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The World’s Best Kitchen Gadget - Quesadilla Makers and Recipes
Tortilla stuffed quesadillas
Buy a Quesadilla Maker
If you are not familiar with quesadilla makers, then click on over to Amazon.com or even eBay and find the world's best kitchen gadget. I heartily recommend the Oster Quesadilla Maker and I have used mine for about 3 years trouble free.
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. They come with recipe books and you can easily make your own recipes. No need for a toaster either because it only takes a moment or two to make toast in a quesadilla maker.
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.
How to use 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.
You will no longer be perplexed by wondering if it is time to turn the pancakes or crepes. All you have to do is pour the batter on one side and close the lid. Two sided cooking ensues. Set a timer for two or three minutes and voilá, your perfect crepe or pancake pops right out.
Toasting a burger bun or two is child's play. Making great quesadillas takes as little as five minutes. Heating up sausage patties or hamburger patties is simple. You can even cook an egg in these handy dandy appliances. French toast is a breeze. Try Bob's Grilled Cheese quesadilla recipe or mix up just about anything for a tasty grilled cheese sandwich.
How to Make Bob's Grilled Cheese Sandwich Video
Bob's Grilled Cheese Sandwich (The one in the video)
Bob declared this concoction to be the best grilled cheese ever. Bob is a meat lover, cheese lover and can't get enough of mushrooms and garlic. He 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.
Ingredients for Bob's Grilled Cheese Special Quesadilla Maker Recipe
- A half cup or so of beef sausage link, chopped
- Some sliced mushrooms
- Some chopped garlic
- Some picante sauce, to taste
- A half cup or so of cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 pieces bread or flour tortillas
Instructions for Quesadilla Maker Grilled Cheese Recipe
- 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 to melt butter, 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.
Pancakes and Crepes
How to Make Crepes and 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.
Making pancakes or crepes is exactly the same as making them in a pan, but it 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.
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 either for pancakes or crepe recipes. Add more liquid to the batter for a thin crepe style pancake.
Crepes are made exactly the same way with thinner batter and a 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.
Crepes to stuff and roll
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© 2012 Lela