5 Creative Foods to Make in Your Toaster Oven
Toaster ovens might just be the unsung heroes of the kitchen. They easily fit on your counter, use less energy and quickly cook up a meal just as well as your conventional oven. And unlike ovens, they don't give off a ton of heat and make your kitchen uncomfortably warm. Why not take advantage of a toaster oven's cooking capabilities beyond toasting bread or reheating last night's leftovers. If there's a meal you love, chances are there's a way your toaster oven can cook it up.
Think outside the box with these five ideas for creative foods to make in your Oster® Large Digital Countertop Oven:
1. Fast Fajitas
While fajitas are traditionally cooked on the stovetop, you can enjoy this delicious Mexican meal in minutes by heating the ingredients in your toaster oven. Brush a 13" x 9" baking sheet with olive oil, then spread out pre-cooked sliced chicken, onions and peppers - try a mix of red, green and yellow for a dash of color - in the pan. Sprinkle with lime juice, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin and jalapenos if you like spice and cook at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Once you take the pan out, place a few tortillas in the toaster oven to warm them up. Then, spoon the fajita mix into the tortillas, top with avocado and sour cream, and enjoy. Shrimp or shaved steak also make great fajita fillings. As an added benefit, cooking fajitas in one pan makes clean up quick!
2. Baked Eggs
Sometimes you just need to switch it up from your standard scrambled or sunny-side-up eggs. Baked eggs are simple to make and versatile. Butter three ramekins, and crack two eggs into each. Add a little skim milk, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake in your Oster® Large Digital Countertop Oven at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. That's the basic formula, but if you want to jazz up your eggs, try adding a some shredded mozzarella, crumbled feta cheese, herbs or spinach to the ramekins before baking.
3. Easy Cornbread
Looking for the perfect addition to your barbecue spread or a side to round out dinner, but don't want to fire up the oven? Look no further than simple toaster oven cornbread. Butter a 9" pan and mix together 1 egg with 2 cups of cornmeal, 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk and 1/4 cup of vegetable oil. Pour into the pan, then bake in your toaster oven at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, rotating the pan 180 degrees halfway through the cooking time.
"Broiled grapefruit is perfect for breakfast or dessert."
4. Broiled Grapefruit
You've probably never thought to stick a grapefruit in your toaster oven, but as a matter of fact, it makes a great breakfast or healthy dessert. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut a grapefruit in half, and then sprinkle the top of each half with the cinnamon sugar. Cook in your toaster oven for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Just make sure you let the grapefruit cool off for a few minutes before digging in!
5. Banana S'Mores
Cooking s'mores over a campfire is a lot of fun, but for cold or rainy nights, try making some in your toaster oven. This recipe also takes the classic s'more up a notch by swapping graham crackers for a banana. Slice a banana lengthwise, but not all the way through. Fill with dark chocolate chips and marshmallows, and place on a piece of aluminum foil. Cook in your Oster® Large Digital Countertop Oven at 400 degrees for 5-6 minutes until the chocolate and marshmallows are melted.