple Crisp baked in its own pan in the roaster oven.

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        Islandtimecook 

        2 years ago

        I would like to use an electric toaster oven to make soup stock (fish, chicken, etc). Even though most roasters can go as high as 450F would the liquid in the roaster ever come to a boil or at least a full simmer? Thanks.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        2 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        It is recommended to cook raw meat including ground sausage to 160-165 degrees internal temperature. In a roaster oven set at 400 degrees, it may take up to 20 minutes per pound or an hour. Place the sausage links into the roaster and place 3-4 cups of liquid over the sausage. I would rotate the links several times during cooking to ensure the links are cooked evenly. If you want your sausage links browned, you may need to place them on a baking tray and finish cooking in a hot conventional oven. This will brown the sausage skin if that is a preference. Thank you for your question.

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        Jamie 

        2 years ago

        I have 30#'s of pork sausage links. How long will it take to cook all them

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        Nancy Johnson 

        2 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        For the pasta and sauce you only need a low temp to keep it hot for serving. I would say no higher than 300 degrees. Also if you borrow a roaster without a rack you can use a small baking rack such as the kind used to cool cookies or pies. The other way to steam hot dogs without a rack is to use a stainless steel steamer rack or even a small stainless colander with little feet. Anything with air vent holes to raise it up off the lining of the roaster pan. That way the water/liquid is underneath and the steam rises to cook the dogs. I hope this helps you for your party!

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        Nancy Johnson 

        2 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        I am sorry I have not logged in for a month or so and missed seeing your question! I hope you were able to prepare the scalloped potatoes with success. First I would refer you to the manufacturer's booklet just to be sure of what your brand of roaster recommends. I would place the baking pan with the potatoes on a rack and yes, add a bit of water in the roaster pan. You shouldn't need much since the potatoes should only take less than an hour to bake. I hope you had success!

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        Kim 

        2 years ago

        I want to keep pasta and sauce hot in my roaster for my daughter's grad party. What temp should I keep it on? Also, if I borrowed a roaster from someone and they don't have a rack, what is the best way to steam hotdogs without the rack in the roaster?

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        dorothy shannon 

        2 years ago

        when making scalloped pototes in roaster to you add water betweenliner & pan?

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        Nancy Johnson 

        2 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        An electric roaster is similar to a small oven which will bake or roast many different items even baked beans! I would recommend using a rack on the bottom of the oven which many come with and put the baked beans in a oven proof baking dish. That should eliminate any messy sicking on the bottom of your roaster! I hope this answers your question. Let me know how your baked beans turn out!

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        Carol 

        2 years ago

        Can you make baked beans in an electric roaster

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        Nancy Johnson 

        3 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        Susan:

        It is not necessary to brown the chicken pieces before putting in the roaster to cook; however, browning meat first will seal the juices in and give the skin a bit more crispier texture. This sounds like a saucy recipe (and delicious) so I personally would not brown the chicken first. Cooking in a roaster will keep the chicken tender! I hope this helps!

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        Susan L. 

        3 years ago

        I want to cook a Apricot Green Chili Chicken recipe using individual pieces of chicken. Do I need to brown it in a pan and then add to the roaster with sauce to finish cooking? Cooking for 30-35 people. Any advise would be most appreciated.

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        Taranwanderer 

        3 years ago

        This hub makes me want to search for the best electric roaster out there for my compilation of kitchen stuff. I could use one for Thanksgiving, which is coming up in less than a month. http://pinstor.us/category/kitchen/

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        Nancy Johnson 

        5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        @katie-kingsley-58: I bake in the roaster oven just as I would in the conventional oven. Do you have a favorite lasagna recipe already? If not, I can add mine to this lens. Tip for the roaster oven: wipe liner pan with oil or spray oil, preheat to 400, spread 1/2 cup or more of sauce in bottom of pan (avoids sticking), build lasagna right in pan and bake covered for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until center is hot and set. If edges start to brown adjust temperature to 350 and cook until done. Lasagna Roll Ups would work great for serving 30 children! They could each have their own lasagna roll! The roaster is perfect to bake in and transport to school. It will keep the food warm until time to eat. I sure hope this helps! Let me know how it turns out!

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        katie-kingsley-58 

        5 years ago

        Also, I probably should have mentioned that the 18 qt roaster oven that I have is an Oster. I'm not sure if it makes a difference from one brand to the next. I got mine durings the holidays last year. It is the black one that is still advertised. I really would appreciate guidance on this. I'm looking to serve about 30...

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        katie-kingsley-58 

        5 years ago

        I am looking for a recipe for lasagna to make in my 18 quart roaster oven. I am hoping to make this for my students on an early dismissal day. I'd really appreciate help with this.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        @anonymous: Happy New Year to you as well. Thank you for visiting my lens.

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        Really good Lens, well thought out and presented. Best wishes to you for 2013.

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        Nancy Johnson 

        6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        @olmpal: I love my electric roaster, it is better than the biggest crockpot you can find.

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        olmpal 

        6 years ago

        I'm impressed! Baking, steaming, slow-cooking and roasting all with one Electric Roaster Oven! How cool!

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        Nancy Johnson 

        6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        @JoshK47: thank you for the blessing!

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        Nancy Johnson 

        6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        @tvyps: For a large chicken (I put 2 at a time in my roaster) or turkey, I figure on 15 minutes per pound. The roaster does not dry out the poultry like a conventional oven will. We love roasted chicken.

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        Teri Villars 

        6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        Interesting. How long does it take to cook a chicken or turkey in one of these?

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        WindyWintersHubs 

        6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

        My daughter has one and loves it. I will have to put one on my wish list. Thanks for your info and recommendations. :)

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        JoshK47 

        6 years ago

        Very good information - always good to get extra cooking tips. :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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        squid-pinkchic18 

        6 years ago

        My mom perfected the art of electric roasters, I'm still learning. But this lens was definitely helpful. Nicely done!

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        Gayle Dowell 

        6 years ago from Kansas

        I always wanted to get one of these, but never knew what to look for in purchasing one. I love the idea of having a second oven for holiday dinners. Thanks for this lens. Blessed.

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