Grill indoors with your stovetop grill pan!
Indoor grilling on a grill pan can be easier and more practical at times than starting up the ol' fire pit or grill. All year around you can make grilled food with a stove top grill. Cooking on a stovetop grill is easy and fast.
There are several options for stovetop grill pans but in general the principal is that you have a pan with ridges (imitating the grate of a barbecue) which allows you to cook meats at a high temperature and recreate the caramelized grill marks that you get from outdoor grilling.
Several brands make various stove top grills. One of my favorites is my Le Creuset grill pan. Le Creuset is a French company which makes superior cooking pots, pans and utensils. They are special because they are cast iron coated with an enamel exterior. They last a long time, conduct heat perfectly, and result in perfectly grilled, stewed, or sauteed dishes.
You can find a bigger stove top grill which covers two burners, giving you more working space if you have a big family, or a hearty appetite! This one is reversible. You can flip it to use the other side as a griddle to fry eggs, make bacon or make pancakes.
When you are done cooking, simply rinse it, scrape off any food sticking to it and thats it! Easy and quick!
Most grilling recipes you make on an outdoor barbeque, fire pit or grill can be made indoors on a grill pan. Just make sure you get that pan nice and hot. For recipes that require more indirect heat, for roasting over a long time, such as grilled whole chicken or ribs, the stovetop grill is not suitable. Rather, you should substitute a grill, the oven or a rotisserie cooker for slow roasting bigger cuts of meat.
A grill pan isn't the only indoor grill. Check out more ideas for indoor grilling!
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