Cooking with toaster oven may seem elementary, but this is one kitchen appliance that can really elevate the meals that you cook at home. For a lot of people using their conventional sized oven can be a real chore. It can also use up a fair amount of time and energy. Having a countertop oven in your kitchen is a great way to make cooking a lot more efficient and fun.
As you will see below, you can make so much more than just toast. If you happen to get one with all of the bells and whistles that offer you advanced cooking technology, then you should be able to completely replace your full sized oven except for only bigger meals. There are tons of fantastic recipes out there, but here are just a few recipes to get you started that you can pull of in a toaster oven that will delight the entire family.
Mini Breakfast Pizza
We all know how having a pizza for breakfast can turn pre-assumed dull day to a brighter one. Thanks to your toaster oven, you can prepare one in not more than 10 minutes. Here is a quick recipe for a four servings.
You will need four eggs, Oregano leaves (dried) 1/2 cup of Italian cheese blend, 2 English muffins, and a 1/3 cup pizza sauce.
Preheat your toaster oven to 450 degrees, then coat a skillet with cooking spray: ensure you heat over medium heat until hot. Gently pour in eggs across the pan with an inverted turner to form a soft curd. Pull, Lift and fold the eggs until thickened. Remove from heat and do not stir constantly. Spread the pizza sauce on muffin halves, top with eggs and the Italian cheese and place on a baking sheet. Place your pizza in your toaster oven and let it cook until you see the cheese melting. This should take not more than 2 minutes. Sprinkle with oregano and you now can enjoy your delicious mini breakfast pizza with your family.
Toaster Oven Bacon
Bacon, everyone knows how to cook it, just fry, right? But, not everyone knows how to do it right with a toaster oven. Here is a little help.
You will need a bacon, of course, four slices at least for one serving, baking sheet, aluminum foil, and tong.
One terrible mistake those who claims to know how to prepare the bacon on toaster oven makes is preheating it, well I won’t advise that. Starting with a cold oven ensures that your bacon cooks slowly and evenly in good temperature.
Get your baking sheet and put a foil upon it. Prepare the bacon and put in the toaster oven when cold. Close the door of your oven and adjust the temperature to around 400 degrees then check the color of the bacon after around 20 minutes. If it turns brown then it’s ready if it isn’t it means that you need to increase the temperature if that’s possible in your toaster oven.
To many, baked oatmeal is a morning must, since it provides nutrients and fiber that our bodies require. All you need is few minutes in your toaster oven, and you have a wonderful and healthy breakfast.
You will need a bay leaf, 1 cup of rolled oats, raisins ( 2 tablespoons), a tablespoon of almonds and cinnamon, sugar and salt.
Boil salted water and the bay leaf in a small saucepan after preheating your toaster oven to around 375 degrees Fahrenheit. When water boils, add your oatmeal and turn it to a medium low mode. Add the raisins and toasted nuts to the oats, and then pour the mix into two ramekins. Top with cinnamon and sugar and bake for few minutes 20 minutes at most. You should not be ready to enjoy your baked oatmeal breakfast!
Toaster Oven Meatloaf (with chili)
Many people like a toaster oven meatloaf but do not how to prepare it right. Here what you need to make a delicious toaster oven meatloaf. You will need a 1/2 cup of milk, sandwich bread( white)ground round, onion and garlic, chili sauce, 1/4 glaze and ketchup, two lightly beaten eggs coarse sugar and brown sugar.
Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees F and with the rack at the bottom. Pour milk over sandwich bread until soaked then add pork, ground round, onion garlic, chili/ pepper parsley salt and the lightly beaten eggs in the bowl. Mix them completely but not to the point where your meatloaf will be dense. Bake for at least 50 minutes and let it rest for 5 minutes after removing from your toaster oven. You can spread two tablespoons on top and return to the toaster oven for another few minutes.
These are just a few basic recipes to get you started. Any recipe that you have that requires the use of an oven can be cooked in a toaster oven. Check out the video below of more great examples that you can prepare in your countertop oven.