When I was a kid, my mother had an electric skillet that we used a lot! I mean, we made eggs and bacon in it, we cooked pancakes in it, and on Sunday, my mom would cook a roast with potatoes and carrots. Early in my marriage, I also had an electric skillet that I would use quite often. But as time evolved, somehow I got away from using it. The skillet that I had broke and just a few years ago my husband bought me an inexpensive one, like this, to use for a class that I was teaching. Since that class, I haven't used it much. Until, that is, last Sunday. On Sunday, before leaving for church, I often put a roast in the crock pot to cook for dinner. Last Sunday, I had the roast in the refrigerator, but I forgot to put it in the crock pot. I came home from church and realized my folly and that there was no time for a crock pot roast. I wondered to myself, "Self, what would your mom have done?" That is when I thought of the electric skillet! I pulled it out, dusted it off and here is what I did.
First, I seasoned my roast with seasoned salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, and whatever sounds good. Then I seared it, at about 400 degrees on both sides in olive oil. Give it a good browning. Next, I added chopped onion, sliced potatoes and sliced carrots to the skillet and about 2 T. of Worcestershire Sauce over the meat and 3/4 c. of water all around over the veggies. I also salt and peppered the veggies. It had been a long time since I had done a roast this way, so I was kind of faking it. Now I was ready to turn the pan down to 300 degrees and put the lid on. I just left it alone for about 1 hour I think. I checked to make sure there was a little liquid during the process so things wouldn't burn and stick to the pan.
One thing about cooking a roast this way, the meat doesn't fall apart like it does from the crock pot. You have to slice it and use the pan juices on it, or make a sauce or gravy. One thing I did forget though is how delicious the carmalization on the vegetables is when you pull them out of the pan. There is just a depth of flavor in them that I had forgotten about after all of these year.
I can't believe I didn't think about using the electric skillet during the summer. It made a great meal without heating up the house at all. On Sunday it was nice to be able to give my family a nice meal even though I forgot to do the prep in the morning. A few days later, I made chicken and rice in the skillet as well. It was nice to cook the chicken with a sauce and rice all in the same pan. The clean up is easy, too!. I may be going back to using the electric skillet more often.
Do you have any recipes that you love to do in your electric skillet? Let me know, I may try them out. Here is a larger skillet for those of you with larger families. We are getting closer to being empty nesters and would only need this big size occasionally.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!